A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

E for Ennai Kaanavillaiye & other songs (#AToZChallenge)

Hi friends!

E has a slightly longer list than the other alphabets. So I am gonna speak about my love for four songs in this post. Let me get down to business now. 😀

Ennai Kaanavillaiye (Kaadhal Desam)

This is one of the ethereal melodies that shaped the 90s era and defined the love lives of many people. When S.P.B begins ‘Anbe…’, we are pulled into an heavenly trance. His powerful voice makes every line beautiful. Rahman uses raga Keeravani (my favourite raga) in its purest form. Vaali’s heart-rending lyrics perfectly explain the feelings of a lovelorn guy. My favourite lines,

“Nimishangal ovvondrum varushangal aagum

Nee ennai neengi sendraale…

Varushangal ovvondrum nimishangal aagum

Nee endhan pakkam nindraale…”

Listen to the song here: https://youtu.be/nxdwznysRB4

Enmael Vizhundha (May Maadham):

This is what I call as a song thrown from heaven. One of Rahman’s finest compositions. With poetic lyrics by Vairamuthu, P.Jayachandran and K.S.Chitra croon with such elan that each line turns addictive. And I should surely mention the soul-stirring flute section in the interludes. Rahman interweaves lots of mellifluous nuances in this number that it still stays as a cult classic. My favourite lines:

“Ilaiyum malarum urasugaiyil

Enna baashai pesidumo…

Alaiyum karaiyum urasugaiyil

Pesum baashai pesidumo…

Mannum vinnum urasugaiyil

Enna baashai pesidumo…

Paarvai rendum pesikondaal

Baashai oomai aayvidumo…”

Listen to the number here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4NY_oXjj9Q

Enna Vilai Azhage (Kaadhalar Dhinam)

When this song was released, it was on the lips of every lovestruck guy. Be it the beautiful coalescing of flute and violin in the prelude or the ebullient chorus in the interlude, everything is damn perfect in the number. Unni Menon is flawless, his sublime voice being the icing on the cake. Of course, how can I miss Vaali’s awe-inspiring lyrics. Here goes my favourite lines:

“Pallavan sirpigal andru 

Panniya sirpathil ondru

Pennena vandhadhu indru silaiye…

Undhan azhagukillai eedu…”

Listen to the outstanding number here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7lE7n_mc1I

Ennavale Adi Ennavale:

This is that number which can sear your soul and give you goosebumps on a warm morning. Composed in the arresting Kedaram raga, this scintillating romantic classical song is a treat for all music lovers. No doubt Unnikrishnan won the prestigious National Award for his soulful rendition. I have no more words to say. This number is a masterpiece from the Mozart of Madras. Some favourite lines from Vairamuthu’s verses,

“Kokilame nee kural kuduthaal unnai kumbitu kannadipen…

Gopurame unnai saaithu kondu undhan koondhalil meen pidipen…”

Listen to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvZi0fd_1IY

Other soul songs in E alphabet:

  1. Ek Tu Hi Barosa from Pukar
  2. Ellapugazhum from Azhagiya Tamil Magan
  3. En Kaadhale from Duet
  4. En Swaasa Kaatre from En Swaasa Kaatre
  5. En Veetu Thottathil from Gentleman
  6. Ennodu Nee Irunthaal (both versions) from I
  7. Ennuyire Ennuyire from Uyire
  8. Evano Oruvan from Alaipaayuthey
  9. Eechi Elumichi from Taj Mahal

Happy listening!


Kavya Janani.U


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