Songs 2011: Kolaveri Di ruled the roost


By Hindustan Times

The chartbusters in 2011 saw the likes of Bhaag D K Bose, Sadda Haq, Dhinka Chika and Chammak Challo fighting for supremacy until Dhanush crooned Kolaveri di and as the year drew to a close his soup song was on everyone's lips.

Controversial lyrics, inspirations from global folk, influence of Punjabi music were the order of the day. There was agony as well as the music world lost some of its best known names. Classical music maestro Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, ghazal king Jagjit Singh, sarangi player and singer Ustad Sultan Khan and actors Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand, on whom hundreds of Bollywoods songs were pictured, passes away during the year.

Of the films released in the year, the music of AR Rahman's Rockstar stood out. While Sadda haq became a virtual anthem of sorts, other songs of the Ranbir Kapoor-Nargis Fakri starrer like the foot-tapping Tango for Taj and the Sufi Kun faya kun were quite hummable.

The year also marked a new achievement for the double Oscar-winner, who collaborated with international names like Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Damian Marley for SuperHeavy, taking Satyamev Jayate to the global audience in the band's first album.

Raising hopes for the coveted Oscars, three songs from Dam 999, which sparked the Mullaperiyar dam controversy, are in the race in the Academy's Original Song category.

Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu, DAM999 theme song and Mujhe Chod Ke are penned by director Sohan Roy and set to tune by noted Malayalam composer Ousephachan.