Tribute to lyricist-writer Vairamuthu on his 65th b'day

By P T Usha Published on Jul 13, 2018 01:16 PM IST

Vaan Varuvaan

Chennai: Ever wondered how a man's lyrics are so beautiful that you get goosebumps every time you hear it?

That is what lyricist-writer Vairamuthu's works do as we recall his works on his 65th birthday today.

If Vairamuthu is penning a song for a movie, then one can be sure the album itself will be a massive hit.

There is nothing called 'Vairamuthu Era' since he still continues to give his best to cinema. Especially, the combination of director Manirathnam, music director A R Rahman and Vairamuthu has given some scintillating numbers.

As a tribute to the legendary poet, News Today picks some of his evergreen songs.

(Disclaimer: The list is suggestive and not exhaustive):

Kannathil Muthamittal


This one album will never fade out of our memory as all the songs have lyrical power. To boost the lyrics, A R Rahman added subtle music. Right from showing a father's love for his daughter through the song, 'Oru Dheivam Thandha Poove' to delivering the inner pain of millions of Sri Lankan Tamils who had to leave their country during the time of emergency through the song 'Vidai Kodu Engal Naade' he has won everyone's hearts. No words could be stronger than 'Verum koodugal mattum oorvalam pogindrom' and 'Kuzhandhai sirikattum thaayin kadhakadhapil,' from 'Vellai Pookal'. Not only refugees but anyone who hears this song will be tear-eyed.



This movie's album could have been challenging for the writer since each song involved praising a Panchabootham (five element) - fire, sky, wind, water and land. Among them, the king of metaphor rocked with his lyrics in the song, 'Nadhiye Nadhiye.' Vairamuthu has compared women to rivers and their powers, especially in the line, 'Neer ninaithal pen ninathal karaigal yaavum karaindhu poga koodum.'



The seven-time national award winner is in no way lesser in the romantic genre. Both in 'Bombay' and 'Roja', Vairamuthu scored for his romantic numbers. 'Pudhu Vellai Mazhai' from Roja will definitely find a place in everyone's playlist. 'Kannalane' and 'Uyire, uyire vandhu ennodu kalandhividu' from Bombay? Do we even have to explain it? Besides romantic numbers, another two songs from these movies, 'Tamizha Tamizha' and 'Idhu Annai Boomi' will give us high energy any time we listen to it.



The songs 'Pachai Nirame' and 'Evano Oruvan' from Alaipayuthey were written in a beautiful way. Especially, the line 'Innisai mattum illaiyendral naan endro endro irandhiruppen' brings out the exact feeling of a woman who misses her lover. It cannot be replaced ever.

Rural touch

The golden period of Tamil cinema when rural touch was featured beautifully by directors like Bharathiraja, Vairamuthu's lyrics played a major role. In movies like 'Mudhal Mariyadhai',' Karuthamma', 'Kizhakku Cheemaiyile', 'Thenmerku Paruvakaatru', 'Seevalaperi Pandi' his songs contributed immensely to their popularity.

In 'Mudhal Mariyadhai', he uses the common vettiver to show the love between a senior citizen and a young girl. National award-winning 'Porale Ponnuthaayi' from 'Karuthamma' is always a masterpiece of Vairamuthu.

In 'Kizhakku chevakaiyile' a desperately broken hero sings, 'Yen vidhiya ezhudhaiyile andha saamyum urangiyadhe' and a beautiful reply to this is 'Ayya kalangaadhe sooriyan udaiyaadhe' - which shows how much of confidence the heroine has in the man.

Mudhal Mariyadhai

Some more top-of-mind recall

It would be apt to say that Vairamuthu still rules, with his big hits in 'Kaatru Veliyidai', 'Oh Kadhal Kanmani', 'Raavanan'.

The song 'Vaan varuvaan' from 'Kaatru Veliyidai' fetched a national award for the singer and music composer Rahman.