Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kavidhai Kavidhai.. Padi!

I am a very passive listener of songs. In the sense that I never pay attention to the lyrics. Not that I don't want to. But I just don't (manufacturing defect).
So on those rare occasions when I actually listen to the lyrics by some luck, I get stunned sometimes. And mostly I find that's when Vairamuthu has penned the lyrics.
(Ok frankly, I cant differentiate Vairamuthu from Vaali or anybody else. But just thought that last sentence will make me look intellectually more adequate.)
This is a listing of some immortal lines from Tamil film music that have attracted me.

Usure Pogudhey (Raavanan)
This has been my most recent favorite. When I heard the song the first time, kinda understood the chichuvaesun. Rahman's music was a perfect fit to it. And the lyrics were even better! Especially the lines:
இந்த உலகத்தில் இது ஒண்ணும் புதுசில்ல
ஒண்ணு ரெண்டு தப்பிப் போகும் ஒழுக்கத்தில
விதி சொல்லி வழி போட்டான் மனுச புள்ள
விதி விலக்கில்லாத விதியும் இல்ல
Amazing fit to the scene. The words of consolation one tells oneself when he knows he is doing something not-so-right. Top class!

Nenjukkul Peidhidum (Vaaranam Aayiram)
Am sure you would have guessed the lines am about to quote.
என்னோடு வா வீடு வரைக்கும்
என் வீட்டைப் பார், என்னை பிடிக்கும்
What concept ma!

Kadhal Vandhaal Solli Anuppu (Iyarkai)
Lilting music, and very contextual lyrics set this song apart. There are a couple of lines that I love the most:
காதல் வந்தால் சொல்லி அனுப்பு
உயிரோடு இருந்தால் வருகிறேன்
கண்ணீர் கலந்து கண்ணீர் கலந்து
கடல் நீர் மட்டம் கூடுதடி

Ilaya Nila Pozhigiradhey (Payanangal Mudivadhillai)
This is an evergreen song that has takers everywhere. SPB's golden voice makes the song an irresistible ear-worm every single time!
முகிலினங்கள் அலைகிறதே முகவரிகள் தொலைந்தனவோ?
முகவரிகள் தவறியதால் அழுதிடுமோ அது மழையோ!

Sangeetha Jaadhimullai (Kadhal Oviyam)
This movie is entirely made up of gems. Every time I hear this song particularly, I wish I had learnt carnatic music!
விழி இல்லை எனும்போது வழி கொடுத்தாய்
விழி வந்த பின்னால் ஏன் சிறகொடித்தாய்?

Naetru Illaadha Maatram (Pudhiya Mugam)
One of those ARR classics which make you wonder why his music sounds so different these days (pre and post-VTV)!
கவிதை வரியின் சுவை அர்த்தம் புரியும் வரை
கங்கை நீரின் சுவை கடலில் சேரும் வரை
காதல் சுவை ஒன்று தானே காற்று வீசும் வரை

Pachai Nirame (Alaipayuthey)
He he.. Indha paattu illaama epdinga? Tops the list of my all time favorites. Vandhu patthu varusham aachu. Innikkum every single time this song is played, I drown myself in the meejic. This song can be a text book / reference for lyricists / music directors / cinematographers / what not! It's a perfect coming together of highly skilled technicians.
While all color references are enthralling, I particularly love the ones to Red:
கிளையில் காணும் கிளியின் மூக்கு.. விடலைப் பெண்ணின் வெற்றிலை நாக்கு..
புத்தம் புதிதாய் (இ)ரத்த ரோஜா.. பூமி தொடா பிள்ளையின் பாதம்..
எல்லா சிவப்பும் உந்தன் கோபம்.. எல்லா சிவப்பும் உந்தன் கோபம்..

Thozhiya En Kadhaliya (Kadhalil Vizhundhen)
The lyrics to this song are not very classy or sophisticated. They are simple, and make total sense to someone who has been in that stage!! :)
தோழியா என் காதலியா யாரடி என் கண்ணே
தோழியா என் காதலியா யாரடி என் கண்ணே
மடி மீது தூங்க சொல்கிறாய்
தோள் மீது சாய்ந்து கொள்கிறாய்
நெருங்கி வந்தால் நண்பன் என்கிறாய்
ஓ ஓ பெண்ணே
(Though I should confess, நாக்க முக்க came a close second to this song!)

