Now, let us take some tamil songs. The first and foremost song is “Kannan Vandhan Ange Kannan Vandhan” penned by the great Kannadasan and composed by the great M S Viswanathan. When I thought of this topic, I discussed with some of our MSV forum members. I was focusing my attention on contrast feelings like one is Joy and another is sorrow and suggested some of the songs. One of my friends, Sri. R.V.S. Mani , a senior member of the forum, suggested “Kannan Vandhan Ange Vandhan” is also a single melody but having two different emotions. One is Bakthi sung by Seergazhi and another is request to grant the faculty of speech by the one and only TMS. Just to listen to the song, you will realize the genius of MSV.
Next is the song from the film Iru Malargal again composed by the Melody King MSV and the lyrics is by Vaali. “Kadavul Thantha Iru Malargal” sung by P Suseela (Sorrow) and L R Easwari (Joy).
Listen to the following lyrics which reflect the dejected feelings of the one of the heroines.
“Kaatril udhirndha vannamalar kanneer sindhum chinna malar (2)
Aatril vandhu saerndhadhammaa alaigal kondu poanadhammaa (2)
Paavai koondhal saerndha malar paruvam kandu pooththa malar
Paasam kondu vandhadhammaa parisaayth thannaith thandhadhammaa”
The next stanza sung by the present wife of the hero is joyful and comforting.
“Alaiyil midhandha malar kandu adhanmael karunai manam kondu (2)
Thalaiyil iraivan soodikkondaan thaanae adhanai saerththukkondaan (2)
Kuzhalil soodiya oru malarum koayil saerndha oru malarum
Irandum vaazhvil perumai perum idhayam engum amaidhi perum”
Same melody but different emotions. What a composition! It is not easy to convey different moods with the same melody. I wonder if these types of melodies are prevalent in other systems of music like Carnatic and Hindustani Classicals. If readers come across, please share.
My thanks to my friend Mr Sriram Lakshman (Zindagi bhar nahi Bhooleghi).
Answer for Last week’s Quiz: Mahathi, 4 note raga invented by Dr M Balamuralikrishna
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