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    KV, just noticed your request. Not heard the song much KV. Not paid much attention to it. Going by the pallavi, not much of a lyric it seems to be. Suresh/Raagas maybe?

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    Thats a nice post Plum, about Suvvi Suvvi! I think it was Veturi only!

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    Song: Ghallu Ghallu
    Film: Swarna Kamalam
    Lyrics: Sirivennela Seetharama Sasthry
    Music: Ilaiyaraaja
    Direction: K.Vishwanath
    Other key personalities associated: Jandhyala, the genius, wrote the dialogues.

    This song, "Ghallu Ghallu" is another song in the film that has a very argumentative structure (not to be confused with conversational structure).

    Premise: The heroine doesnt like classical dance/music while the hero loves them. The heroine longs for independence, riches and comforts.
    Situation: Hero comes to heroine's father to learn dance and the father starts with a demo class, asking the hero to dance according to taalam. But the heroine pulls of a prank but not giving the hero his dance-anklets and instead she replicates those sounds herself with the anklets in her hands and purposefully makes mistakes. The hero, finally holds her hands and does the sound according to the taalam. Thats where the director cuts the scene into a dream song - where the hero and heroine argue with each other about the merits of dance and demerits of materialistic desires.

    Now, i cannot translate all the lines, because some of the words are too steep in literature and beyond my grasp. But i will try.

    Ghallu Ghallu Ghallu Mantu Merupalle Thullu
    Jhallu Jhallu Jhalluna Vuppongu Ningi Vollu
    Nalla Mabbu Challanee Challani Chiru Jallu
    Nalla Mabbu Challanee Challani Chiru Jallu
    Pallavinchani Nelaku Pachhani Paravallu

    Ghallu - in telugu, is the phonetic word for the sound of dance-anklets. and Jhallu is the phonetic word associated with the sound of water.
    The first 1 lines mean: with those anklet sounds, shine like a lightning... so that the (body of) sky shall be full...
    2nd two lines: Notice the two words "Challanee" and "challani". even in telugu, the spelling is same. But the meaning gets differentiated according to context and usage. "challanee" means "let it sprinkle" and "challani" means "cold". The poet used both words very intelligently. the sentences mean, "let the black clouds sprinkle, cold sweet showers". The last line is difficult to translate though i know its meaning. it roughly translates as "let the earth be adorned/ornamented with green"..

    Now the heroine counters it.

    Ghallu Ghallu Ghallu Mantu Merupalle Thullu
    Jhallu Jhallu Jhalluna Vuppongu Ningi Vollu
    Velluvochhi Saaganee Tholakari Allarlu
    Yella Lannave Yerugani Veegam Tho Vellu

    The last 2 lines mean: "Let the just-born mischiefs go on for a while... Go with a speed/energy such that there are no boundaries for you..." (absolutely pathetic translation, but thats what i could get).

    Ghallu Ghallu Ghallu Mantu Merupalle Thullu
    Jhallu Jhallu Jhalluna Vuppongu Ningi Vollu

    Hero:
    Layake Nilayamai Neepaadham Saagaali
    A Ha Ha Ha
    Malayaanila Gathilo Suma Baalaga Thoogaali
    Ha Ha Ha

    1st line: Your feet must dance, by becoming the 'nilayam' (centre) for Laya
    2nd line: Sorry, I cant translate!

    Heroine:
    Valalo Vodugunaa Viharinche Chirugaali
    Selayetiki Natanam Nerpinche Guruvedi

    1st line: The breeze that wanders, will it ever be caught in any net?
    2nd line: Is there any teacher who can teach the selayeru (stream from mountains) to dance?
    Nice rhymes in "viharinche chirugaali" and "nerpinche guruvedi"

    Hero:
    Thirige Kaalaaniki... Aaaa Aaaaa
    Thirige Kaalaaniki Theerokatundhi

    Meaning: (even) The cycle of time follows a pattern...

    Heroine:
    Adhi Nee Paathaaniki Dhorakanu Andhi

    Meaning: still, that pattern of time cannot be tamed by your lessons (rules)

    Hero:
    Nataraaja Swaami Jataa Jooti Loki Cherakunte
    Viruchukupadu Suragangaku Viluvemundhi Viluvemundhii

    Meaning: The Ganga that keeps raging ahead always, will it not lose its value, if it eventually doesnt find its culmination in the Jataa jooti of Nataraja. (a nice way of saying that art is also a way to moksha..)

    Ghallu Ghallu Ghallu Mantu Merupalle Thullu
    Jhallu Jhallu Jhalluna Vuppongu Ningi Vollu

    Now heroine asks him:
    Dhooke Alalakuu Ye Thaalam Vesthaaru
    Aahaha

    Meaning: For The waves of sea that rise and jump, which taalam can be suitable?

    Kammani Kalala Paata Ye Raagam Antaaru
    Mmmhuhuhu

    Meaning: The sweet songs of dreams are set in which raagam?


    Hero counters:
    Alalaku Andhunaa Aasinchina Aakaasam
    No matter how much they jump, will the waves ever reach the sky they seek to touch?
    Kalalaa Karagadamaa Jeevithaana Paramaardham
    And is the paramaardham (core meaning) of life all about dissolving just like a dream?

    Heroine:
    Vaddhani Aapaleru Aaaa Aaaa
    Vaddani Aapaleru urike oohani
    Nobody can stop the imagination that seeks to fly...