Nenjil jil jil (Kannathil Muthamittaal)
This is one hell of an emotional package. The lyricist has gone all out in establishing the dichotomy in the mind of the parent. Marvellous, machi!
எனது செல்வம் நீ.. எனது வறுமை நீ..
இழைத்த கவிதை நீ.. எழுத்து பிழையும் நீ..
இரவல் வெளிச்சம் நீ.. இரவின் கண்ணீர் நீ..
எனது வானம் நீ.. இழந்த சிறகும் நீ..
நான் தூக்கி வளர்த்த துயரம் நீ..
Sir-ku oru award parcelllll..

Kannae Kalaimaanae (Moondram Pirai)
I watched this movie only a year back. And duly fell in love with Balu Mahendra's style of cinematography. Not too big a fan of his style of direction - I find it very depressing. But his cinematography was top-class! incredible, the way he created magic with the technologies of the 80's! On to the lyrics..
ஊமை என்றால் ஒரு வகை அமைதி..
ஏழை என்றால் அதில் ஒரு அமைதி..

Senthaazham Poovil (Mullum Malarum)
Had always liked this song for the tune. One of the standard parts of the numerous kachheris we subjected IIMB to in the past year. Lyrics-a ippo recent-aa than gavanichen. Arumai! The whole song is a metaphor, as in looking at nature as a lady (as against the usual beaten path of looking at ladies as nature).
பள்ளம் சிலர் உள்ளம் என ஏன் படைத்தான் ஆண்டவன்..
பட்டம் தர தேடுகின்றேன், எங்கே அந்த நாயகன்..

Mandram Vandha (Mouna Raagam)
IMHO, MR is the type of movie that Mani Ratnam should stick to. Mandram vandha is a jewel from this movie. Be it the voice.. the visuals.. or the lyrics..
தாமரை மேலே நீர்த்துளி போல் தலைவனும் தலைவியும் வாழ்வதென்ன?
நண்பர்கள் போலே வாழ்வதற்கு, மாலையும் மேளமும் தேவையென்ன?
மேடையைப் போலே வாழ்கை அல்ல.. நாடகம் ஆனதும் விலகிச் செல்ல!

So that's the list from the top of my mind. There are scores more of such songs/lyrics, but these are some that sprang immediately.

And surprisingly what do I find?
7 of these 12 songs are by Vairamuthu!!
2 each by Thamarai and Kannadaasan.. And 1 by Wall-e..
I still can't differentiate Vairamuthu from the rest, but I have newfound respect for him! (Not that he would care)

Anyway, off the screen, my favorite tamil poets are 3 of my friends!
"காதல் - நீயும் நீ சார்ந்த இடமும்" என்றெழுதிய ரமணன்.. Am a big fan of his!
The other two are Neo and Kalai (if you are still visiting, give me your blog URL da!).
Keep writing folks!


Kavity said...

I also love 'Mannipaaya' from VTV, one of those rare occasions where the girl apologises to the guy.. and the way in which thamarai has imbibed a thirukkural 'anbilaar ellam thamakkuriyar..' into the song and ARR has retained it with its essence in the composition is most ingenious!

Porkodi (பொற்கொடி) said...

neat! 83.33% of the songs in this list are my personal favorites. am trying to think what other gems i like, and am blank. cha!

After Vairamuthu & Thamarai, I like Na.Muthukumar too. I dont like Vaali for movie song lyrics, but his works in vikatan used to be super good.

Alpine Path said...

Nice list... most of my favorites too. Btw, you missed the "Thenmerku Paruva kaatru" which has great lyrics as well!

Venkysdiary said...

Hi Vishy,

Just chanced upon from somewhere while wandering the net.. your songs list are almost matching my all time favourites..
I would like to add two more which are:

"andhi malai poligirathu" from Raajaparvai. Cant convey a blind man's emotion for a girl, better than this.. if you have not heard it, please try it out.

The next one is "idhu oru ponn malai pozhudu" from Nizhalgal. Maestero Illayaraj at his best.
Guess both are from Vairamuthu.


Venkata Ramanan S said...

