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…]
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…]
I found this song unintentionally. It is composed by A.R. Rahman and sung by Unnikrishnan. uyirum neeye udalum neeye uravum neeye thaaye(2) You are life, you are the body, You are the connection, mother than udalil sumandhu uyirai pagirndhu uruvam tharuvaai neeye(2) You carried me in your womb, shared your life energy with me You … [Read more…]
This is one of the problems of Globalisation, or should I say, Westernisation, and the prevalent Euro/Ameico-centric worldview. We ought to be able, in 2012(!) to relate to more than this worldview. Gobalisation should result in a sharing and celebration of knowledge, diversity of culture and all possible frames of references and defies the current linierity of influence.
This song is from Kannathil Muththam Ittal. It is a touching story about little girl who tries to find her biological mother after finding out she was adopted. This journey takes the family to Sri Lanka and portrays the sensitive political situation there and how it affects the people. It’s quite a movie! When I … [Read more…]
For all those who enjoy Tamil music and can´t get it easily, here is a radio station which has lots of variety in good quality. Tamil Radio http://www.fmworldmusic.com/ It will start automatically with the latest songs but it also has different categories: one for A.R. Rahman, Ilayaraja, Harris Jayaraj, oldies, devotional, christian and a dozen … [Read more…]
Fire was ahead of its time; taking on controversial topics like lesbianism, and feminism in equally controversial contexts of (a narrowly defined) religious and sexual setting. It brushes aside censorship rules about lip to lip kissing and nudity. What I found most refreshing was how vividly it contrasts with other movies of its times in portraying women. I am quite disgusted by the spinelessness that women characters were given during that time. Anything a man did was acceptible, even physical violence, because he was the husband. A woman had no right to expect or ask for more than what he was willing to give. She would quiety cry but never speak out. This was portrayed as the qualities of a good wife! The namesakes of two goddesses/mythical women are shown as strong enough to leave their unsatisfactory, loveless marriages for something they believe and commit to.
This sweet love song from the movie Gentleman in the 1990s is one of A.R. Rahman’s lesser known gems. It has a fresh, innocent, morning feel to it even though the lyrics are more explicit than many other Tamil songs of that time. There are some parts which I am doubtful about, which I have … [Read more…]
This song has two versions. One sung by a little girl and the other by an adult male voice(Hariharan). It is melodious and beautiful. They have some variations in lyrics so I have chosen to translate the one by the child. Thanks to my dad for some corrections! 🙂 Nila kaigirathu Nirem theigirathu Yaarum rasikevilaiyea … [Read more…]