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Kannithaenae Ival Maanae

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Presenting a yesteryear gem from Maestro Ilayaraja's works. The male lead singer of this beautiful romantic song was Madhavapeddi Ramesh, a telugu native, who was brought to Tamil by the Maestro. Albeit getting few songs, almost each of them turned gold with their immense popularity. A humble and talented artist gave into jaundice way too young in his life. His brother Madhavapeddi Suresh, worked with all the stalvart music directors in South as a lead keyboardist and went on to become a successful composer himself. It was a wonderful blessing in my life to have met and worked with him during his shows in the USA, presenting some famous telugu songs -both tuned by him and tributes to all the maestros he worked with. His constant encouragement and immense respect for my Classical music background, spoke volumes to how humble and grateful one must be,as an artist, despite tall achievements! Here's my tribute to his brother Ramesh's work with lyrics by Poet Vairamuthu

Lyrics(with rough translation) below:

kanniththEnE ivaL mAnE dhinam sandhikka kaNgaLum thandhi adikkudhu thAnE
The eyes flutter to meet this young and sweet damsel
unnai yeNNi nAnE kaNNae uLLam izhandhaenE
i lost my heart in your thoughts
ini thithikkum muththangaL yethanai solli viDu
tell me how many sweet kisses are in store

koondhalil viral saerkkiRaen saelayil nizhal ketkiREn
i caress your hair and seek refuge in your saree
kAdhalAl enai pArkkiRaai theenDinAl mugam saaykkiraai
you look at me with love but shun if i touch you
thaali varum munnae ingu pandhi nadappadhillai
before marriage, no romance is permitted
kaalai pagal vaeLai alli mundhi virippadhillai
no romance is allowed in broad daylight either
kaNmaniyE aLLikkoDu kAvalillai ippoadhu
honey, just give in..there's no one watching
kAlai varum nEram varai koLLaiyiDu thappaedhu
let's have fun till it dawns
sugarasam paruga paruga idhayam niRaiyumE
the joy of youth will fill our hearts

kAdhalil thavam seigiraen unn kaNgaLe varam yengiREn
In the penance of love, your eyes are a boon
rAdhayE unnai nambinEn yennaiyE varam tharugiREn
i trust you and will give my all to you
bramman thandha selvam ingu kottikidakkudhamma
the gift of the creator is abundant
thangam unadhangam adhai vetti yedukkattumA
shall i cut your body of gold
atharkkoru kaalam varum avasaram kooDAdhu
a time will come for that, there's no hurry needed
kattumaram vettuppattAl karai senDru serAdhu
a damaged boat will not reach the shore
viLakkangaL enakku yedharkku viLakkai aNaikkavA
shall i turn the lights off to avoid more explanations

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