Hey,.. Nice post..

u have quoted the MOST famous lyrics.. but there are many not so popular songs with awesum lyrics :)

I always wanna keep such gr8 lyrics away from my craps... So adhukkune thaniya innoru blog vachrukkom :)

And BTW, tamil poets elam romba overu.. cud ve been tamil bloggers :)..

Venkata Ramanan S said...

நறும்பூக்கள் பூக்கும் திருத்தும்பியே - urchagam

மேகமாய் உனது அறைகளின் மேலே -
karthik anita

இரவு பகலை தேட - Kannukkul Nilavu

காஞ்சிப்பட்டு சேலை கட்டி (Funny Though :)) - Rettai Jadai vayasu

அழகிய காதலாகி காதலாகி -King

To name a few.. :)

King Vishy said...

@kavity.. hadnt looked at mannippaya that way.. nice observation! BTW thamarai does a lot of that na.. Vaseegara shot to fame cos' of the girl urugufying in a way that guys only do (in the movies :))

@porkodi.. 83.33% aa? lol.. ukkaandhu count panni, calculate panni irukke! And ya.. I remember liking some Na Muthukumar stuff too in the past.. but cant remember any right away..

@alpine path.. checking thenmerku paruva kaatru lyrics now :)

@venkat muthukrishnan.. Ahhh ya!! Idhu oru ponmaalai pozhudhu.. How did I miss it! Awesome lyrics..
And will check out andhi mazhai pozhigiradhu now.. have heard the song numerous times, but know no more than the first line :D
And welcome to my blog!!

@ramanan.. nee ezhudhuradhu crap aa? podhum da un thannadakkam! :)
BTW don't know 3 of the songs you have listed!! next half an hour idhan vaelai :D and i too love kanchipattu saelai katti.. nice tune.. great singing by hariharan.. and nice lyrics :)

King Vishy said...

@ramanaa.. Again ran thru kanji pattu.. each line is a gem!

Venkata Ramanan S said...

Hmm...:) And i like many other lyrics too... Cant list them all ere..

Checkout dis..My other blog

Few kavidhais mixed ere n der :)

Ramya said...

wow... u r the only person other than me who has liked those lines from usure pogudhey.. sema lyrics..

and except kannathil muthamittal rest all u hav exactly picked out my fav lines in the respective songs... (saary for not comin up with exact percentage of similarity like porkodi :P) kannathila muthamittal la hav u listened to "sattena nanaindhadhu nenjam" it'll be available with bkgrnd tracks... amazing lyrics in tht one too..

am someone for him lyrics is wht which enters my ears first :P music and singer follows only after tht!!! vairamuthu and thamarai rock!!!

King Vishy said...

What?? I thought that usure pogudhey would be a universal favourite!! Am sure everyone has been in that spot where one consoles oneself with skewed "logic" like in these lines..

sattena nanaindhadhu nenjam - have heard it once or twice.. will check lyrics online now :)

And lucky you.. you get the lyrics first eh? I somehow can never do that..

King Vishy said...

naa oru post-aa ezhudhinadhu nee oru blog-aa vae vechurukke! Like "paarthadhu kaettadhu padithadhu" by Andhumani.. nice..

Kavity said...

Yeah, she does tend to do that. Tries to make the world understand that they should STOP stereotyping what women are capable of thinking and saying and doing :D

I lovvve sattena nanaindhadhu nenjam! Sometimes, am so in the mood for just those 1.5 minutes, that it goes on loop all day in my i-Pod! Now that you have reminded me, am gonna end up humming it the rest of the evening and irking colleagues out here :P

Anonymous said...

my favourites ; in addition to few there.
1.manadhin neehlam edhuvo adhuvae vaa..... anbe sivam.
2.kanna karumai nira kanna... super oru penn.
3.ovoru vidhaiyulum vriksham ..vetri nichayam from annamalai.
4.simple ,feel good lyrics....aathangarai maramae.
5.udalum allaadha uruvam .....kadavulai pol vandhu kalandhitaai....kangal irandal from subramaniapuram.
Shaanthi .

Ramya said...

