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Nadu adhai nadu - Nadodi

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:55 am    Post subject: Nadu adhai nadu - Nadodi Reply with quote

Makkal Thilagam MGR - Kavignar Kannadasan , both in reel as well as real life had volatile streaks of friendship and occasional spats as well. Still both, each gifted with strong individuality, understood , recognized and respected each one’s talent.

I believe , for 2 situational songs in Aayirathil Oruvan , MG , after not being satisfied with lyrics from others including Valee, finally had to call Kavignar ( despite the rift ) & Kavignar, the true artist that he was, also obliged with Adho Andha paravai pola & Odum megangale !

Amongst the MGR-Kavignar combo , I am captivated to NAADU ADHAI NAADU - Nadodee………..

MG lip-synchs this song like a typical Nadodee with harmonium hanging around his neck .This is another movie sans any political message or any hidden agenda but a pure commercial movie with a simple love story … The movie also has a good message on casteism .

Saroja devi first paired with MGR in NADODEE MANNAN ……..

This pair had acted 26 movies !

Coincidentally the same pair also appeared later in NADODEE

Released in 1966

However, the movie starts with Barathi as the first lover but dies earlier

MGR , imprisoned for wrong reasons comes out soon wanders around in streets , comes across a blind SD , whose eyes gets impaired by Villain Nambiar ( Nambiar’s sister could not get her damaged eyes cured & VKR , the Father of SD will be the reason & hence the tit for tat ) ….. Pitied by her condition, MGR takes care of her. While SD is being deployed by Nambiar to beg and collect money , MGR also joins her .

While one day when SD tries to sing a song imposed by Nambiar, MGR intercepts & stops her from singing such lousy songs. MGR alternatively comes up with a very memorable tune from Mellisai Mannar .

The usage of NAADU both as a noun & verb shows Kavignar’s gifted ability …He actually plays with the word ‘Naadu’ & indeed its a real beauty.

Another interesting aspect of this song is the peculiar lyrics makes me wonder if this could be Makkal thilagam sang for Tamil Eelam way back in the 60s – NAADU ADHAI NAADU …..ADHAI NAADAVITAAL EDHU VEEDU. Though the movement was not that active in the 60s , IMO, this song has unequal merits as the pledge song for Eelam.

Reading the lyrics, this song should be a huge motivational factor for those ardent supporters of free land & freedom for them, it’s a true reflection of what they aspire for & what they strive for ….this may fit for even Palestine & Israel !! ….

Though other lyricists also gave sold songs for MG to spread his political / ethical / cultural messages , beyond doubt , some songs of Kavignar had that extraordinary ‘punch’ in his lines

In the mid 1960s, long before the struggle for Eelam was in the thoughts of Sri Lankan Tamils, Kavignar-MG must have thought about it & aptly named the movie title itself & gave a thought provoking song ….

& the movie name as well - Nadodee . Kavignar’s poignant song starts with the lines:


In a play on the word Naadu, which means ‘homeland’ (as a noun) and ‘reach your target ’ (as a verb), Kavignar splendidly highlights the wisdom that one’s real home is in his/her homeland. Also, nicely uses the word PANPAADU & PANN-PAADU !!

Even when I hum the lines of this particular lyric, I’m astounded by Kavignar’s mastery of thoughts, words and vision, and he writes these lines for Makkal thilagam to mouth these lines through the golden voice of TMS & very well supported by PS .

Paalaivanam enra pothum Nam Naadu
Paarai Malai kooda Nam ellai Kodu
Aaru Nilam Paainthu Vilhaiyadum Thottam
Veera Samuthayame Engal Kootam.

The lyrics are too striking …. that even if a dry desert happens to be our our homel, its our dear homeland & lets have borders with rock and mountains. There are rivers which flow into the fields, and lets be proud of our heroic traditions.

Many remember the following charanam fondly :

Vanam kulamadhar mugam parthadhillai
Vanja ninaivengal manam parthadhillai
Veerar vizi thanzdhu nilam parthadhillai
Vetri thirumadhu nadai podum ellai.

What follows during the final charanam are real gems :

Pasi enru Varuvoorku Virunthaha Maarum
Pahaivar Muham Paarthu Puliyaaha Cheerum
Nilathil Uyir Vaithu Urimai Kondaadum
Ethirthu Varuvorai Urama Podum

Kavignar signs off with a powerful lyrics.

The situation & composition must have been cake walk for Mellisai Mannar as he had the FREEDOM TO USE HIS PET HARMONIUM !! with a flourish, MSV applies harmonium very sharply as preludes ……

And the tune & lyrics must have impressed MG a lot it seems…..as he acknowledges with AHAA for which SD also reciprocates with OHO when her turn comes !

