This is a music oriented post 🙂 But, [a nice term I picked up at OG’s space :P] Mallu-centric :P!
This is Part II- a few Malayalam Favourites 🙂 There will be many who may not follow the language, but then they say, don’t they, that the language of Music is Universal?
For those who do listen to Malayalam songs, I do hope you will find favourites here as well… 🙂 As said earlier, this is only a list of a few that came to my mind, and I know that I shall find more to add. However, Nimmy has very clearly said, on 10!
1. Manushyan Mathangale Srishtichu, by Yesudas
This has to be one of the simplest, most profound, and most telling songs on the times we now pass through. This evergreen, priceless song, as treasured for its music as for its lyrics, and not to mention the gorgeous voice of Yesudas, speaks of how man created religions which then created Gods, and together, the three entities divided the land and hearts of men! The famous trinity of Devarajan Master [music composer], Vayalar [lyricist] and singer, Yesudas have come together to create this historical song, so filled with a worldly and universal wisdom. This has to be all time Song No. 1!!! 🙂
2. Kannadi Koodum, from the film, Pranayavarnangal [starring Manju Warrier, Divya Unni, Suresh Gopi], a sweet romantic film, with some great songs.
The ever so slight, graceful and beautifully rhythmic bobbing of the head, Manju’s, is believed to have been her own addition to the choreography, because the music, the rhythm , the beat of the song simply made her do that while dancing. It is one of the most entrancing performances, and that too impromptu, that I have seen 🙂 KS Chitra’s voice is superb as always, but this one song it becomes so very charming too!
3. Ethrayo Janmammayi, from the film, “Summer in Bethlehelm”
This video does not show the song itself, but clippings from the film, which was a superhit, several years ago 🙂 The humming by Sujatha, and her singing, along with Yesudas is simply melodious. And the lyrics are a romantic’s dream 🙂 🙂 [Translated to mean: I have been looking for you in so many lifetimes… I have so much of love -ishtam- for you… :P!]
4. Enthu paranjaalum nee endethalle vaave 🙂 from “Achuvinte Amma”. Meera Jasmine and Urvashi come together is this lovely family story 🙂
Simply translated the song is a sort of lullaby, a gentle rumination of lovely memories of a mother about her daughter, who is upset with her, and has left home… 🙂 She sings, “No matter what you say, you will always be my baby 🙂 ”
5. Yesudas’s “Arayanname” from Vasanthageethangal [Evergreen Songs], which is not from any film, but a collection of non film songs 🙂
This celebrates the Swan, believed to have been the messenger between the lovers Nala and Damayanti, in the story of Nalacharitam 🙂
6. The Bucket Rap… howlarious song put together by the students of CET, Trivandrum [Oye, OG, ariyaathirikillallo :P!]
7. From “Chitram“, a Mohanlal starrer, this beautiful classical song 🙂
8. Sukhamaanee nilaavu, from “Nammal”, sung by Jyotsna, a young lady, who just passed out of our school about 4 years back 🙂 She won the state award for the song 🙂
How lovely is this moonlight and the light breeze, and when you are beside me, the evening becomes magical… 🙂
9. From “Mazhathullikkilukkam” [the tinkling sound of falling rain drops :)], this absolutely gentle melody 🙂 “Therirangum Mukile”
The lyrics again here, are just lovely, as is the mellifluous voice of Jayachandran.
10. The trinity [Vayalar-Devarajan-Yesudas] again, with “Aayiram Paadaswarangal Kilukki” from “Nadhi” an old film, that was a hit 🙂
This has been a landmark film that Prem Nazir acted in 🙂
So that is it, for now, with this tag! Now, Nimmy has asked only for two languages, but this is getting to be so very interesting, that I am going to do part III later, with Hindi songs… Till then au revoir; pinne kaanam [will see you later :)]
Enjoy the music, for it is, as the Bard said, the food of love 🙂
27 May, 2009
Edited to Add:
A few favourites from Ajit, OG 🙂
Nee manimukilaadagal, from Vellithira, starring Prithviraj and Navya Nair 🙂
Ariyaathe ariyaathe, from Ravanaprabhu, starring Mohanlal and Vasundhra Das 🙂
Swayamvara chandrike, from Chronic Bachelor 🙂 Rather funny, this song :P!