@vishwa - i meant those lines in usure pogudhu..pppl like the whole song.. but almost everyones pointed out only "akkarai cheemayil nee irundhaal.... " those in the strting.. i luv these liens u had mentioned and also "udambum manasum dhooram, otta nenachu aagala..."

i can go on for hrs if u ask me to talk abt lyrics :) and kinda learnt and understood more hindi coz of lyrics in hindi songs :P avlo kodumai it is lyrics before music :P

@kavi - u were refering to me? even otherwise yea.. ppl shud stop stereotyping in principle!! not jus women..

Ramya said...

@vishwa - i meant those lines in usure pogudhu..pppl like the whole song.. but almost everyones pointed out only "akkarai cheemayil nee irundhaal.... " those in the strting.. i luv these liens u had mentioned and also "udambum manasum dhooram, otta nenachu aagala..."

i can go on for hrs if u ask me to talk abt lyrics :) and kinda learnt and understood more hindi coz of lyrics in hindi songs :P avlo kodumai it is lyrics before music :P

@kavi - u were refering to me? even otherwise yea.. ppl shud stop stereotyping in principle!! not jus women..

King Vishy said...

@kavity.. hmmm.. guess she is successful in coming across as that! :)

@anon/shaanthi.. MOM!! You have spent so many days in cooking up a response! :) liked 1 and 5 in ur list.. had actually thought of including 4 in my list, but dropped it on second thoughts!!

@ramya.. I like that udambum manasum line also!! :) and for hours abt lyrics aa.. I am jealous of you! Wish I focus on lyrics so much too..

Divya Bala said...

Reading some of these lyrics making me emosional... *Sob* Naan poi indha paataelaam kaetutu varaen...

King Vishy said...

@divya.. he he :) many of the older songs remind me of tpt actually..

தக்குடு said...

what a collection dude!!!..:)

King Vishy said...

Thanks Thakkudu saar! :)

Girl of Destiny said...

My kinda post :-)
I always, always listen to the lyrics - helps me immerse myself in that song sooner.

I have got a doubt(!). Yes I do. In the Netru Illadha Maatram song and especially at those lines. I've had it for a long time but you posting the very same has given me a way to get clarification!

OK the first line means, 'Kavidhai variyin suvai' ceases when 'artham puridhal' happens. Right? Same case with the second.
Following this, the third says 'Kaadhal suvai' ceases when 'Kaatru veesudhal' happens ?!?!
Why isn't it
Kaadhal suvai ondru thaane kaatru nirkum varai ?

Nitpicky? Maybe. But someone help!! What have I got wrong?

King Vishy said...

@girl of destiny..
I wish I could 'immerse myself in the song' with the lyrics, the way you do!
And whattay doubtu!! You had me racking my miniscule grey cells for this..
Maybe he meant "uyir moochu" when he said "kaatru"? As in, "you can love only as long as you live.. so better give in to love" types?? (he he.. over analysis o?)
Or wait.. he says "ondru thane".. meaning this is the only case where it happens the other way.. in this light, what he has written seems right na?

Venkata Ramanan S said...

@Vishy : Aahha.. idhu thaan unmayaana Kavidhai Kavidhai.. Padi!:)

King Vishy said...

unna than da edhir paathutu irundhen.. pls clear girl-of-destiny's doubt!!

Venkata Ramanan S said...

@Vishy @girl of destiny

Atleast u debate over d 3rd line..
first line laye enakku doubt..

கங்கை நீரின் சுவை கடலில் சேரும் வரை..ok

கவிதை வரியின் சுவை அர்த்தம் புரியும் வரை?? Artham purinja thaane suvai.. illaya ? :)

Venkata Ramanan S said...

And ur blog looks way better now ..:)
Thanks to blogger team :)

King Vishy said...

"கவிதை வரியின் சுவை அர்த்தம் புரியும் வரை?? Artham purinja thaane suvai.. illaya ? :)"

This is something I too have wondered about earlier. And my logic is this: Based on my personal experience, every time I read a kavidhai, it's interesting the first time. Usually because of the karutthu / word-play / whatever. Typically a poem attracts me if there is something new about it. But once I have read, understood and appreciated it, it becomes old stuff. The next time I read the same kavidhai, it has very little impact on me!

Basically, artham puriyum varai suvai/suvaiyin edhirpaarpu.. purindhu rasittha pin, no more suvai..

King Vishy said...

