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26th February 2005, 10:51 AM
Topic started by P.Raghavan (@ on Tue Apr 4 08:58:45 EDT 2000.
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26th February 2005, 10:51 AM
I too heard that she was extremely talented and posed a serious threat to MS and MLV, but unfortunately died at a very early age. I don't know about the suicide issue though.
Her 'En PaLLi KoNdeeraiyaa Sri Ranganatha' is a gem and it used to be a regular number on Ceylon Radio.
"TFM Stories and Titbits" may have more info. Did you check this thread, Raghavan?


26th February 2005, 10:51 AM
hi raghavan

what is this NSK gang thing?? all about??

26th February 2005, 10:51 AM

26th February 2005, 10:51 AM
HMV has released a NCV cd recently. Yet to hear it.
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4th October 2006, 08:03 AM
N.C. Vasanthakokilam died at an early age around 1950. At that time we lived in Nagappattinam where she grew up. The talk of the town was that she could have overshadowed MS had she lived long enough. Who knows?

She popularised many of Sudhdhaanandha Bharathi's songs as DKP popularised Subramanya Bharathiyar's songs, in the late 40s.

Vasanthakokilam acted in about half a dozen movies:

Chandra Gupta Chaanakyaa
Krishna vijayam

Unfortunately not much of her songs are available in CDs or audio cassettes. Even those available seem to mix both cinema songs and carnatic compositions that were concert pieces.

I will post all songs that I know of to perpetuate her memory.

Some of her songs that became very popular are:

yen paLLi koNdeer ayyaa
thanthai thaai irundhaal umakkindha
nitiraiyil vandhu nenjil idam

Please post whatever you can recall! :)

4th October 2006, 10:47 PM
I can recall these songs...

mahalakshmi jaganmatha ...
aanandha nadanam aadinAL..
pozhudhu pularnthadhu yAm seidha thavathAl
kuzhalOsai kEtkudhammA gOplakrishnan..

mmm... I heard that she came and sang in navarathiri kolu at my grandma's house..

5th October 2006, 09:10 AM
Big list is here:


'nee dhayaradha' is my favorite (apart from 'yen paLLi' & 'thanthai thaai'). Just compare it with KJY version in sindhu bairavi.

5th October 2006, 11:03 AM
Song 1.

Movie: veNugaanam
Music: Govindarajulu Naidu
Lyrics: Gopalakrishna Bharathi and Kambadhasan
Cast: NCV,V.V.Sadagopan

eppo varuvaaro eppo varuvaaro
eppo varuvaaro endhan kali theera
eppo varuvaaro endhan kali theera
eppo varuvaaro

seppiya dhwaaragai sri paranthaaman eppo varuvaaro
seppiya dhwaaragai sri paranthaaman eppo varuvaaro

naRparuvam vandhu
naRparuvam vandhu naathanai thedum
naRparuvam vandhu naathanai thedum
poRkodi en thuyar pokki vaNangida eppo varuvaaro
poRkodi en thuyar pokki vaNangida eppo varuvaaro

( The original composition by Gopalakrishna Bharathi was modified in two lines to suit the movie. The line that mentions the thevaram trinity and maanikkavasagar is also deleted. It is sung in Jonpuri. But, the compilation of Gopalakrishna Bharathi's compositions specifies Kamas.)

5th October 2006, 11:09 AM
madhu and RR,
I meant lyrics for the songs,not a list of songs! :)

13th May 2008, 05:06 AM
lyrics podalAmA ?

10th June 2008, 07:25 PM
hi friends,

enadhu naNbar KaNNan avarkal Gangaavatharam padathil idampetrulla
aanandha aanandham....
endra paadalai koduthullaar
atharkkaana link idho;-


endrum anbudan

12th June 2008, 07:30 PM

innoru Vasantha kokilam avarkalin paadal- haridas padathil idampetrulladhu

Link udhavi-Mathivathanan avarkal


endrum anbudan

28th November 2008, 02:19 PM
[tscii:2ab7e0066f] Flight of a nightingale


N.C. Vasanthakokilam’s music offered plenty to attract audiences. The voice was high-pitched and clear and she had a large repertoire of Tamil songs.