    Hero:
    Haddhulu Dhaataraadu Aasala Vaahini
    The flight of desires must never cross their limits... (The poet gets the right weight of words - Vaddani in 1st line and haddulu in 2nd... and he still maintains a fine rhyme with ending words - oohani and vaahini)

    Heroine:
    Adhuperugani Aatalaadu Vasanthaalu Valadhante
    Viri Vanamula Parimalamula Viluvemundhi Viluvemundhii

    Meaning: If the fragrances from the beautiful gardens banish the spring that plays/teases them beyond any limitations, will those fragrances ever have any significance? (too intellectualish thought).

    Ghallu Ghallu Ghallu Mantu Merupalle Thullu
    Jhallu Jhallu Jhalluna Vuppongu Ningi Vollu
    Nalla Mabbu Challanee Challani Chiru Jallu
    Velluvochhi Saaganee Tholakari Allarlu
    Pallavinchani Nelaku Pachhani Paravallu
    Ghallu Ghallu Ghallu Mantu Merupalle Thullu
    Jhallu Jhallu Jhalluna Vuppongu Ningi Vollu

    This is the most immature attempt at translating this beauty. But the fact is, Seetharama sasthry wrote it brilliantly. When K.Vishwanath is at the helm of affairs, the lyrical/dialogue richness is always topnotch! Ilaiyaraaja composed it in Suddha Dhanyasi. I dont know if lyrics came first or music, but if music came first, then seetha Rama sasthry did a stupendous job - something that none of the contemporary lyricists can ever pull off. Brilliant composition. And justifiably brilliant lyrics!

    Pardon the mistakes in my silly translation. Just wanted to give a whiff of what was the song meant like!
    Last edited by aakarsh; 9th January 2012 at 06:46 PM.

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    aakash,
    Now only saw the thread. Beautiful write up.. thanks for the Translation..........

    Pl continue ur service.. Shall i request u for some telugu songs of Raja?
    Usha Sankar

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    If u give the chance.. Vamsy and Raja combo songs are waiting for ur translation and for ur write up aakash.
    Usha Sankar

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    Kamal,

    This is indeed a very tough song to translate. If you don't mind, I will try my hand at it.

    Since this is a duet I will use the standard he/she. The detailed explanations have already been given by Kamal. So I will just do the translation.

    He:
    With your anklets sounding
    like the thunder
    skip along
    so that the sky
    overflows
    and
    let dark clouds
    drizzle
    cool showers
    and
    let the earth
    be covered
    by green

    She:

    With your anklets sounding
    like the thunder
    skip along
    so that the sky
    overflows
    Continuing your mischief
    for a while
    Speed along
    oblivious of
    any boundaries

    He:

    You feet should
    move
    as if they are
    the abode
    of rhythm
    They should
    sway
    like a tender flower
    when the cool
    breeze blows

    She:

    Will the breeze
    that spreads
    even get caught
    in a net?
    And who,
    pray who,
    can teach
    to the mountain stream
    to dance?

    He:
    Even the unstoppable
    Time has its
    own rhythm

    She:
    But that
    refuses
    to come
    in your grasp

    He:
    If the wildly
    flowing
    Divine Ganga
    did not merge
    with the matted locks
    of Nataraja,
    would she
    have any value?

    (Return to pallavi)

    Second Charanam:

    She:
    For these dancing waves
    what beat would you set
    For those sweet songs
    of dreams
    what scale would you set

    He:
    Can the waves ever
    grasp
    the sky they desire?
    Dissolving
    like a dream-
    Is this the meaning
    of life?

    She:
    No one can stop
    the galloping
    imagination

    He:
    The flight of desires
    shouldn't cross
    certain boundaries

    She:
    If the flowers
    keep away
    the playful and sprightly
    breeze
    who can ever know
    the value
    of their
    fragrance?

    (Back to Pallavi)
    Last edited by Sureshs65; 9th January 2012 at 09:14 PM.

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    Ofcourse my free verse translation demolishes the wonderful rhythm and rhyme that SeetaramaSastry generates. But then it would be impossible (for me) to get both the rhythm/rhyme and also the meaning into English

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    Usha,

    Thanks! I will try to translate some - but i must admit that there are not many Telugu songs of Ilaiyaraaja that have good lyrics.


    Suresh,
    Fantastic Suresh! your translation is way better than mine you got some of the words very close! you are right - seetarama sastry did excellent work! He is the last tall man standing today, IMO!

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    Aakarsh, Suresh, superb posts . Plum, where art thou? Pliss complete the holy trinity!
    Though I've been aware of this movie for quite sometime now, I somehow never listened to its songs before . Just completed the album, wow, what a beauty! The Dharmavathi piece Andela Ravamidhi is beautifully done, but the prejudiced soul in me craves for Janaki (Vani is adequate).
    Siva Poojaku, again, lovely song. What raga is this? Valaji?
    Natarajane has an elaborate jathi section. The voice sounds a lot like TVG to me. Is it him?

    For some reason beyond explanation, the album gives me a sense of tranquility, very soothing and relaxing.
    Last edited by KV; 10th January 2012 at 02:04 PM.

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    Was this movie dubbed/remade in Thamizh? Or were any of these songs reused in Thamizh? I can't seem to recognize any.

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