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Ilayaraja's Melodies - II

8. Poove Ilaya Poove, Kozhi Koovudhu - That men in love are poets is something known to all Indian cinema audience. Of the loads of songs fitting the 'man describing the beauty of his woman' situation in Tamil movies, this one stands out not just because of Raja, but also because of its lyrical beauty which just impeccably sits on top of the tune. When Malaysia Vasudevan at his breezy best delivers the line ' Ilampalingu nagam serthadhe, nilavu adhil mugam parthadhe', I can only pity those who don't speak the language for the tune assumes a greater depth with those fantastic exaggeration's. Though it starts and ends with western touches, the middle course is royally set in Raja's Tamil-esque way with a soothing tabla and short breaths of flute accompanying the charanam. This song embodies the collection when people with misty eyes say 'in the 80's...'.

Ilayaraja's Melodies - Part I

3 Responses to “Ilayaraja's Melodies - II”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Yes, a great song...and very nostalgic of the eighties...the standard combo of Ilayaraja and Gangai Amaran...not to forget "Siluku"...


  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    tuff - interesting to read your comments on raja songs.

    for the most part, i never pay attention to the lyrics. i only listen to the music - and thats what touches me. of course, if there is a perfect marriage of words and tune it will be a delight to listen to.

    being able to selectively absorb the good music and filter out the lyrics (that doesnt appeal to me) opens up a broader selection of songs.

    good music has to appeal anybody - regardless of language, time, place barriers; and many raja songs do just that.


  3. # Blogger Prasad Venkataramana

    Varaha - You call the brothers 'standard combo'? I don't get it.

    Srikanth - Nee follow panriyada? Erumappaiya. Of course nobody understands my musical ignorance better than you. Edhavadhu thappu panna sollu pulla.  

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