Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Happy Birthday Vairamuthu


Supreme lyricist Kaviyarasu Vairamuthu celebrates his birthday today July 13... Here's my own kavidhai(haiku?) on the occasion...

Diamonds are forever
Diamondpearl's lyrics are forever too!


Since I immediately realized how silly and juvenile that particular piece was, I'll stop and simply present my favorite sections from a song whose lyrics I consider to be one of Vairamuthu's best works...

pon maalai pozhudhu
idhu oru pon maalai pozhudhu
vaana maghaL naaNugiRaaL
vaeRu udai poonugiRaaL

Its evening. The sky, personified as a woman, is shy because she is changing her dress from evening to night (I've heard Vairamuthu mention in an interview that the redness in the sky signifies her blushing!).

aayiram niRangaL jaalamidum
raathiri vaasalil koalamidum
vaanam iruvukku paalamidum
paadum paRavaigaL thaaLamidum
poo marangaL saamarangaL veesaadho

The arrival of dusk is marked by a thousand colors. Kolangal are drawn at night's doorstep(or is it "the night draws kolangal at our doorstep"?). The sky lays a bridge to the night to the accompaniment of chirping birds. The flower trees sway as saamarangal(those feathery things that the guards fanned the king with to keep him cool in olden days).

Can anyone describe the onset of dusk in a better way? I don't think so!

pirandha naaL nalvaazhthukkaL kaviyarase!

22 Comments:

At 12:30 AM, Anonymous ram said...

bb, i think its "vaeru udai poonuguraall." listen to the song again...

yes, its a gr88 song...twaaz after listening to this song, i wrote a para for my last story which went: Chennai was blessed with some intermittent showers, a huge relief from the scorching sun of the previous six months. The sun, for its part, made an apology by occasionally coming out to bow to the rain, jointly sketching out a seven-colored masterpiece.

...the other day i was listening to songs from mudhal mariyaadhai...adhula one of the lines is:

budhi ketta desam...podi vechu paesum...saadhi madha bedham elaam munnavanga senja moasam!

WOW!!! happy b'day vairamuthu sir!!

 
At 1:54 AM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said...

Wow. Great!!!
This song is a default favorite of most east man color chennaiites(born between 1970 to 80). Happy birthday vairamuthu sir!!

 
At 2:17 AM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said...

Off topic. Why dont you enable the RSS feed for your blog bb?

 
At 3:32 AM, Anonymous rekhs said...

wow bb thotful post:)
ram is rt..its
vaana magal naanugiraal
veru udai poonugiraal

i think he is one up on kamal in bagging national award five times??
for his mudhalmariyadhai, roja,
sangamam,karuthamma,
kannathil muthamitaal....

my fav is pachchai kiligal thoLodu
and pachai niramay pachai niramay
arent they gems...diamond or pearls??:p

 
At 4:08 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

you forgot to mention,
avvaikku koon azhagu ;-)

I guess, not on his birthday.

Here's hoping to see more in the ilk of poongathave...

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous GP said...

You are late by a day, Balaji.. :-)

Anyway, I did some research on one of his funda in my blog y'day.. check it out..

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger kaleidoscope said...

Oh one of my fav songs, nice song to listen to when UR day dreaming ;)

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger IBH said...

that is :

veru udai poonugiral...

Ofcourse nobody else can descirbe dusk like this...ur take on drawing kolam is logically rite i think.....

I like all the songs of Nizhagal...poon kathave thazhthidava....what a combo?IR and Vairamuthu...

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, nice description :)

ferrari, true. will send u mail on the RSS feeds thingie :)

rekhs, 'pachai nirame' is defly a gem. i'd written about it in my top 5 song sequences and the lyrics played a major part in my selection.

munimma, that and niagara/viagara too :) but as u said, not on his bday :)

gp, i posted this yesterday(july 13) night. so adhepdi oru naal late? :)

ram/rekhs/ibh, thanx for the correction. its been awhile since i heard the song. so wrote the lines from memory. ivlo correctaa vandhadhe surprise dhaan :)

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous ram said...

btw, about his bete noire- the thiruvasagam CD is an absolute treasure...make no mistake, i dont understand a syllable of that chaste Thamizh but still, 2 of the tunes are simply out of the world..."pooveru poanum" (raja and bhavatharini) and "putril vaazh aravum anje" (raja).

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Arvind said...

Balaji,

Niagara/Viagara - was Vaali if i remember ?

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger thennavan said...

He was intelligent enough to include his name and his wife's in a song. Remember that?

"anname endhan sorname undhan ennaththil vaanavil varname
kanname madhu kinname adhil PONMANI VAIRAngal minnume"

:-)

 
At 12:56 AM, Blogger Nithya Swaminathan said...

Vaana magal naanugiral, Veru udai poonugiral is one of the most breathtaking descriptions of the evening sky... Mindblowing stuff!

More than songs that talk about nature etc, VM takes the cake in penning erotic numbers... be it
Kiligal mutham tharudha, adhanaal satham varudha,
or the more famous
kettana iravugal suttana kanavugal, imaigalum sumaiyadi ilamayile,
he jus rocks!!!

I can go on and on about my fav lines from vairamuthu...
Un vizhiyaal pirarku azhuthaal
Kanneerum aanandam aanandam!

arumaiyana ezhuthu!

Happy bday VM..:-)

 
At 2:06 AM, Anonymous rekhs said...

hi thennavan
ya karakatakaran rt..IR and chithra sing indha maan undhan sondha maan...:)pahadi ragam same as aedhaedho ennam valarthaen..
but i thot GA penned the lyrics
..after reading yr post googled and musicindiaonline credits it to vaali?
2 other lovely songs fm this movie r:maankuyilae poonkuyilae(SPB)and kudagu malai katril(mano and chithra):)

 
At 7:03 AM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said...

RSS enabled. Hurray!!!!

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

I liked all of Vairamuthu's Nature kavidhais. Especially pon malai pozhudhu / Ilaya Nila.

Though nature is on it way out in that old form these days...vairamuthu has the ability to still stand out in these....."Iyengar veetu Azhagu, Dandakka dandakka' days.!

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

anbe sivam marakamudiyuma?range of the guy is simply amazing ella machi and anbe sivam, wat a range awesome guy

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger tilotamma said...

thought it was Lazy's USP - Happy B'day 'Dude' s...........

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

tilo, thanx for dropping by. LG's been writing for so long, i'm sure he's wished all these dudes already. my 1st yr. so doing my bit :)

 
At 2:53 AM, Anonymous Arun said...

"Iyengar veetu Azhagu" is that from surya-simran film? I have been searching for the song for long. Please gimme a hint.

Iam a malayalee so i dont know much about tamil films

 
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