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 a full moon night, a forest with mist and dew
On a narrow footpath, walking with you
I love it how you know all the things I don’t even know about myself
I’ll yearn to fulfill all your wishes without you even telling me
She’s the god who can stand and talk in person
What could be beyond her?
This yellow evening,
Winds tell of rains to come.
A healthy, happy wind
That I haven’t felt for so long.
Dry mango leaves
Scrape along the concrete
Of my terrace.
Thunder from different directions
Kites dance in the wind
A Monsoon song.
This is a relatively old song. The lyrics are in rustic Tamil style. Melody by Ilayaraja. Poongaathu thirumbuma? Yaen paatte virumbuma? Paaraate, madiyil vaichu thaalaate, Yenakkoru thaaymadi kedaikuma? (Poongaathu) Will the soft breeze turn? Will it like my song? To praise me and rock me to sleep Will I get a mother’s lap? Raasaave varuthama? … [Read more…]
Theme Betrayal! The beat is peppy, but the song conveys his pain. It is almost caustically sarcastic in some parts. Kamal’s character is singing to the girl who left him for his friend. Rajani, at this point is quite oblivious to the connection between his best friend and the girl he is dating. In fact, … [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…]