Poongatru Thirumbuma ?…

Sivaji Vs Sivaji in Gauravam
[Pic: hindu.com]

Not many would be as lucky as us to witness this greatest actor of the last century. If you think that Sivaji Ganesan shouldn’t be called like that, you hadn’t probably seen the essence of his acting, still.

There are lot of movies that one could re-collect, while talking about Sivaji. Apart from all those Paasamalar, Paavamaippu types, which I love, there are a couple of movies that I feel that were radical in Sivaji’s career.

One, Uthama Puthiran which re-defined tamil cinema’s horizon. Sivaji in dual roles, as the vivacious and the pleasant Parthiban, was at his best. Especially as Vikraman he displayed plethora of emotions and also paved way for splendiferous anti-hero roles. Who would forget the classy moving camera shots and the amazing Yaaradi Nee Mohini dance sequence. It was well ahead of time and was path breaking.

Two, Muthal Mariyadhai which showed that Sivaji has grown over period and has learnt the art of adapting roles that would well suit his age. It was in a way the making of the older Sivaji. Bharathiraja‘s taste for village romance and Sivaji’s tact of getting deep into the skin’s character met chords. The old man – young woman romance of Mudhal Mariyadhai was in a way a brisk effort by Bharathiraja and Sivaji elevated the movie to different heights. Forget not the excellant performace ‘foul mouthed’ Vadivukarasi. And ofcourse, the Poongatru Thirumbuma wonder song by Illayaraja. Chef-d’oeuvre.

Having lost Sivaji Ganesan to the good old destiny, I couldn’t wish him Happy B’day Dude!!, rather earn for his return to the acting deprived Kollywood. Hence will that Poongatru Thirumbuma [breeze come back ] ?.

Happy Birthday Dude !! – MS Subbulakshmi

MS Subbulakshmi

As MS Subbulakshmi, the god’s own voice, celebrates her 89th birthday today, all we can do is to wish her The Hindu way, Many healthy happy peaceful returns of the day. Offlate, her recent setbacks on health front did worry millions of her fans across the world and this is probably is one nice way to wish her great health.

The quest to enjoy her music, live in an auditorium, has only grown over the days and has never suffered a downfall. Everytime you would hear Kurai Ondrumillai or the Bhaja Govindam or her Meera Bhajans, her music grows on you. These are just some popular examples that one can relate to. A long time carnatic music fanatic would be able to identify a raaga sung by a contemporary singer and relate to how MS has/would sung the similar raaga better.

While Raaga Aalaapana, they say, is easier said than done, I have heard people who talk/write about her ability to research deeper into a raaga during the Aalaapanai and still keep the audience glued. But again, we are just gifted to listen to her music on tapes. I constantly envy those who have enjoyed her carnatic kutcheris in person.

Few years back, while I had to visit my friend in the Apollo Hospital, we saw MS was just walking slowly in the reception area, probably for a doctor visit. And before me and my friend could realise it was MS herself, a few teenaged girls literally started running towards her. Bowed her down and were damn excited to see her. The next moment, a small queue got formed and they started falling down on her feet to get her blessings. While me and my friend stood transfixed by her tejas and the kind way she responded to those girls, we also realised that she was so embarassed to have a queue waiting to fall in her feets. All this within minutes and then she had gone. Though I had seen her before in a kutcheri, this recent one remains so fresh and couldn’t believe even today that we actually glimpsed MS, so near, in person.

Fly here for a complete profile of MS Subbulakshmi. This Happy Birthday Dude!! is kind of getting on like a impromptu series, so allow me to call everyone informally, a dude, including MS.

Happy Birthday Dude!! – Vairamuthu


Pachai Kiligal

Need I say more than quoting him from my favorite all time song from Shankar’s Indian. This guy from Vadugapatti in Theni District has already reached Sahitya Akademi for Kallikkattu Edhikasam (The Epic of Kallikkadu), with his magical pen.

Apart from his well known, most popular association with AR Rahman, Vairamuthu is also equally known in literary circles for some of his good contributions during yester years. His first work in Tamil literature called Vaigarai Megangal was a runaway success. His modern poetry called Kavirajan Kathai, detailing the life of Poet Bharathi is also regarded as a great contribution to Tamil literature. I’ve my own set of favorites which includes the autobiographical Indha Kulathil Kal Erindhavargal and Sigarangalai Nokki.

From that Idhu Oru Ponn Malai Pozhuthu in Bharathiraja’s Nizhalgal, Vairamuthu has become a mainstream lyricist for Tamil movies. He and AR Rahman rocked the Tamil music scene for over a decade. My list of songs by A R Rahman and Vairamuthu combo would run pages. They include Pachai Kiligal – Indian, Pachai Niramey – Alai Payuthey, Ithu Annai Bhoomi – Bombay, Kanukku Mai Azhagu – Pudhiya Mugham, Vellai Pookal – Kannathil Muthamittal, Minnale – May Madham and so on.

I can’t stop myself from quoting my most favorite song of Vairamuthu. It’s Pachai Kiligal Tholodhu from Indian. The lyrics celebrate life, the pleasures and sorrows of life and finally quote the joy of life in totality. Unmatchable lyrics combined with that beautiful flute interlude of A R Rahman where Indian Thatha dances clandestinely inside the potter’s mud.

Chinnanchiru Kootukkuley
Sorgam Irukku
Ada Chinnach Chinna Anbil Thaney
Jevvan Inum Irukku
Pattampoochik Kootathukku
Patta Ethukku
Ada Paasam Mattum Podum Kanney
Kaasu Panam Ennathukku

Happy Birthday Vairamuthu !!

Remembering Sivaji on his birthday:

This gloomy eyed guy became the biggest star of tamil cinema and the first guy who was called as A Man with thousand faces. Featured by a swaggering gait, protuding big expressive eyes, enviable gift of acting was Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan. His ability to get into the skin of the character was envied by his contemporaries. Over his ruling of tamil cinema for more than 50 years, he has acted in all sorts of roles and but unfortunately did not bag all kinds of awards.

Doesn’t matter he still stays in the hearts of good cinema lovers. Here is a piece of note left by my friend senthil in the comments when he reminded me of shivaji’s birthday. Read this. Goosebumps ahead. Take care.

im surprised to see the love and affection they have for chevalier sivaji ganesan here in Malaysia.Though they don’t have the poster culture, there were continuous programmes in tamil radio channel and articles in tamil dailies .For eg, the aired his famous dialogue clippings from parasakthi to padiayappa,song snippets from all his famous films,interviews given by actors like superstar , kamal all this since morning ( now the time is just 12.00 noon).I remembered the day when he died , where radio 6 – a tamil radio channel conducted interviews where people were cryin and choking without words.Almost around 200 people( im not exaggerating) saw his death procession in TV standing in front of a cofee shop.I was surprised to see even young guys watching with tears in their eyes.Sivaji lived like a king and died like a king. Actors should not even try to match this great man…He will live in the hearts of all the tamils througout the world.