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January 20, 2007

The forbidden nature

Filed under: Relationships — Celia @ 2:52 pm

 

One of my friends told me about a song from the film Uzhavan (Prabhu and Banupriya starrer) and told me that the song is melodious and mindblowing.

 

I got interested and requested the song and lyrics from him. I was thinking that it might be a duet song. Here it is.

 

kaNgaLil enna eeramo nenjinil enna baaramo

kaigaLil adhai vaangava oru thaayai poala unnai thaangava

kaNgaLil enna eeramo nenjinil enna baaramo

kaigaLil adhai vaangava oru thaayai poala unnai thaangava

 

 

petravaL vittu poagalam annai bhoomiyum vittu pogumaa

thannuyir poala kaapadhil thaayum nila onnu dhaan

veRukkum thaayai kaathidu mayakkam theerka vaandhidum

pudhu koalam poadu vizhi vaasalil kalakkam yaenayya

 

(kaNgalil)

 

ammamaa indru maaRinen anbukku nandri kooRinen

uLLathin kaayam maaRave udhaviyadhu un vaarthai dhaan

nimmadhi indri vaadinen nindrida nizhal thaedinen

 

………………………………………………………….

 

(I have tried to translate it unsuccessfully.)

What is this dampness in your eyes?

Why is your heart so burdened?

Can I hold it in my hands?

can I hold you like a mother?

 

A mother may leave you; will the motherland forsake you?

A mother protects you like the apple of her eyes!! so does the land!!

Protect your mother who hates you;

Do a new thing; why should your eyes be downcast?

 

blah blah blah……

 

Well, it didn’t seem to be a duet. The song speaks of a mother-son relationship. But, one can also take this to be a duet and that the heroine is trying to comfort the downcast hero. And then it struck me. It is common knowledge that a man tries to find a mother/nurturer in his lover/wife and a woman tries to find a father/protector in her lover/husband.

While there are many songs that depict the former, I couldn’t imagine one song where the hero tries to comfort/nurture his lover. He can comfort his friend/mother/sister/sister-in-law or pakkathu veetu ponnu and whoever but not his woman.

He always portrays his woman as a distant being or an angel or a goddess or a mother or a sex object. Movies/arts are supposed to reveal the culture of a society. Are our men like this? Is MAN – The Nurturer a taboo?

So far as I have thought, only one song could remotely be linked to this relationship. Moondraam Pirai – Kannae Kalaimaane.. Well, I am not a movie buff. Let me know if there are more related songs.

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8 Comments »

  1. “He can comfort his friend/mother/sister/sister-in-law or pakkathu veetu ponnu and whoever but not his woman.”

    Does Nilave Mugam Kaatu – qualify as one? Or the old SivaKumar Saritha song – “Kana Kaanum kangal mella”…?

    I don’t know if a man potraying a nuturer role is considered a taboo..but it is largely considered that a man is the epitome of patienmce and strength! And showing emotions in public is not considered manly!!!!?? Thus he always remains as cold as Queen Elizabeth.

    Hey lovely template pa..ana comments poda konjam kadupa iruku…Ennoda curser enga irukunu ne theriyale!!!!

    Comment by Nandu/ Curious — January 21, 2007 @ 6:15 am | Reply

  2. nice translation. but other than the translation i am very curious to say some thing about curiously-curious statement.

    i tightly agree about the epitome of man. Man should be man. no doubt in that. but there is one concept called Thaiyumanavan. means a man becomes mother, women,girl or basically holding femaine nature to do some nurutuer activities. then his state is more divine than that of normal person. its just a personification of man qualities 🙂 ( only abstract ) and kavithai thuvamana concept.
    -A

    Comment by adiya — January 22, 2007 @ 6:03 am | Reply

  3. nice insight about movies.. but i never tried to understand the songs and find an inner meaning :(..!

    Comment by sujit — January 23, 2007 @ 4:45 am | Reply

  4. I don’t remember the song…but

    // a man tries to find a mother/nurturer in his lover/wife and a woman tries to find a father/protector in her lover/husband//

    I agree with this… 🙂

    Comment by Syam — January 23, 2007 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  5. @nandu – Nilave mugam kaatu.. paatu picturisation gnabagam varala!! Yeah, Sivakumar and sarithas can be of some relation.. Saritha would be ill and Sivakumar would be trying to take care of her.. appadi thaane varum andha song?

    @Adiya – Do you mean that by BEING MAN.. you say that Comforting/Nurturing is not his character? By saying comforter, I am not asking for an equivalent of a mother or a woman. I am trying to implore the emotional side of a man that is usually suppressed.

    @Sujit – Whenever I see a song or a movie, a simultaneous sub-plot also goes on in ma mind.

    @Syam – 🙂

    Comment by Bindu — January 24, 2007 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  6. Unga site pakkam varathu konjam delay atchu. well coming to the debate just for time being lets keep aside man , womon analogy. if a human being move across times and praised aloud then that means that human being did some thing spl than from a normal character. if man be man and women be women then we are definitely certain boundary withing our self that try to fit every body within that. definitely those qualities should be there on both the ends. beyond that when time comes man should showcase dividne woman nature and vice versa to make things awesome. Further i am not trying to equate motherhood out here which is invincible.
    Thats is the concept of thaiyumanavan, or airthanariswar or umaiyal.

    Comment by adiya — January 29, 2007 @ 4:23 am | Reply

  7. unga comment text area illa cursor is not visible. konjam type pannurathu ikku problem aa eruku. time konjam allocate panni fix pannu inga. cursor( both mouse pointer n charcater cursor ) konjam problem dhaan

    Comment by adiya — January 29, 2007 @ 4:25 am | Reply

  8. Nice blog keep writing

    Comment by sexycasinova — April 5, 2009 @ 3:50 pm | Reply


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