Thursday, December 12, 2013

Celebrating the 'Desiya Kavi'

As we jointly celebrate Mahakavi Bharathiar's birthday, let us bounce back and take a look at the songs of Mahakavi Bharathiyar used in Tamil movies. Dating back to Kamal era, ' Varumaiyin Niram Sivapu' caught the attention of many. But the movie did have two of the great poets compositions namely Theertha Karayinile and Nallador Veenai Seithen. The classica musical movie till date -Sindhu Bairavi has also used one of Subramania Bharathi's song 'Manathil Uruthi vendum' where it is a perfect fit keeping in mind the mental state Sivakumar is in the movie.

Listen to Bharathiar Songs on Raaga.com

In the Rahman frenzy era, none can forget 'Suttum vizhi Chudar dhan Kannama' echoing in Hariharan's voice for the movie Kandukondein Kandukondein. With the swaying lyrics ,anyone will definitely fall deep in love.Rewinding to the Black and White era,  Kappalotiya Thamizhan saw two of Bharathiar's compositions put to use. One apt number to recall from the movie would be 'Velli Panimalayin Meedhulavuvom'. A romantic encounter with Gemini Ganesan and Savitri in the lead, from the same movie would be 'Kaatru Veliyidayil Kannama'.

The special movie on Bharathi which was released in the year 2000 did showcase a lot of his compositions like 'Nipadhuve Nadapadhuve Parapadhuve' , 'Mayil Pola ponnu onnu' , 'Ninnaiye rathi endru' 'Kelada Manida Vazhvil' etc... The movie brought out the life story of the poet with actress Deivyani playing the female lead (Bharathiar's wife).

The man through his poetic lines brought out many concepts ranging from 'spirit of nationalism', the 'need for unity', 'respect for women' , ' the rich context of Tamil language'. As a tribute to the man who has contributed to the rich Tamil culture, tune in and enjoy the spirit of our 'Desiya Kavi'.