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Eriyila Elandha Maram

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Friends - Here's presenting a rare folk-based song from Dr.Ilayaraja. A highly underrated composition with sheer brilliant shades effervescent with the flavor of Indian villages. The situation in this movie has the protagonist who has musical interest and takes up the daunting task of training young boys in the village he visits with singing this song. Brilliant chorus portions with intricate harmonies and tight inter-lacing of rustic flavors and harmonious repeat words in the antarAs/charanams makes this an effervescent pick from the early eighties. I had a blast attempting this rural folk genre and hope you all will enjoy this forgotten melody. The multitude of instruments (particularly the percussion types in the second interlude) are worth a mention and the track maker has authentically recreate these impeccably!

Lyrics with translation below:

Eriyila elandha maram thangachchi vachcha maram
Aside the lake, there's a jujube tree planted by your sister
oru kaayum illa poovum illa un thangachchi vacha maram
there is not a single flower or fruit in your sister's tree!

veLLimalaiyila thEnaruvi vEppamarathila pUnguruvi
over the silvery mountains, the river flows and the sparrow sits on the neem tree
vAzha elayila Odura kaathu aadura kooththu kaaNaliyO
didn't you see the dance moves of the wind blowing over the banana tree leaves?
azhagu peththa solaiyila nerinji mullaal vaeligalaam
in this bountiful greenery, thorny plants form a fence
seNduga mele vaNDuga vandhu uNDadhu thena bOdhayila aanandham thaane pOgayila
as the bees feed on the nectar from the flowers, its a joyful sight to see along the way

allikkoLathula thAmarayaam mullaikkoDiyila senbagamAm
a lotus in a lily pond and a shenbagam flower in a jasmine shrub
thennamarathula maangA thEdum maDayan sonnAn kettukkaDA
were reportedly seen by the moron who looked for mangoes atop a coconut tree!
vaLarndhu vitta vaathukkaLae OduRa pakkam ODungalaen
all you grown up ducks, run along a single file..
vandhadhu mAlai kaalaiyila seNDradhu mEgam boomiyila seNDradhu mEgam boomiyila
a garland from nature arrived early morning as the clouds descended down...

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