Manisegaran on Bharathiyaar
Sabash Kanchana for topic!
Can we exhaust the songs of Bharathi before going to songs by others? Talking about Barathi's songs we have to pay our tribute, MUTHAL MARIYATHAI to AVM Chettiyar who enabled the nationalisation of the rights of Barathiar's songs. The original rights were held by a gramaphone record company called Surajmal & Sons which purchased the rights for Rs 600. AVM bought the rights from them for Rs 10,000 and used the songs in Naam Iruvar, Vethala Ulagam, Ore Iravu, Vazhkai etc. On a request he gave away the rights free to the government.
The success of the songs lie not merely in the entertainment they generate but the impact it creates in society. There was a querry as to what extent the songs of Barathiyar had brought about realization in the hearts and minds of the Tamil society. To a small extent it has worked. But to a large extent it has fallen into the deaf ears. How about these?
1.Vaaichollil Mattum Veerarkal (From Kappalottiya Thamizhan)
Nermai Thiramum INdri
ULnaattu Selai Endrum
Thunbathil Saathal Kandum
(Has the situation changed now?)
2. ANJAMAI DRAVIDAR URIMAIYADA(Parasakthy)
Nilai Ketta Manitharai Ninainthuvittaal
Anjatha Porulillai Avaniyiley
Marathilenbaar, Antha Kulathilenbaar
Thuyarppaduvar, Enni Payappaduvaar
Kaaranangal Ivai Enrum Arivumillaar
Parithavithey Uyir Thuduithudithu
Thuyarkalai Theerkkavor Vazhiyumillaiyey!
3. A great poet of later days was very much distressed, disheartened and disturbed by the then prevailing situation in Tamilnaadu. He said that had Barathiyaar been alive at that material point of time he would have reworded his poem as follows:
Senthamizh Naadennum Pothiniley
Oru theL vanthu kottuthu kaathiniley
Engal Manthirimaar Enra Pechiniley
Kadal Mannum Parakkuthu Beachiniley
(The poet's lamentation was that politicians had changed the course of Barathi' dream for Baratha Desam)
4. Again some narrow minded politicians again politicised the song scene in Kai Kodutha Deivam.
In that film Shivaji Ganesan is portrayed as Bharathi in a dream scene. The song is Sinthu Nathiyin Misai Nilaviniley. In this song there is a line which goes:
Singala Theevinukkore Paalam Amaippom
Sethuvai Meduruthi Veethi Samaippom
Vangathil Odi Varum Neerin Migaiyaal
Maiyathu Naadugalil Payir Seiguvom.
In this scene a model of India connecting Sri Lanka by a bridge is shown. This was twisted by some politicians as a deliberate attempt to instill in the minds of the Indians the desire to conquer Sri Lanka. The film caused a lot of agitaion in Sri Lanka. But poor Bharathi had the greater interest of the entire Tamil race as a whole.
Nalla Kaakitham Seivom
Oyuthal Seiyom Thalai Saayuthal Seiyom
UNmaikal Solvom Pala Vanmaikal Seiyom
From the dailies we learn that Aayutham Seithal is rampant, Thalai Saayuthal at the feet is also common but what is the status of industrialisation, and educational institutions?
6. Jathikal Illayadi Paappa
Has the cancerous disease of caste discrimination been reduced to a large extent? But the emphasis had not been strong enough, according to a talk given by a politician cum literary figure. According to him, Barathi should have said:
Jaathikal Illai Uthai Paappa
Jaathikal Illai aRai Paappa
Jaathikal Illai kuthu Paappa
In my humble opinion Barathi's dream has materialised in certain aspects. One is the emancipation of women modelled after "Matherthammai Adimai Seiyum Madamaiyai Kozhuthuvom" The other is of course "Themathura Thamizh Osai Paarengum Paravum Vagai Cheivom"
The London based BBC and of late the TFMDF is already fulfilling the dream of the greatest of the Pulavan in recent times.