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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock star_KB View Post
    i think u r rong.. Vairamuthu is next to kannadasan in present day..
    போட்டோ படத்துல கூட கண்ணதாசன் கிட்ட வைரமுத்து நிக்கலை -ன்னு யாரும் சொல்லப்போறாங்க!!!

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    Astro Vellithirai celebrates Kannadhasan's anniversary tomorrow:

    Maalaiyitta Mangai
    Sivagangai Seemai
    Kavalai Illadha Manidhan


    Saravanan writes in TFM Page in 2004:

    ‘thendral vandhu veesaadhO’ from Sivagangai Seemai. Sung by S.Varalakshmi & T.S. Bagavathi. Lyrics by Kannadasan. Music by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthi.

    Kannadasan Productions’ Sivagangai Seemai- 1959 was Kannadasan’s labour of love, He wrote the script & lyrics; and produced the film. It was his second venture in the wake of the success of Maalaiyitta Mangai the previous year. Sivagangai Seemai was directed by K.Shankar, and had a talented star cast led by T.K.Bagavathi, SSR, P.S.Veerappa, S.Varalakshmi, Kumari Kamala, M.N.Rajam and others.

    Much has been discussed in these pages about Sivagangai Seemai- that Kannadasan embarked on this project as a challenge to Sivaji’s Veerapandiya Kattabomman which was also being made at the same time, and this flamed further the simmering animosity between Kannadasan and Sivaji. Unfortunately for Kannadasan, Sivagangai Seemai was consigned back to the cans within no time of its release while the successful Veerapandiya Kattabomman was acclaimed as a magnum opus. Kannadasan ended up with a huge financial loss.

    Sivagangai Seemai might have been a failure, but it was surely a failure that made history. For it remains among the best historical films made in Tamil. Kannadasan's native soil was the canvas, and he was familiar with its history and geography. He had a keen sense of the period, and his passion ensured that Sivagangai Seemai was much more than a commonplace costume drama. The film is immortal for another irrefutable factor- its wonderful songs.

    Kannadasan had not written mere situational lyrics here, the lines pulsate with poetic magnificence. Each song ought to be savored conscientiously, for the sheer poetry bedecked in V-R’s imaginative tunes, feelingly rendered by a galaxy of talented singers, fetches this album a place of pride in the annals of tfm.

    The film had 16 songs in all:

    Saanthu pottu thalalanga - P.Leela, Jamunarani & chorus
    Veerargal vaazhum Dravidar naattai vendravar kidaiyaadhu -TMS
    Muthu pugazh padaithu - S. Varalakshmi & (Radha)Jayalakshmi
    Kottu melam kottungadi kummi kotti paadungadi- Jikki & chorus
    Chinna china chittu Sivagangaiyai vittu- Jamunarani & chorus
    Vaigai perugivara- C.S.Jayaraman & P.Leela
    Maruvirukkum (traditional verse) - V.N.Sundaram
    Aalikkum kaigal (one verse) -V.N.Sundaram
    Kannankaruthaa Kili kattazhagan thotta kili - P. Leela & chorus
    Kanavu kandaen (happy) - TMS & T.S.Bagavathi
    Thanimai naerndhadho - S.Varalakshmi
    Thendral vandhu veesaadho - S. Varalakshmi & T.S.Bagavathi
    Megam kuvindhadhamma - PS
    Sivagangai cheemai -TMS, Seergazhi Govindarajan, A.P.Komala & chorus
    Vidiyum vidiyum endrirundhoam - T.S.Bagavathi
    Kanavu kandaen (pathos)- T.S.Bagavathi

    * * * *

    Circa the last years of the eighteenth century---

    The (East India) Company is gradually establishing its complete control of the land using its crafty ‘divide and rule’ policy to subjugate the local chieftains and rulers.

    Kattabomman had just been vanquished and hung from a roadside tamarind tree.

    Oomaithurai, Kattabomman's brother escapes from the Company's penitentiary and seeks refuge with the Marudu brothers (elder played by T.K.Bagavathi, and the younger played by Mustafa)

    The Marudu brothers were Poligars (or PaalaiyakaarargaL/ Feudal Chiefs) who were ruling what was known as Sivagangai Seemai..(consisting of Thekkoor, Okkoor, Siruvayal, Poongudi, Tirupattoor, Narikkudi, Tirumayam, Mukkulam, Naalukottai and Nattarasankottai).

    The Company gets a hint of Oomaithurai’s whereabouts and Major Welsh (played by Wahab Kashmiri) comes to arrest Oomaithurai.The Marudu brothers realize the strength of the company's army and ammunition...and do not want an open confrontation. They plead for Oomaithurai's life.

    But Major Welsh does not set much store by dignity or respect; and in the very presence of the Marudu brothers make bold to arrest Oomaithurai.This brings matters to a boiling point-- in the film, S.S.R, called Muthazhagu, the fiery army chief of the brothers, has been purveying inflammatory remarks all the while -- in time the younger Marudhu is also provoked into challenging the Company's men--

    Welsh and co. beat a hasty retreat, but make no secret of the action against the Marudhu brothers that is sure to follow. The senior Marudhu in fact chastises the younger for precipitating the state into war.

