This is an intense song from the movie Raavanan (2010) about forbidden love. The lyrics are powerful and convey a deep sense of yearning. The sound effects of the water, branches, the breath are all very well laid in as details. Rahman’s treat. Intha Bhoomiyila Eppa Vanthu Nee Porantha En Buthikkulla Theeporiya Nee Vethacha Adi … [Read more…]
This was another request from a reader. There are two versions of this song. I have translated the happy one here. The sad version maybe some other time. The rural dilect used in these lyrics was very difficult to translate and I have relied heavily on my dad’s help to decipher the meanings. Movie Name … [Read more…]
This was a request from one of the readers. It is a sing from the movie Mann Vasanai (1983). The melody is nice, the backdrop idyllic, rustic and quite beautiful. I hope you enjoy it! Pothivecha Malliga Mottu Poothiruchu Vetkatha Vittu Pothivecha Malliga Mottu Poothiruchu Vetkatha Vittu Paesi Paesi Raasi Aanadhe Maaman Paera Solli … [Read more…]
From my dad. Movie: Ratha Thilagam  Music by: K. V. Mahadevan Lyrics: Kannadasan Singer : TMS In the movie this song is shown as Kannadasan himself singing on the stage at a college function. The song is introduced as “based on Omar Khayyam’s Philosophy” sung by an old student. The lyrics can also be … [Read more…]
Another old song translated by my dad. Movie: Ramu (1966) Starring: Gemini Ganesan, K.R. Vijaya, Master Raj Kumar Music: M.S. Viswanathan Lyrics: Kannadasan This song starts with a short verse by female, asking who is the person who has entered her heart, when she was sleeping..[indirectly expressing her love]. The main song follows – hero … [Read more…]
This translation is by my dad! When we were children, he would play many old songs and that is how my interest and appreciation for these songs developed. As I grew up I found the meanings and lyrics so beautiful and I started translating them into English so that a wider audience can enjoy them. … [Read more…]
It’s interesting the vocals in this – it’s the first time I had heard Sid Sriram’s bluesy style in Tamil music. Rahman sure knows how to introduce new elements in style! Here is Adiye from the movie Kadal. manasa thoranthaye nee engirinthu vanthaayo nee adi ye adi ye enna enge nee kooti pora? adi ye … [Read more…]
It’s a full moon night, a forest with mist and dew
On a narrow footpath, walking with you
This poem was written on July 4th 2011. I finally feel like it ok for the world to see this on her 4th death anniversary. I have no words. I have to try. I’d rather not think about you or talk about you. It pulls me to the bottom of the deep dark oceans. It’s … [Read more…]
Is only the rain beautiful?
Even the hot sun is beautiful
Is only the flower beautiful?
Even the falling leaf is beautiful