Aatma (Third Album)

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After two-and-a-half years in hibernation, Indipop fusion band Colonial Cousins, sprung into action with their third album Aatma. Released in April 2001, under the Sony label, the nine-track album was a delectable fusion of Indian vocals and contemporary instrumentation. Besides being busy in playback singing Hariharan had cut a ghazal album “Kaash” last year, while Lewis has been busy composing jingles and producing music.

Hariharan, an exponent of Carnatic music trained in Hindustani gayaki under the tutelage of Padamshree Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, displays vocal skills in his rich baritone in songs like “Guiding Star”, “Mata Pita” and “Dheem Dheem Dhirena”.

Lewis, on the other hand, chips in with the pop element. While the English lyrics Lewis sings have depth and meaning, his vocals are delightfully sweet at places. One can easily detect a conscious attempt on his part to infuse his singing with emotion. Still, the saving grace of “Aatma” is the emphatic presence of Hariharan.

There is also a song “I Love You Girl” which Hariharan has dedicated to his daughter Divya. Its title “I love you girl, for Divya when I’m Gone” says everything.

In “Aatma”, they have got back to square one and incorporated the same sounds and style that music buffs have come to identify with them.

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