(A post and cover by @soyahere)
This is a song whose visuals I can imagine with my eyes closed. Many of ARR’s songs paint a mental picture when you listen to them. Another such song is Pudhu vellai mazhai in Roja.
The whistle sounds and the crickety noises…and the beautiful short flute piece take you into the song. The simple tum-tum-tum rhythm keeps it simple and adds to the mystery. I am now in a dense green forest.
“Thoda thoda malarndhadhenna….” SPB’s voice floats up. And then I forget everything.
The flute grabs my attention again. I know two kids are playing and towards the end when the flute piece reaches a higher pitch, I feel what Arvind Samy must have felt while being tickled 😀 The swift and brilliant string pieces interspersed with the flute piece – hats off to ARR!
The song just flows like a mellifluous stream into the soul. And stays there. Flawless and soulful rendering by the two stalwarts of the playback singing profession – SPB and Chitra. I love SPB’s intonation when he sings “Pookkalil thenillai” (In the line “Kaadhalar theendadha pookalil thenillai“) and the way Chitra sings “Narambugal pinna pinna nadukkamenna“.
The choreography during the flute piece in the first interlude and during the line “Suda chuda nanaindhadhenna” makes me wonder. Did ARR compose with the visuals in mind or did they choreograph so well?
During the second interlude, ARR builds the pace with the flute and takes it up to a crescendo. When the heroine faints, the suspense element is brought out again – tum-tum-tum alone. Strings that melt your heart, when she awakens and cries after realizing what happened. It ends with the flute chiding her and saying all is well, to us.
Vairamuthu must be applauded for the excellent lyrics.
Paniyinil kuliththa paal malar kaana…
Irupadhu vasanthangal…vizhi valarthen…
Pasiththavan amudham…parugida thaane…
Padhinezhu vasanthangal…idhazh valarthen…
For a singer, this song is a challenge in terms of reaching the high notes, bringing out the feel, trying to emulate the nuances in the simple brihas, and also keeping the voice soft and pleasant. Like a breeze before rain.
Cool Breeze. Gently flowing stream. Tender flowers. Thoda thoda malarndhadhenna.