There is a nice repetition of pallavi again with smooth flow of violin & harmonium ! I would call it as fine tuning of pallavi with subtle improvisation !

And its harmonium everywhere during the interludes ….midway, one can hear some trumphets / military type drums but somehow the harmonium seamlessly merges with the song & resurfaces at regular intervals….One can also hear lovely usage of tabla to give speed & momentum …..

MG, the ever cheerful character, will be at his usual self to convey a very motivational song to enthuse patriotism…..However, as he was tied to the harmonium, MG couldn’t extend / stretch his hands left & right ( his usual style was curbed !!) ….Still, never short of enthusiasm, he runs around playing with ease, the harmonium …..

I will be a sinner if I miss out TMS …….the one and only TMS can bring such power & force …..such a thundering impact …….The thrust he gives to every word & the subtle variation for Paadum pozudhellam adhaiye paadu…..

The eagerness & anxiety of someone longing for a land is reflected when he touches …… Adhai naadaavitaal edhu veedu
Or for ……Vaanam peridhendru vaazum …….

Displays bravery & valour when he sings – Veerar vizi thaanzdhu nilam paarpathillai

& the fondness for one’s land is reflected when he sings – Paalai vanam endra podhum nam naadu …..

Only TMS can give such a thrust ….a committed & involved singer !

Such songs only make MSV , an undisputed champion – GIVING STRESS TO EVERY WORD / SENTENCE .

When such a high voltage lyric has to be presented in a striking manner , one needs to come out with very forceful tune to complement the intensity & this was what our MSV did precisely with very aggressive & emotional tune . I picked this song for the catchy tune & power packed lyrics & nice orchestration.

This movie is another wonderful album for the Melody king .. combo with MGR :
a. Androru naalile nilavil avan irundhaan – A beautiful number , one of the very best of MSV - by TMS & PS – a poetic song …lovely lyrics
b. Ulagamengum ore mozhi – TMS & PS ….. a unique composition , western , one of my MSV all time favourites
c. Thirumbi vaa oliye thirumbi vaa – TMS & PS again …..Looks like another composition wherein the tune came first followed by lyrics !
d. Kadavul seidha pavam – Philosophical song

There are few more also. Infact L.R.Iswari sings Androru naalile nilavil in the earlier part of the movie for Barathi.

Each one was a super hit & being heard even today with the same enthu & interest because the silken melody effect has been coated on them !
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enna Ithu ? Balaji Anna Va Romba Naal Kaanum Nuu Yosichean!!! Oru Sixer Udan KaLam Pugunthu VitteergaL.

Beautiful write-up, yet again !!!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 8:11 am    Post subject: AMAZING !!! Reply with quote

Dear Balaji,
Am listening to the song as I read your beautiful write-up that blends with the song neatly....This is one of the many songs for which I like TMS very much.....especially when he sings

Ethirthu Varuvorai Uramaga Podum.

I just cant believe my ears as this is really a very difficult and an intricate line to reproduce exactly (IMHO)

There are different kinds of happiness that exist in this world. When listening to such wonderful musical extravaganza gives us lot of pleasure, writing about the same out of listening experience gives a lot of self-satisfaction while reading such good write-up is again a different kind of joy that should only be felt to understand !!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Balaji anna

Beautiful writing about "NAADU ADHAI NAADU" from Naadodi.

Do you remember the starting of the song with Harmonium..?. We can feel that, somebody sitting very close to us and playing the Harmonium. Such a minute and clear way of playing.

Same in the interludes too, after the finishing of the army sound with drums and trumpets, suddenly MSV will change the class to Harmonium and Tabela. Wow... trizzling...

Now only we can understand the wonders he made in each and every song he compossed.

Apart from you mentioned , he movie has tfour more songs:

e) 'Androru nAL idhE nilavil.'... first version by Suseela and Eswari (for SD & Bharathi).

f) 'pAdum kural ingE pAdiyavan engE'.... by Suseela.

g) 'RasikkaththAnE indha azhagu'.... by Suseela

h) 'KangaLinAl kAnbathellAm'.... by Suseela (with TMS humming). But it is not in the movie.
Saradha Prakash
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ram wrote:
Enna Ithu ? Balaji Anna Va Romba Naal Kaanum Nuu Yosichean!!! Oru Sixer Udan KaLam Pugunthu VitteergaL.

Beautiful write-up, yet again !!!

mr. ram

this sixer is actually action re-play only.

because s.balaji sir posted the same message in another thread too.
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