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Song of the Day # 413

From: bb (@ on: Tue Mar 30 23:58:36 EST 2004

Song of the Day: maargazhi paarvai paarkkavaa from uyirE unakkaaga.


- Saravanan writes:

‘mArgazhi pArvai pArkkavA’ from uyirE unakkaga. Sung by SPB and S.Janaki. Lyrics by Vairamuthu. Music by Ilayaraja.

And before anyone starts wondering if IR composed one song in a film that had music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, let me hasten to clarify that this film is not the Mohan-Nadiya starrer of the same name (1986/ Motherland Pictures).
Sri Manickam Films’ Uyire Unakkaga is destined to lie hidden in the cans forever. It starred Prabhu & Sulakshana. It was produced by Kallakkudi Manickam and directed by S. Kumar.

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It was in Mid-1983 that we came back to India after 3 longs years of living abroad, and I was grateful to be back where I had easy access to tfm! Within one month of joining my 8th std in Chennai, all schools were shut down for an extended period to express solidarity with the Srilankan Tamils. Having nothing else to do, and no friends yet to pass the time of the day with, I fell back upon my old ally- Radio Ceylon. My day started with Pongum Poompunal and ended with Kanavulagam. I can never forget the songs that were aired regularly during that unexpected vacation, and along with songs like ‘Thennankeetrum thendral kaatrum’, ‘Ninaivile manaivi endru’, ‘Yaaradhu sollamal nenjalli ponadhu’, ‘Pothi vecha malligai mottu’, ‘Siricha kolli malakkuyilu’, ‘O vennilave vaa odivaa’, ‘Thendral ennai muththamittadhu’; ‘Maargazhi paarvai’ found place unfailingly in Pongum Poombunal.

The other enchanting SPB-SJ duet from this film, ‘Poo enbadhaa pon enbadhaa poo maalai neeye Radha’ (lyrics again by Vairamuthu) was another favourite among Radio Ceylon listeners. Besides these, Uyire Unakkaga had two more songs: ‘Annakkili ammanukku aadiyile maavilakku’ (MV & SPS/ Vaali) and ‘Thannikkule thannikkule ena irukku’ (GA, Saibaba & Sundararajan/ GA).

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Vairamuthu, in his, ‘en jannalin vazhiyE’, wistfully calls such stillborn songs of his as ‘ urangi kidakkum mottukkaL’. IR too often put his heart and soul into songs whose films were never released later--‘Maargazhi paarvai paarkkva’ is right up there with ‘Kodi inbam maeni engum paaiyndhadhammamma’ (Nenjilaadum Poo Ondru/ SPB & SJ), ‘Aananda thaen kaatru’ (Manippoor Maamiyaar/ MV & SPS), ‘Maalai sevvanam’ (Ilayarajavin Rasigai/ IR & Swarna), ‘Magizhampoove unnai paarthen’ (Pudhiya Adimaigal/ KJY & PS), ‘Alaigale Vaa’ (Kavithai Malar/ SPB & Uma Ramanan), ‘Maargazhi maadham mun pani velaiyile (Panchami/ SJ & TVG) and ‘Kanna vaa vaa’ (Malargal Nanaigindrana/ JC & SJ).

The dream ensemble of IR, VM, SPB & SJ collaborate here to put together an exquisite duet. SJ’s enticing humming is invitation enough, and SPB’s pallavi hints at lusty longings hiding behind the air of laid-back romance. SJ joins him well into the charanam - hark at her irresistible exclamation of pleasure at his ‘ullankaiyil thEn irukka’ --And just when you expect SPB to bring back the pallavi after SJ’s surging end to the charanam, like an unexpected cascade of summer showers, IR takes you on a mesmerizing musical odyssey--

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