For the past 6 months I am hearing a song, each and every time it is new to me. It is one of the greatest among tamil film songs, atlest for to me.I doubt whether it got its due respect among critics.
The song is "Poove ilaya poove" from the film kozhi koovudhu. Prabhu and silk smitha would have acted for this song.
Ilayaraja-Vairamuthu combination touches its zenith in this song.
It is one of the best from malaysia vasudevan. If SPB would have sung this song, I doubt whether the song would have had the present form.
Very regrettably I dont know the ragam behind this song. May be vasu can help on this.
What ever be the ragam,only a maestro with fantabulous skill can tame the ragam like this song.
Poove ilaya pooveVaram tharum vasanthameMadi meedhu thengum thene
Enakku thaane...Enakku thaane...
You should notice the high pitch during the lines 'Enakkuthaane....' Fantastic, when it combined with background percussions.Wait, the real joy will start during the charanam.
People should notice the merging point between the BGM and the charanam, fantastic! Ofcourse similar blendings can be seen in few other ilayaraja songs, but this is perfect.
Kuzhal valarndhu alaiyanadheIravugalin izhaiyanadhe
Vizhi irandum kadalanadhe-------------The difference pitch here will be too good.Enadhu manam padaganadhe
ilam palingu nagam peyarthedheNila adhil mugam paarthadhe
Enikkum thene...Enakku thaane...
Fantastic lyrics from vairamuthu. What an imagination! Only he can think of "Vizhi irandum kadalanadhe..enadhu manam padaganadhe" for this tune. It is one of the best from vairamuthu, his lyrics melted with the tune in such an excellent way.It makes me think that really tamil people missed many great songs because of vairamuthu-ilayaraja personal fight.
The flute bit after the first charanam will be very good.
Here one more I would like to note is the use of chorus.Indeed, if you notice in detail the chorus in this place merges with the charanam in due form.Excellent one!.
ilanchirippu rusiyanadhuAdhu kanindhu isaiyanadhu
Kuyil magalin kuralanadhuIrudhayathil mazhai thoovudhu
Irupuruvam iravanadhuIrundhum enna veyil kaayudhu
Wow, these lines are too good. Just think,
"Iru puruvam iravanadhu"
irundhum enna veyil kaayudhu
Here vairamuthu tells about the eyes as "veyil kayudhu", height of kavidhai.
Last but not the least, picturisation. As we know, many of the best songs were picturized in a pathetic way across tamil films. Right from MGR/Sivaji films upto early nineties, we can see many examples.
Though this film (kozhi koovudhu) came by early eighties, fortunately the picturization was good, if not better.The continuous single shots of prabhu and silk justifies this great music/lyric along with the slow motion of horse riding.
I do not know technically the lens or shade used in this song. But they definetely was different when compared to films came in that age.I do not know who is the cinematogrpaher.But kudos to him, he justified this great song with his camera.We can get a 'joy in a gloomy day' experience which the song tries to create.We can forgive the yobo get up of prabhu for this picturization.No comments about silk.In fact i think different combination of prabhu(in different makeup)/silk justifies this song sequence in a great way.
This combination reduces the dumbness of the picturization, which prevails in many contemparary songs (best example: 'Pani vizhum malar vanam' song from Ninaivellam nithya song sequence,karthik and the newface (daughter of gemini ganesan) will be dancing for a inhumane choreography).