Audio Review : Damarukam – DSP is in good form

‘King’ Akkineni Nagarjuna’s most ambitious socio fantasy project, ‘Damarukam’, is going to hit the screens in October. The audio album has already been released at a glittering function held a few days ago in Hyderabad. Music has been scored by Devi Sri Prasad and he has been in great form recently. Damarukam has Anushka as the female lead and Srinivas Reddy is the director. This audio album has 10 tracks in all. Let us see how they are.


1, Song: Omkaram

Singers: Venkat Sai

Lyrics : Jonnavittula

This is a short 1 minute bit number extolling the virtues of the Omkaram and Hinduism in general. Rendered well by Venkat Sai and has apt music from Devi.



2.Song: Aruna Dhavala

Singers: Karthik

Lyrics: Jonnavittula

This is a 2 minute bit number that extols the powers of the rising sun and has some rousing music from DSP. He has made good use of Lord Shiva’s Damaruka naadham. Karthik has given the vocals sufficient emotion and Jonnavittula’s lyrics are good.


3.Song: Nesthama Nesthama

Singers: Srikrishna, Harini

Lyrics: Bhaskarabhatla

The first duet of the album, this romantic number starts off with good guitar work, followed by some lovely use of the Sitar. Srikrishna and Harini do a good job with the vocals and their performance is nicely romantic. Bhaskarabhatla has penned some nice lyrics for this number. DSP’s music is soothing and the score is dominated by the guitar and Sitar. This is one of the highlight tracks of the album and is very easy to like. Expect some stunning visuals on Nagarjuna and Anuskha.


4.Song: Reppalapai

Singers: Hariharan, Chitra

Lyrics: Ramajogayya Sastry

‘Reppalapai’ is an energetic number that has ‘Telugu Cinema’ written all over it. Hariharan and Chitra are in good form and they take care of the vocals well. DSP’s music is quite interesting to listen to and has a slightly mass feel to it. Ramajogayya Sastry’s lyrics are just about ok. Overall, this is a decent number that will give scope for some interesting picturization.


5.Song: Dheemtana

Singers: Shankar Mahadevan

Lyrics: Karunakar . Manthras by Jonnavittula

This is a 2 minute devotional bit number sung in praise of Lord Shiva. Shankar Mahadevan’s voice is unmistakable and his pronunciation of the complex lyrics is pretty clear. Music is apt for a devotional bit number



6.Song: Sakku Bai Garam Chai

Singers: Suchith Suresan, Mamta Sharma

Lyrics: Ramajogayya Sastry

‘Sakkubai Garam Chai’ has already become famous as the movie’s item number. The song is very addictive and the beats are aimed straight at the front benchers. Mamta Sharma’s rustic voice gives the song great energy and Suchith Suresan supports her well. DSP’s music is very catchy and has an earthy feel to it. Rama Jogayya Sastry has delivered some good mass masala lyrics. This song features Charmi opposite Nagarjuna and expects sparks to fly on screen. A very enjoyable number overall.


7.Song: Laali

Singers: Gopika Purnima

Lyrics: Chandrabose

As the name implies, ‘Laali’ is a soft and soothing lullaby sung by a mother to her baby. Gopika Purnima’s voice is soft and soothing. Chandrabose’s lyrics are good. DSP’s music is apt for the song, though I would have preferred slightly softer drum beats for this song’s nature.



8.Song: Bhoona Bhontaalake

Singers: MLR Karthikeyan

Lyrics: Jonnavittula

This is one more bit number that will most likely be used as a background score in one of the key scenes in the film. The lyrics are sung in praise of Lord Shiva and his powerful physical form.


9.Song: Kanyakumari

Singers: Jaspreet, Sunitha

Lyrics: Sahithi

This is a duet and the song has good pace. Sunitha’s wonderful voice is great to listen to. Jaspreet is ok. DSP’s soundtrack has a huge Salsa influence throughout and he mixes it up with some Indian instrument beats. Sahithi’s lyrics are decent. This is a decent number to listen to and will take some time to get used to.


10.Song: Shiva Shiva Shankara

Singers: Shankar Mahadevan

Lyrics: Jonnavittula

This is a song aimed at Lord Shiva and will most likely be used in a scene where the Hero requests Lord Shiva’s help in dire circumstances. Devi Sri’s musical score is rousing and goes very well with the mood of the song. Shankar Mahadevan has done a superb job with the vocals. Expect heavy visual effects in this number.

Verdict :

DSP has scored a good musical album for ‘Damarukam’. The film has some pretty nice numbers overall but my personal favourites are ‘Nesthama Nesthama’, ‘Sakkubai Garam Chai’ and ‘Shiva Shiva Shankara’. Duets aside, the album never lets you forget that Lord Shiva is going to be the predominant force in Damarukam, with 4bit numbers in all. The audio has done its job and Srinivasa Reddy must deliver with the visuals now.

Reviewed by Mahesh S Koneru

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