Today is friday. The day, good old Chennai Thollaikatchi(Madras Doordarshan) would telecast songs from movies. That was the only source of movie songs for us then.
The thing about the socialistic India was its constant remainder of the existence of a Super Power. Are they going to telecast songs from new movies or old ones? Will the power be available during Oliyum Ozhiyum or not? Such questions made one hope there was indeed a supreme god who would then listen to your appeals for good songs.
These days apparently TV channels have turned Viewers into non-believers. With these horrible ever-running soaps where nothing actually moves, people cant believe an almighty would allow the existence of such horror. So, the growth of atheism.
Enough of my rant. For sometime now, I have wanted re-visit/visit some songs through this blog. Sometimes with the hope of sharing the joy of recalling an old melody or sometimes simply because I want to. So, in honor of this Oliyum Ozhiyum, here are few songs in similar format.
Urvasi Urvasi from kadhalan.
"Oliyum Ozhiyum current pona, take it easy policy." That line was one of the few lines of that era which capured our daily mundane life. Usually, lyrics were filled with kadhal, modhal & so on. Thanks to Vairamuthu, we had some mundane yet non-trivial feel stored away for eternity.
That apart I am not a great fan of the song. It brings back memories and music is good but I have never quite enjoyed Shankar's picturization. They appear tacky to me. Sure they are better than usual dabbankothu that Vijay stars in. But for the crores spent, Maniratnam or several of Farah khan's songs have been better.
"Idazhil kadhai Ezhuthum" from Unnal mudiyum Thambi.
Years after the movie's release, my cousin introduced me to the song and explained the significance. Traditionally, the woman was always compared to the moon equating her beauty to that of the moon. This song had the woman asking her lover how dare he compare her to the moon, when it wanes and waxes day after day. That the Cousin says is the beauty of Vairamuthu's lyrics, to question the orthodox. My hormones hadn't started kicking in, so I simply nodded.
It is based on Ragam Lalitha and this is the only song I know in this raaga.