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My Name is Khan Soundtrack

My Name is Khan is a Bollywood movie that captures the post-9/11 journey of a Muslim immigrant who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The movie and its soundtrack by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Niranjan Iyengar, and Loy Mendonca has remained at the top of the charts since its release in January.

There are six original tracks on My Name is Khan. The first song, "Sajdaa," is sung by Richa Sharma Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shankar Mahadevan. "Sajdaa" is the hip, happy song of this album, and brings a spring to your feet. The tracks that follow are the melodius "Noor E-Khuda, sung by Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan, and Shreya Ghoshal then "Tere Naina," whose lead vocals by Shaqat Amanat Ali are an absolute delight to ears. The song praises the “eyes of beloved” and transforms into more traditional qawwali toward the end.

“Allah Hi Reham” is a concoction of Sufism and spiritualism that includes a four-minute solo sung by Rashid Khan. It's lyrics are the best in that the song stays longest in your mind. The titular theme performed by The Bombay Film Orchestra is mildly pleasing, but it could have been better. The album ends with "Rang De," sung by Shankar Mahadevan with Suraj Jaggan on accompanying percussion, and is the perfect close for this wonderful musical experience, as it is an inspirational tune that conveys the virtue of goodness and honor.

The disc also has four bonus tracks that reference the filmic history the stars of this movie (Shahrukh Khan and Kajol) have together: “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” “Suraj Hua Maddham,” “Kal Ho Na Ho,” and “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.” The CD also features a video of the film's theatrical trailer. The album artwork is designed beautifully, like a manual. The pages have the storyline of the film, director’s notes, stills from movie, song lyrics translated into English, and a dedication to the people behind music.

All the songs on this soundtrack are a welcome change from your typical boisterous filmy pop. My Name is Khan takes a detour by embracing classical Hindustani music, and the elements from Sufism give the music a mystical touch. The lovely lyrics sung by soothing voices make these songs exemplary.

Written by: Sunitha Jayan, April 1st 2010