    It is at this juncture, when the rumble of the white man’s guns seem imminent, when turbulent clouds of war loom threateningly...and the feudal land and its traditions seem on the verge of being annexed by the almighty Union Jack...that the Marudhu brothers’ wives sing this heartrending lullaby to their babes.. the infants who are blissfully unaware of the historical forces that are crisscrossing their destinies. This lullaby is sung in the shadow of the clash between sword and gun...You know which is set to win...

    The lullaby, sung by S.Varalakshmi and T.S.Bhagavathi, was picturised on S.Varalakshmi and Tambaram Lalitha (if I remember right)--they are the wives of the Marudu brothers.

    * * * *

    We’ll keep for another day dwelling at length on Varalakshmi (she was the enchanting common factor to both Veerapandiya Kattabomman and Sivagangai Seemai) and Bagavathi (a favorite singer of Kannadasan, he had her sing ‘Annaiyin naattai pagaivargal soozhndaar’ in Maalaiyitta Mangai and ‘Kannodu vin pesum jaadai’ in Kavalai Illadha Manithan). in fact both these gifted singers find laudatory references in Kannadasan’s Sandhithen Sindhithen.

    Kannadasan lives on in songs such as these. Though a fire-spewing Dravidian orator at that time, his essential humanity and aversion to blood and gore came through in this lullaby and he expressed it in sublime pathos!

    Many of us would have been struck with gloom at each reading of the lines ’Rose a nurse of ninety years, set his child upon her knee - Like summer tempest came her tears-‘Sweet my child, I live for thee.’ (Alfred, Lord Tennyson/ Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead); admiration tinged with sorrow would have overcome us when we read ‘“You ’re wounded!” “Nay,” the soldier’s pride touch’d to the quick, he said: “I ’m kill’d, Sire!” And his chief beside, smiling the boy fell dead’ (Robert Browning/ Incident Of The French Camp); we would have been plagued with despair at ‘Two noble sons fell by their guns, their names in glory shine; And a mother weeps on the River Thames, and a mother weeps on the Rhine’ (Eric Bogle / The Thames And The Rhine); but ‘thendral vandhu veesaadhO’ is in a league of its own--each line is redolent with poignant lyrical beauty, and moves the listener to moist eyes, and to sigh at the futility of war and the wanton devastation that it brings in its wake--

    The two women wonder wistfully whether tranquil times will visit their abode ever again--they sing musingly of the rich culture, glorious traditions and ancient history of their land and speculate if all this would be snatched away by the war, and express helplessness over the deprivations that their children may have to endure. The highpoint is of course, Varalakshmi’s emotional cascade, proclaiming with pride the courage of their warriors who are to take leave of their womenfolk and children and march on to the warfront, at the same time she tremulously expresses apprehension about their fate, whether their valiant men would return from the battlefront, or perish fighting for their land--
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    கவியரசரின் கடைசிப் பாடலை இசையமைத்த இசைஞானி இளையராஜா கூறுவதைக் கேளுங்கள்



    இந்தப் பாடலின் ஒரிஜினல் வீடியோ



    கேட்கும் போதே நெஞ்சை உருக்கும் குரலில் என்ன அருமையான பாடல் .... ஜென்சியின் குரல் உயிரில் அல்லவா ஊடுருவுகிறது.
    விமர்சனங்களுக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட இறைவன் நடிகர் திலகம்.. கடலின் ஆழத்தை அளந்து விடலாம். நடிகர் திலகத்தின் செல்வாக்கை அளக்க முடியாது... அது பயனளிக்கும் போது தான் அதன் ஆழம் புரியும்....

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    Never argue with a fool or he will drag you down to his level and beat you at it through sheer experience!

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    Hi Everybody, is this thread still active? I hope to share some additional stories of Kaviarasar which I was privy to when I was in Chennai just recently.
    Mahendra Raj

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    He would have been 86 today!
    thamizh mannin pokkisham 54 vayadhilE maraindhadhu.... neer vanangum kannanukku appadi ennathaan avasaramO
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    Malaysia's Astro Vellithirai celebrates the great Kavignar by featuring these films today:

    Malai Itta Mangai, Sivagangai Seemai, Kavalai Illatha Manithan and Vanampadi
    Never argue with a fool or he will drag you down to his level and beat you at it through sheer experience!

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    கண்ணதாசன் நல்ல வசனகர்த்தா கூட. ஆனால் காலம் அவரை பாரதியாரின் தொடர்ச்சியாக்கி விட்டது.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOV View Post
    Malaysia's Astro Vellithirai celebrates the great Kavignar by featuring these films today:

    Malai Itta Mangai, Sivagangai Seemai, Kavalai Illatha Manithan and Vanampadi
    what time sir..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganse View Post
    what time sir..?
    oh, neenga malaysiaraa?

    10.30am - Vaanampadi
    2:30 pm - Kavalai Illatha Manithan
    6:00 pm - Sivaganggai Seemai
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