Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Kumudam, on the occasion of Vairamuthu's birthday, has thrown 52 questions at the lyricist and he has answered them in his inimitable style, with poetry and wit. Here are some of my favorites among kaviyarasu's replies...

They're in Tanglish since translating them to English pretty much robs them off their charm. So, if you're like me, they may be a little tough to read but the rewards are well worth it :-)

kaadhal enbadhu
kaamanin ambu alladhu hormonekalin vambu

Kannadasan-Vaali oppiduga
paadalai janaranjagamaakkiyavar Kannadasan
janaranjagathai paadalaakkiyavar Vaali

nadigargalil oru arivaali

arivaaligalil oru nadigar

neengal ezhudhaadhadhil piditha paadal?
kaadhal siragai kaatrinil virithu vaanaveedhiyil parakka vaa...

Me: What movie is this song from?

kaadhal tholviyadaindhaal enna seivadhu?
kalyaanam seidhu kaadhalai thorkadippadhu

thannambikkai varigal please?
sudappattirukka maattaai nee thangamaaga illaavittaal;
soodu thaangu; nagaiyaavaai

Me: I love this. Could've been an entry in Narayanan's kavidhai poatti!

raja-rahman oppiduga
avar armoniya arasar
ivar keyboard king

Sarojaa Devi - kattazhagu
Devika - kannazaghu
Padmini - pennazhagu
Kushboo - mugathazhagu
Sneha - sirippazhagu
Trisha - muzhuazhagu

Me: Trisha muzhuazhagu? You too Vairamuthu?

Btw, he mentions while referring to Vidyasagar winning the National award for a Telugu film, that his mother tongue is Telugu! That was a surprise to me.


At 11:50 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

I'm not able to place the Kadhal Siragai song. I remember reading somewhere that Vidyasagar has a Telugu background....this might be one of the reason for his bonding with Arjun.

The funny thing is that Vidyasagar made a name for himself in other South indian languages (i think it is Malayalam) before getting a break in Tamil.

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

liked the title of your post :)

here're some of my not-so-vaira varigall abt some actresses:

sneha-- sirithaal kollai azhagu
pooja-- mudi virithaal kollai azhagu

laila- kannathu kuzhi azhagu
jothika-- maiyyukku vizhi azhagu

asin-- azhagilum oru nalinam
madhumitha-- mazhaiyilum oru mellinam

sushmitha sen-- vairam paaynja KATTAI
mumtaj-- kizhithu poatta sattai

Madhavi-- Raja Paarvaiyil Rani
Madhuri-- Fair and Lovely Maeni

Trisha-- Overrated Iyeru
Namitha-- Oversized Vayiru

Sadha-- Anaavasya Thalakkanam
Aishwarya Rai-- Azhagirku Ilakkanam

At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, did u get to hear the songs from Anbe Aaruyire....songs are gud...the title song by Rehman is gr8

At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kaadhal siragai.. is from Paalum Pazhamum.. really lovely song..

some of his answers had surprised me too..

Qn: Ilayaraja-Bharathiraja?
Ans: Maerku thodarchi malaiyai imayamalaikku arimugam seithavargal..

What does that mean?

At 2:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gp...that means introducing Western Ghats to illayaraja introduced tamil music to north

At 4:26 AM, Blogger NS said...

For a moment I was shocked out of my wits thinking VM had a Telugu background!!! Thankfully on reading the comments, I gotto know you were talking about Vidyasagar!!:D

nice one liners..:)

At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, athu puriyuthu.. Did IR and Bharathiraja both introduce western ghats to Himalayas? Adhu dhaan udhaikkuthae..

At 8:02 AM, Blogger anantha said...

kaadhal siragai kaatrinil virithu is from Paalum Pazhhamum!

Engayum paakama, ennake nyabagam vandhuduthu! Yipeeeeeee!

But thats by Vairamuthu? :O

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Arvind Srinivasan said...

Vairamuthu is a class unto himself !!

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaps, i've been a fan of vidyasagar for a long time. always felt he was underrated and was waiting for him to get the right break. which he did after 'dhill' i think. his music for movies like 'karna', 'sakthi', etc. really rocked.

ram, very funny and very nicely-written. ellor ullum oru kavinjyan iruppaan poliruku :) shouldnt it be 'mayyitta' for jo?

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no BB, for jo, i wrote "maiyyukku vizhi azhagu" (obvious rip-off of Kannukku Mai Azhagu) coz, avaloda kannoda ottikardhunaalaye andha mai-ku oru azhagu...aiyyo, kaalangaarthaala ipdi tunsan aakittiye paa..!

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't that paalum pazhamum song written by Kannadasan? Qn must be "neenga ezhudaadadil piditha paadal"

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

nithya, yeah it was vidyasagar. guess it wasn't too clear from the way i'd written :)

gp, u're right. enakum andha line puriyala. thats why it didnt make it to my favorite replies list :)

bladehawk, yep thats the sakthi i was talking about. guess i'm mistaken on the MD. i did think it was vidyasagar...

anon, u're right. that was the question. i've changed it in the post. thanx!

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

trisha chappai figure, and yet he calls her muzhuazhagu? what is he.... blind??

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Hey, i'm a fan of Vidhyasagar too...!!! More of his old ones than new... his crap he churned out for vijay, and ajith made me mad though... its like all the sudden the youngun's came to know of him cuz of the songs from vijay movies... gime a break grrrrr.

I love the songs from karna!

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Potpourri said...

Many people (read guys)I know (mid-twenties) are all crazy about Trisha, I'm not surprised about Vairamuthu but about what I read in the comments section about her :D

I liked what hez said abt Rajini and Kamal.

But I always wonder, if Rajini is an arivaali/spiritualist blah blah..why does he charge so much for his films?Why does he care about image? Isn't he supposed to be "above" all that?

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

potpourri, i guess the charge helps him filter out producers. i mean if he worked for less, every producer would be knocking on his door, right?
and if he was after money, don't u think he'd do more than a movie every 3 yrs? i'm sure there r people willing to give him what he wants how many ever movies he wants to do :)
and one look at the way he shows up in public is proof enuf that he doesn't care about image. He does his movies certain way cos thats whats expected of him. he has to make his producers and fans happy first and making a certain kind of movie is necessary for that.
and though he does charge a lot, he has never been one to flaunt his wealth. he is simplicity personified when he goes out and doesn't go in for extravagance.

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