Dear friends -- Here's wishing you all a happy and healthy 2016...musically! This yesteryear rare gem of Ilayaraja from the Tamil movie titled "January 1" brings a party mood ushering in the new year (of 1984, when the film was released). Simultaneously, a murder mystery gets resolved in the backdrop of a partying colony of apartment inhabitants. It is unique and seamless to hear the Maestro's orchestra switch easily between party melody and thriller mood, as demanded by the situation in the movie. Lyrics by Pulavar Pulamaipiththan also blend in easily to make this a memorable New Year's theme forever..Lyrics with rough translation as below...once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you :-)
PuthANDu pUthadhu Indru
New year is born today
PudhurAgam paaDuNgaL vandhu
Come, sing a new tune..
naaLdhAn thirunaaL dhAn kaNN munnAl
It's an auspicious day here for us
nALai vAnam kOvil aagum
The sky of dawn will be as divine as a temple
kAval dEvan veeNai pADUm
with the instruments from heaven singing (good wishes)
nal vaazhthu nAn sollavA
Can I also share my good wishes?
nAn pADum rAgangaL nooRu thean pAyum nerangaL paaru
I sing a hundered tunes, each of them pouring honey
AgAyamE thAnangavE aasaippuRA thaan pesudhE
The sky is full of pigeons carrying our wishes in their wings
mEgam mUDum pAdhai mElE deebam yEttrum vELai dhAnE
The cloudy paths need the light of the new year
pUvAga thEnAga ponnAga nee Odiu vA!
Come like a flower, its honey or its golden color :-)
uL nenjam paaDuthey pADal Or manjam pODuthey kaalam
The inner heart sings a song and this new time spreads comfort
thAlAttudhey vaan mEgamE naanAgavE naaL pArkkiRen
Clouds sing a lullaby and I am myself today
aasai mEDai pODUmbOdhu pADum veeNai rAgam dhAnE
As wishes get fulfilled, the inner instrument sings raagas by itself
thEnODu pAl sera naan pADa nee Odi vA!
With the melody of my song, come join and celebrate!
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