Song: Naatu Naatu
Artist: M.M. Keeravani
Album: RRR (2022)
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The song Naatu Naatu from the hit Telugu-language film RRR has made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar! The blockbuster track won Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards, beating heavyweights like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
Naatu Naatu is a mesmerizing fusion of traditional folk music and contemporary sounds, composed by the legendary music composer M.M. Keeravani. The song features the soulful voices of Shreya Ghoshal and Kaala Bhairava, who bring to life the poignant lyrics penned by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry. They are all big names in Indian cinema, but are worth looking up if they are unfamiliar to you!
If you haven’t already seen it, RRR is a 2022 Telugu-language period action film directed by S.S. Rajamouli (available to stream on Netflix). It is set in the pre-independence era and follows the lives of two revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, who fought against the British Raj and the Nizam of Hyderabad respectively. The film explores themes of friendship, sacrifice, and patriotism, and has received widespread critical acclaim while becoming one of the highest-grossing films in Indian cinema.