Theme to Swades

swades.jpg Make no mistake, AR Rahman was on a serious roll last year. The soundtracks to Yuva, Meenaxi and Swades are astonishing achievements, even by his lofty standards. It is a tribute to his (and his production company's) talents that he could actually leave out perfectly wonderful pieces of music out of the actual albums. In particular, I am referring to the Swades opening theme. This haunting tune plays during the opening credits and at places throughout the film. I also remember it accompanying the TV promos in India. One of the main thrusts of the film itself is how India still exerts its pull on the folks departed from its shores. The main riff is a perfect encapsulation of that sentiment, yet is not on the CD! Thus, I've taken the liberty of making it available. Without further ado, here's the Theme to Swades. Notice the transition to the Yeh Tara Woh Tara opening in the bridge section. Also, is it me or does the airline captain speaking over the intercom sound suspiciously like Shahrukh Khan's voice filtered?

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- June 24, 2005 12:34 AM // Bollywood , Music