Meenkodi Theril (by Shankar) (Karumbu Vil)
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Hi friends,

Presenting a beautiful melody in Afro-tribal folk style composed by the Maestro Ilaiyaraaja.

About the song

This song is one of the immortal melodies given by the Maestro sung soulfully by “Gaana Gandharvan” K J Yesudas. The song has two solo versions, one beautifully sung by Jency and the other one by Yesudas. This is one of the hundreds of songs of Ilaiyaraja of that category in which we remember and associate a film only with a song, not for its story, cast etc.! In my humble opinion, if not for these songs, not many, after 30 years, would remember/know that a movie by name ‘Karumbu Vil’ existed…. :)

This song is based on the raga “Mohanam”. “Mohanam” is a nice, melodious raga. Illayaraja is a real Mohanapriyan! :). No other music director in India would have given so many Mohanams as him. Among his hundreds of Mohanam hits here are a few – kaNNan oru kai kuzhandhai (BhadrakaLi), geedham sangeedham (Kokkarako), malare pesu (Geethanjali), vaan polae vaNNam (Salangai oli), kaNmaNiye kaadhal enbadhu (aaril irundhu
arubadhu varai), poovil vandu (Kadhal oviyam), naan oru ponnoviyam kandaen adiye (?movie), ABC nee vaasi (Oru kaidiyin dairy), oru raagam paadalodu (Aanandha Raagam), nilavu thoongum neram (Kunkumachimizh), oru thanga radhathil (Dharmayudham), kasthoori maane (Pudhumai penn), ninnukkori varNam (Agni Nakshathram), idhayam oru kovil (idhayakovil), kukku koo koo koo koovum kuyilakka (VaLLi) etc.

This song has the style of Afro-tribal music. African music, as quoted on the Web, is usually credited with very complex and varied beat patterns. In South India, tribals living in the hills enjoy beat oriented music. After all, there is a theory that is spoken about saying India, Srilanka, Africa and Australia were one large mass of land earlier called “Lemuria” once upon a time. No wonder we note the similarity in music. In Raja’s songs if the lyrics/situation refers to hills (as this song does) we get beat oriented music from him (ex. malai kovil vaasalil, viLakku vaippom, meen kodi theril).

As few lines of this song are a bit sensual, I chose not to attempt at a translation. :) Apologies. The context of this song is no different than an usual song which a hero sings thinking about the heroine and the song happens in a beautiful river in a hilly area. The heroine is dressed up like a tribal girl and the chorus artists are also drssed up as tribals.

On this upload

I just wanted to give an attempt on all my favorite solos and here is another one that I always wanted to try. I didn’t have a good track. The tempo of the beats in pallavi lines towards the end are not consistent. The beautiful female chorus portions went missing in the track. :( Anyways, did my best within my abilities and with what track I had. Should you have time, kindly listen to this one and leave your valuable comments. Your valued feedback will do a world of good for me.

Hope you will enjoy this upload.

Song: Meen Kodi Theril….
Movie: Karumbu Vil
Language: Tamil
Year of Release: 1980
Starring: Sudhakar, Subhashini
Lyricist: M G Vallaban
Composer: The Maestro Dr. Ilaiyaraaja
Original Singer: Dr. K J Yesudas
Cover & Mixing: Shankar
meenkodi theril manmadha raajan oorvalam pogindraan(2)
radhiyo vithiyin pirivil madhano radhiyin ninaivil
uravin sugame irave tharume
kaadalar dhevanin poojaiyil naaLinil

(meen kodi theril)

ooooo ola ola ola ola olaoo….

pournami raavil iLam kanniyar meni
kaadhal raagam paadiye
Aadavar naadum antha paarvaiyil thaano
kaaman yevum Baanamo…
naane unadhaanen naaLum subha veLai thaane…

(meen kodi theril)

ooooo ola ola ola ola olaoo….

kaalaiyil thozhi naga kolamum thedi
kaaNa naaNam kooduthe
mangaLa meLam sugha sangama geetham
kaaman kovil poojaiyil
naane unadhaanen naaLum subha veLai thaane…

(meen kodi thEril)

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