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Alai Meedhu Thadumarudhe

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The brilliance of a composer reflects in works where emotions of sorrow are conveyed without the need of melodrama in the tune. The genius of a composer in the same situation sparkles in a further step -where the background score is actually that of peppy melody while the stanzas carry the emotive depth. The soulful, evergreen song (covered herewith) outlives its era and brings its soul along with the time it traverses. A genius stroke by Maestro Dr.Ilayaraja from the mid-80s with lyrics by Kavignar Vairamuthu drenches us in melody while posing a slanderous rebuke at a society which prevailed back then. Originally rendered by SPB and Vani Jayaram as a duet, the thought-provoking lyrics allow a solo presentation. Hope you all enjoy the melody of raag Yaman alongside the sorrowful depth conveyed in the words. I had sung and presented this with a lesser quality track(made by copy-pasting original parts to a sped-up sharper scale) in Muziboo. Thereafter, I came across a totally recreated hi-qual track at the correct speed and scale and re-recorded afresh. One of my all time favorite songs, was an absolutely satisfying experience redoing it!
The situation for this song has a single mother(abused and driven by her alcoholic husband) with a young kid who is helped by a friend of her husband in good intent while the neighbors float rumors of illicit relationship between them...

Lyric with translation below:

alai mIdhu thaDumArudhE siRu Odam
The small boat is struggling on rough waves...
sumai thAngAmalE karai thEDum
unable to bear this, it is searching for the shore
seNDRu sErum varai ivaL pAvam pAvam
Until she reaches there, she is helpless...

kaNNil innum sindha kaNNIrillai yEdhO konjam inimai
there are no more tears left to shed and hence that's some relief
peNNai peNNAi kANum kAlam illai pOdhum pOdhum thanimai
a lonely woman is never taken kindly to in this era
piLLai yennum kodimullai kaNN vaLara illai illai kavalai
the kid of this lonely woman found some relief in growing
indha nEsam sugamAgumE ivaL vAzhkkai niRam mARumE
the affection of a friend may change the colors of her life
yenDRAlum kaNN Oram Oar soagamE
but the eyes are still sore from grief...

jannal engum kaNgaL pArkkinDRadhE yEdhO sollichchirikkum
Gossiping eyes from society peek in through the windows
dharmam pEsum indha oor uLLadhE sAgum munbE erikkum
In the pretext of do's and don'ts, this society will burn her alive
thAnAi yENi tharum mElE yERa viDum mINDum yERippaRikkum
in the pretext of help, the ladders will pull her down within few steps of ascent
thaDumARum ingu nyAyangaL adhanAl thaan pala kAyangaL
justice shakes with instability and hurts living
kannIril thaLLADum peNN deebangaL
and women like this suffer in tears...

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