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
Is only the rain beautiful?
Even the hot sun is beautiful
Is only the flower beautiful?
Even the falling leaf is beautiful
Unfortunately, hope came and shook me up
Why would I blame any one else?
One of my readers requested a translation of this. Makes me happy that she asked! kaalamelaam kaadhal vaazhga kaadhalenum vaedham vaazhga kaadhalae nimmadhi kanavugalae adhan sannidhi kavidhaigal paadi nee kaadhali nee kaadhali (kaalamelaam) May love live forever May the scripture called love live long Love is peace It is the temple of dreams Recite poetry … [Read more…]
Here is a song from the movie Vandicholai Chinraasu. For the light comical tune it keeps, the last verse is incongruously preachy. It reflects the morals and values of the early 90s especially in smaller towns. Nevertheless, the tune is enjoyable. Sentamizh naattu tamizhachiye, sela udutha thayanguriye Sentamizh naattu tamizhachiye, sela udutha thayanguriye Nesavu seiyum … [Read more…]
Here is another Ilayaraja song. A melody from Solla Thudikuthu Manasu. poovae sempoovae un vaasam varum vaasal en vaasal un poongaavanam vaay paesidum pullaanguzhal needhaanoru poovin madal (poovae) Flower, red flower, your fragrance emanates In front of my house, in your flower garden Your voice is like a flute You are an inflorescent missive nizhal … [Read more…]