Bamba Bakya is known for his unique baritone voice which was used by A. R. Rahman for experimental songs like Simtaangaran and Pullinangal. He has also sung the sad number Kalame Kalame from Bigil. He recently lent his voice to Mani Ratnam's magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan film. He has also sung many devotional songs in his career. The renowned famous singer recently passed away due to a sudden cardiac arrest which sent the film industry into mourning. Let us remember him by going back in time and pick out some of his most memorable songs.
1) DINGU DONGU (SARVA THAALAMAYAM) -
Bamba Bayka sang this song with Anthony Daasan to the beautiful lyrics written by Arunraja Kamaraj which is accompanied by the lovely music composition by Isai Puyal A. R. Rahman. Dingu Dongu is a rhythmic dance number that had the fans and audience up on their feet dancing to it. It is still considered to be one of his best songs to date.
2) SIMTAANGARAN (SARKAR) -
Bamba Bayka sang this song along with Vipin Aneja and Aparna Narayanan to the lyrics penned by Vivek and music by A. R. Rahman. The folk song is truly iconic as the Chennai Tamil part of the song was sung by Bamba Bakya, the chaste Tamil part of it was sung by Aparna Narayanan which contrasts Bamba and Vipin's usage of Chennai Tamil slang.
3) PULLINANGAL (2.0) -
This A. R. Rahman composition was written by Na. Muthukumar in his very own trademark style to which Bamba Bakya, A. R. Ameen, and Suzanne D'Mello lent their voices. This sweet and sublime song is an ode to birds and its acts as the theme song for the bird-loving villain, with the sweetness of the tune designed to draw his sympathy. The song's arrangement and mixing are subtle with strings, a simple synthetic beat, some piano and recordings of bird sounds playing along to elevate the song.
4) KAALAME (BIGIL) -
Crooned by Bamba Bakiya, this melodious song tugs at one's heartstrings which is composed by A. R. Rahman in Vivek's evocative lyrics. It will surely give its listeners a real goosebumps experience with its soul-crushing lyrics and visuals as it is the scene where Bigil's father Michael Rayappan gets murdered by a bunch of goons in the film Bigil.
5) RAATI (MADRAS GIG) -
The stirringly gorgeous song Raati is written by Mohanrajan, composed by Santhosh Dhayanidhi for Madras Gig which is sung by Bamba Bakya. Raati translates to 'Beautiful Girl' and is a song that hits its listeners right in the feels. The song has now been used in the Aadhi Pinisetty and Hansika Motwani film Partner which is currently awaiting its release.
6) KALANGATHEY (ANBARIVU) -
With its music and lyrics churned out by the one and only Hip Hop Thamizha, Bamba Bakya has lent his voice to this soulful work of art,
7) BEJARA (IRAVIN NIZHAL) -
Yet again composed by A. R. Rahman himself and wonderfully written by R. Parthiban, Bamba Bakya has sang this number with Haricharan of 'Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal' fame. This folky song with an upbeat music is catchy and so are its lyrics. It is bound to make those listening to it groove with the song as it plays along.
8) PONNI NADHI (PONNIYIN SELVAN) -
This was the last song to be ever sun by Bamba Bakya before his untimely demise. This rousing and energetic song's composition and instrumentation with Ilango Krishnan's lyrics and A. R. Rahman, A. R. Raihanah, and Bamba Bakya's vocals are absolutely top notch. Sivami's thumping beats gives many reasons to be hooked to the magical track and the detailing of the flute in the song by Kamalakar and the violin by Vignesh give a refreshing and mesmerizing take to the song altogether.