NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #22 – Ovvoru Pookalume, from Autograph

Written as part of NaBloPoMo Day 22.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

#22 – Ovvoru Pookalume

Music can inspire. I feel that that is one reason why I find music so cathartic. It plants a seed of hope and nourishes it, so it grows, overwhelming the gloom that would have filled my heart, and driving it out. My playlist has quite a lot of Tamil songs that I love, and this is one that I listen to often. From the movie Autograph, the song Ovvoru Pookalume won KS Chitra the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer, and the lyricst Pa. Vijay the National Film Award for Best Lyrics in 2004.

I mentioned in an earlier post that KS Chitra is a singer I admire. It is her beautiful voice that adds on to the beauty of the lyrics and makes the song even more lovable. The high notes are something that she hits perfectly and pushes the words deep into the music lover’s heart. Another thing I like about the song is how it is picturized, being performed by an orchestra group of visually challenged musicians. The instrumental part of the song is also so magical.

The part of the lyrics I love the most?

Ullam endrum eppothum
Udainthu poga kudaathu
Enna intha vaalkai endru
Ennam thondra kudaathu
Entha manithan nenjukkul
Kaayam illai sollungal
Kaalapokil kaayamellam
Marainthu pogum maayangal

It translates to…

Our heart should always
Not be broken or fed up
“What life is this?”
We shouldn’t ask ourselves
Tell, in which person’s heart
There is no pain, no scars
With time, every wound
Will seem but an illusion

They say time will heal all wounds. Life isn’t as simple as that, but it sometimes feels as simple. Most wounds seem to heal, and that’s good enough for hope to find some room to grow. The rest of the song is inspiring too, and I’m not surprised that it won the accolade for Best Lyrics. And I’m sure it’s a song that’ll continue to be in my playlist for a long time.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 22nd Nov, 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

6 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #22 – Ovvoru Pookalume, from Autograph”

    • I think so too, but can’t be sure about Malayalam and Kannada and such. 😀 Let’s see. Music bridges the distance between hearts easily, Jb. 🙂 And yes, Chitra’s voice is very mesmerizing. 🙂

  1. Thats one of my fav songs too! Very inspiring one! Heard that a school in Tamilnadu has it as its prayer song.This is definitely the kind of song you should listen to when spirits are down.

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