#25 – Nila Kaigirathu
There are some songs that I love for its music, some that I love for its lyrics, or the quality of the singer. Some songs, of course, have all of those qualities. This song is one of them, and also has a lovely picturization as well. This is a song I first heard on one of those call-in shows on television, when a viewer requested that they play this song for her daughter.
The lyrics of this song, penned by Vairamuthu is inspiring. It looks at the beauty of simple things, and some that never change, like the music of a cuckoo, or the wind or the moon shining at night, and how no one seems to be enjoying it. The song is sung by Harini, and I feel she does justice to it. The picturization, as being sung by a little girl and other children dancing to her song, is quite memorable and is very joyous too.
The part of the lyrics I love the most?
Indha bhoomiye poovanam
Ungal pookalai thaedungal
Indha vaazhkaiye seidhanam
Ungal thevayai kaelungal
It translates to…
This earth is a garden
Search your flowers in it
This life is but a gift
So ask your needs of it.
The music, with just a few instruments in the spotlight, works its charm and makes the song melodious. It’s yet another creation from AR Rahman that weaves magic. Life is a gift. What life gifts us isn’t what we need at times, but that shouldn’t stop us from asking our wishes of it, or forgetting the little things that matter for happiness.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 25th Nov, 2016)