And thanks for the compliments on the look of the blog da! :) Still not final though.. the header is a stop-gap arrangement.. want to create my own header.. Plus planning a few more minor tweaks..
Will take a week or so to complete all tinkering! :)
I still feel wordpress is better when it comes to themes, but the new template designer in blogger is great.. makes the experience much better/customizable!

கார்க்கிபவா said...


I have been redirected by wiki when i searched about yelagiri. Nice blog dude.And have to thank u for ramanan link.

கன நேர கோபத்திற்கு பிறகு ,
மிதித்தது குழந்தையென அறிந்து
தோன்றும் புன்முறுவலை
போன்றதுதான் -உன் மீதான
என் அனைத்து கோபங்களும்

good one.

keep writing..

King Vishy said...

Thanks for coming, and for your nice words :) hope you do return..

And am not surprised you liked Ramanaa's work :) he has a flair!

Venkata Ramanan S said...

#கவிதை வரியின் சுவை - Three Quarters Accepted...But still I feel few poems gives diff meanings at diff parts of your life...No better example than Thirukural..:)

#Blog - Yeah.. But dono why i tried a few but atlast settled with same old "Black Minima".. Jus like ur puppy love :)

@கார்க்கி : Thanks Dude :)

@Vishy : Konjam Overa iruke...Ramanaa - The poet a? Jus seeing... Five much a illa?:) Pl change ....

Girl of Destiny said...

Good job explaining in a way to confuse me further ;-)
If kaatru was the uyir moochu, then will he use ''veesum' as a verb there?

I thought he used 'Ondru thaane' since, the other two come to a stop somehow; But kadhal never does since the wind never does stop blowing.
Since this was my reasoning, I expected Kaatru nirkum varai (which never happens!)...

I go with Vishy on this one. The elusive, deeper and subtle meaning behind a kavidhai makes a kavidhai, a kavidhai. If the meaning is clear, it becomes prose!

Venkata Ramanan S said...

//he elusive, deeper and subtle meaning behind a kavidhai makes a kavidhai, a kavidhai. If the meaning is clear, it becomes prose!//


கலைவாணன் said...

I do visit your blogs thala..
I'm honoured to know tat u acknowledge me as a poet.. here's my link

BTW.. the discussion seems interesting.. mathavanga alavukku ennala alasa mudiyaathu.. etho ennala mudinjadhu.. adiyen pangukku..

வரை in the first line means 'unless' - a verse isn't beautiful unless it conveys meaning,
in 2nd line - 'till'
in 3rd line - 'so long as'

adhika-prasangi thanathuku mannikkanum.. :)

King Vishy said...

Ah.. Finally you came :)
And reg the song.. i get ur second and third lines.. but the first one seems counter-intuitive.. (or is it just me? dunno.. will revisit later :) )
Thanks for the so called adhiga prasangithanam :D machi, at one level, blog ezhudhuradhe comments-kaaga than.. no a.p.thanam in this!

Deekshanya said...

Nice post King Vishy. First time here. Most of these song are on my list of must listen too, I like
"anbe sugama" lyrics from "paarthale paravasam" a lot. Nalla elutharinga, vaalthukkal!!


King Vishy said...

Hi Deekshanya..

Thanks for the visit.. and for the comment! :) Hope you keep visiting!

anbe sugama - love the song.. feel very peaceful and tranquil when I hear the song.. but as usual - havent noticed the lyrics ever :(

Venkata Ramanan S said...

வீடு வாசல் சுகமா
உன் வீட்டு தோட்டம் சுகமா
பூக்கள் எல்லாம் சுகமா
உன் பொய்கள் எல்லாம் சுகமா

அழகே உன்னை பிரிந்தேன் என் அறிவில் ஒன்றை இழந்தேன்
வெளியே அழுதால் வெட்கம் என்று விளக்கை அணைத்து அழுதேன்

அன்பே உன்னை வெறுத்தேன் என் அறிவை நானே எறித்தேன்
உறவின் பெருமை கண்டு உயிரில் பாதி குறைந்தேன்

வாழ்க்கை ஓர் வட்டம்போலே முடிந்த இடத்தில் தொடங்காதா!!

Whattey Lyrics ya !! :)

Venkata Ramanan S said...