Courtesy: Sruti magazine

DULCET VOICED: N. C. Vasanthakokilam

The Hindu dated November 8, 1951, carries a small news item. Captioned “Death of Srimathi N.C. Vasanthakokilam” it states: “The death occurred of Srimathi N.C. Vasanthakokilam, the well-known South Indian musician, last evening at her residence in Gopalapuram. She was ailing for the past two weeks and was in a private nursing home till November 6. She was 32.”

The star had been suffering from tuberculosis and it was only a matter of time before death came a calling. On November 21, there was an even smaller news item. It stated that “at a meeting of the Indian Fine Arts Society held on November 10 under the presidentship of Mr. K.S. Ramaswami Sastri, a condolence resolution touching the death of Srimathi N.C. Vasanthakokilam was passed.” And with that, N.C. Vasanthakokilam was history. It was a very quiet farewell to a person who for some time was considered to be a leading Carnatic musician.

Named Kamakshi at birth, she was from Irinjalakkuda in present day Kerala. Her career however began in Nagapattinam where the family had relocated. Her father Chandrashekhara Iyer had placed her under the tutelage of ‘Jalar’ Gopala Iyer, an accompanist in Harikatha performances. In 1936, the family moved to Madras, when based on the encouragement given by film director K. Subrahmanyam, it was believed that young Kamakshi stood a good chance in films. Her name was changed to N.C. Vasanthakokilam (the nightingale in spring). ‘N’ was for Nagapattinam and ‘C’ of course was her father’s initial.

The film career of Vasanthakokilam’s is well documented and so this article looks at her Carnatic music performances. It was a time when Brahmin and other upper-caste women were just realising that a career awaited them on stage. C. Saraswathi Bai had shown the way as early as in 1908 and following her came Vai Mu Kothainayaki Ammal and D.K. Pattammal. It was a strange new world where men still played an important role in career management. The guru, the father or the husband had to be manager and chaperon. Vasanthakokilam came on sans any of these appurtenances. Her marriage had been a failure. In later years, she found a life-partner in a lawyer turned film-maker, CK Sathasivan, who was popularly known as Satchi. It was a tempestuous relationship that endured till her death.
Musician in demand

Almost the first big singing opportunity was at the Music Academy’s annual conference of 1938, presided over by Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar and declared open by the Yuvaraja of Mysore. The first prize in vocal music went to Vasanthakokilam. From then on, she became a musician in demand. While the Academy was her launch-pad, it was the Indian Fine Arts Society, with its long tradition of supporting women artistes, that gave her many concert opportunities. Yet another Sabha that featured her often was the Nellai Sangeetha Sabha in Tirunelveli.

Apart from the glamour of the silver screen that she brought with her, Vasanthakokilam’s music offered plenty to attract audiences. The voice was high-pitched and clear and was easily able to bring off brigas. She had a large repertoire and sang plenty of Tamil songs. She made several of Shuddhananda Bharatiyar’s songs famous. The Tamil Isai movement, gaining ground in the 1940s found in her a ready supporter. She was a regular at the festivals of the Tamil Isai Sangam. The Tyagaraja Aradhana also saw her perform each year between 1942 and 1951.

Perhaps remembering her own sacrifices in making it big, Vasanthakokilam was particularly encouraging of young women artists. She was so impressed with a girl whom she heard in the temple at Sholingur that she offered to teach her music. This disciple, Andal, would later make it big for a short while in playback singing. When PR Thilagam, a Tiruvarur-based artist sang, Vasanthakokilam gifted her a tambura.
Comparisons with MS

Her rise to the top coincided with that of another star – M.S. Subbulakshmi. Comparisons are odious but were perhaps inevitable in this case. Both had high voices. Both were recording successes and were given prominence in the advertisements for gramophone records. Both had men named Sadasivam in their lives though it must be admitted that Vasanthakokilam’s Satchi was no match to T. Sadasivam when it came to career management. Both acted in films and both had played the role of Naradar. If M.S. Subbulakshmi was felicitated in Kumbhakonam and given the title of Isai Vani, Vasanthakokilam also was at the same town and given the title Madhuragita Vani! Even today, there are many who swear that the stakes between the two were evenly poised, though by 1951, M.S. Subbulakshmi had gone far ahead in terms of public image and adulation.

But then, 32 is hardly an age to die and who knows, if only Vasanthakokilam had lived… [/tscii:2ab7e0066f]

29th November 2008, 10:37 AM