First things first. I am no music expert. Neither is my taste in music very evolved. But such was this soundtrack’s impact on me that I was forced to write about it.
Kaksparsh , an upcoming marathi film which releases on 4th may is a period drama set in 1930-1950s Konkan Maharashtra. The music naturally has been composed by keeping the period in mind. But what amazed me about the OST is that 4 out of 5 songs in the album have been sung without any instruments playing in the background. It is only the soulful and magical voice of Vibhawari Apte-Joshi that we hear. There is something about her voice that oozes bliss. It calms you down. I am presently preparing hard for an important exam and needless to say I feel stressed by the end of the day. But as soon as I listen to these brilliant tracks all the stress vanishes. All the songs from the album can be heard here. The soothing vocals of this highly reputed classical singer of the Jaipur Gharana are probably have the most impact in the first track Ugavala Narayana. Her voice and the words describing the atmosphere of a beautiful dawn instantly brighten up your frame of mind.
In these times of rampant voice modulation to have such songs is indeed a bold decision and the composer Rahul Ranade and director Mahesh Manjrekar deserve special appreciation for it.
The contribution of the lyricist Soumitra(Kishore Kadam) to the album is also very vital. He is particularly impressive in the song Tak Ghusal Ghusal. The words very effectively signify the expectations from a married Indian woman in the Pre-Independence days with a touch of poignancy. Also notice how he ends every line with the unique marathi letter ‘la’ without making the words feel even one bit contrived. This is a significant achievement as the only other lyricist who was successful in such an attempt was the legendary lyricist-scriptwriter-actor G.D.Madgulkar with his song ‘Ghananila’, quite a few decades ago.
However, my personal pick of the album would be the only track sung with instruments Janma Baicha. The video gives an indication that it is a ‘Sangeet’ song. The words vividly depict how quickly a girl married as a child is forced to grow up. There is an inherent beauty in the seemingly simple composition as well.
The trailer and now the OST have heightened my expectations from the film which stars Sachin Khedekar, Urmila Bapat, Medha Manjrekar and Ketaki Mategoankar amongst others. With Zee Talkies taking up the distribution the Mahesh Manjrekar produced film is being nicely promoted and is also expected to have a good release in Mumbai, much unlike other recent quality marathi films like Baboo Band Baaja which release in multiplexes mostly with morning and afternoon shows and are kicked out in the second week itself. Another thing I would personally want is a release with substantial number of subtitled prints as that would encourage the non-marathi speaking audience to watch the film in cinema halls as well. Let’s hope Kaksparsh lives up to the high expectations and the good run for Marathi cinema in recent weeks would continue.