A. R. Rahman
| 29 March 2001|
| 6 April 2001 (2001-04-06)|
Panchathan Record Inn, Chennai
The Hundred‑Foot Journey, Rang De Basanti, Million Dollar Arm, Kochadaiiyaan, Raanjhanaa
The acclaimed soundtrack of the film Lagaan was composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. There are six songs and two instrumental pieces in this film. Rahman incorporated several music styles and genres to create the soundtrack.
Upon release, the soundtrack became highly popular, with all songs becoming huge hits. It also received high critical acclaim, with many reviewers stating it as a "Magnum Opus" by A. R. Rahman. It is described as one of Rahman's finest and most successful works to date. The rich background score of the film also got great critical acclaim and is said to have contributed immensely to the film's success.
The Los Angeles Times said that the "songs and dances are not mere interludes inserted in the action, bringing it to a halt—a Bollywood trademark—but are fully integrated into the plot and marked by expressive, dynamic singing and dancing that infuse a historical drama with energy and immediacy." A review of the tracks suggests that "the music is true to the time period (the British Raj)". Another review said: "A. R. Rahman is again at his prodigious best. His score for Aamir Khan's period drama Lagaan is a delectable blend of Indian classical music, folk melodies and jazzy snazzy tunes." The reviewer of Screen India said, "Great music, heard after a long time, which elevates your senses. That Rahman's among the best is proved here." The soundtrack was ranked No. 44 on Amazon.com's "The 100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time". The soundtrack won 3 National Film Awards in three categories. A. R. Rahman won the award for the best music, Udit Narayan won the Best Male Playback Singer Award for "Mitwa" and Javed Akhtar won the Best Lyrics Award for "Ghanan Ghanan" and "Radha Kaise Na Jale". Lagaan also became the biggest audio hit of the year by topping the music charts and selling 3.5 million records within a year.
1Ghanan GhananAlka Yagnik - Udit Narayan - Shaan - 6:12Lagaan (soundtrack) Wikipedia
2MitwaAlka Yagnik - Udit Narayan - Sukhwinder Singh - 6:48
3Radha Kaise Na JaleUdit Narayan - Asha Bhosle - Vaishali Samant5:35