Half of Tendulkar's success is Tony Grieg. Vikram Sathaye once mimiced. A simple flick to the third man, Tony greig would hype it, "Into the fence she goes, Sachhhiinnn Tendulakrrr is the greatest batsman in the history of cricket".. Yea. Anyway, that was just a mimic. Even a muted straight drive of SRT would give me goosebumps every single time I watch it.

Well coming to the point. I see quite a few people are directed to my blog from this post. Read this post again this morning. I had an interesting thing to note. Half the success of a lyricist is the music director and vice-versa. Else we would all've been moving around with iPods playing "Instrumental music" with a 'Kavidhai" book in hand. Thats not the case.

A co-blogger recently tweeted, "முதலில் ரஹ்மானால் கவரப்பட்டு, பின்னர் இளையராஜா, எம். எஸ். விஸ்வநாதனையெல்லாம் தேடிக் கேட்கிற இளைஞர்களைப்போல".

Spot on. Thats exactly what am doing these days. Im my late twenties, meticulously building my iPod with Ilayaraja of the 70's and 80's. Soulful music but some awful lyrics.

Here too.

// 7 of these 12 songs are by Vairamuthu!!
2 each by Thamarai and Kannadaasan.. And 1 by Wall-e.. //

Ilayaraja - 5; ARR - 4; Harris - 1; Vidyasagar - 1; Vijay antony -1

Its almost 25 years now. That estranged Vairamuthu - IR Relation.

Pre-split - IR & Vairamuthu combo - 2/5
Post : ARR & Vairamuthu - 4/4

No mention of Ilayaraja after the rift. That pretty much sums up.

கலைஞர்களுக்குள் சண்டை வருவது சகஜம் தான். கவிஞனுக்கு கர்வம் தானே அழகு. இசைகடவுளுக்கும் திமிர் தான் உறைவாள். யார் குற்றம் என்பது பொதுஜனம் அறியாதது.

இளையராஜாவின் இசை ராஜாங்கம் என்பது இன்றைய காலத்தில் சற்றே பாழடைந்திருக்கிறது. அதற்கு ரஹ்மான் முக்கிய காரணி. வித்யாசாகர்,தேவா போன்றவர்களால் கூட அது உரசிபார்க்கபட்டது. இன்றளவும் சில குறுநில மன்னர்கள் ஆண்டு கொண்டுதான் இருக்கிறனர். தாய் எட்டடி என்றால் குட்டி அதற்குள்ளாகவே நான்கடி பாய்ந்துவிட்டது.

ஆனால் வைரமுத்துவின் கவிதை சாம்ராஜ்யத்தை யாராலும் இன்று வரை அசைக்க முடியவில்லை. வாலி, நா.முத்துக்குமார், தாமரை போன்றோர் சிறுபோர் வேண்டி ஓலை அனுப்பியுள்ளனர் . அவ்வளவே.

ஆக, அதிக இழப்பு இளையராஜாவுக்கு தான்.

30 years now. Supposedly an Undisputuable (?!) king of Tamil music. But still NEPV is considered as an acid test. ARR was once in the same trap. Before VTV. But he had won it hands down. Like a T20 chase which ended in the fifth over.

NEPV. Lets see.

ரமேஷ் said...

awesome post and pleasure to read the comments.

I would say vairamuthu's best is "வெள்ளை பூக்கள் உலகம் எங்கும் மலரட்டும்" and particularly one line.. "கோடி கீர்த்தனைகளும் கவி கோர்த்த வார்த்தைகளும் துளி கண்ணீர் போல் அர்த்தம் தருமா?"

second best is the one from the same movie. its less heard of. சட்டென நினைந்தது நெஞ்சம்

it has the most beautiful lines,
"துடிக்கும் உதடு கொண்டு துடைத்திடு வெட்கத்தை,
அனைப்பினாத்திக்காத்தால் வெளியேற்று அச்சத்தை
சுகமாய் சுகமாய் கொள்ளையிடு உயிரை மட்டும் விட்டுவிடு"

last but not the least from Iruvar, the first love without any virasam,
உன்னோடு நான் இருந்த மணித்துளியும்!! it just lingers all over you.

R Srikkant said...

Nice post anna! Congrats u ve started paying attention to lyrics :) If u follow this up diligently, i promise u, within a few months, u wont be in a position to write such a blog ever again.. there are so many excellent verses to write about that u cant keep pace with :) Cheers!