“Malargal Nanaindhana Paniyale” – Idhaya Kamalam (1965) – Tamil Feature Film

“Malargal Nanainthana Paniyale” – Idhaya Kamalam (1965)

Composition Extraordinaire & Voice Immortal Series (1)
“Malargal Nanaindhana Paniyale” (Idhaya Kamalam- 1965), Voice: P Susheela & Composed by K. V. Mahadevan

Idhaya Kamalam (English: Lotus of the Heart) is a 1965 Indian Tamil film, directed by Srikanth. Produced by L. V. Prasad under Prasad Productions, the film stars Ravichandran and K. R. Vijaya in the lead.

Plot: The film’s a story of twins — one turns out to be a good girl Kamala (K R Vijaya) and the other, a wayward woman Vimala (K R Vijaya in dual role). The mother, on her deathbed, wants the well-behaved girl to forget about her sister who abandons home and becomes involved with a gang of robbers. Kamala’s husband (Ravichandran) is in London studying Law. When she falls ill, the husband is sent for, and she dies in his arms! He erects a memorial for her in his house. Meanwhile, police inspector (Balaji) arrests a robber’s mistress. She claims to be the wife of the lawyer and the matter goes to court. The lawyer denies she is his wife. But, it turns out she is, in deed, Kamala and that the one, who died in his arms was Vimala. The truth comes out and both live happily thereafter.


The soundtrack album was composed by maestro K. V. Mahadevan while the lyrics were written by Kaviarasu Kannadasan. A Beautiful Aria with orchestral accompaniment set to tune in Raga Mohanam (Raag Bhoop) by Swara Brahma Krishnankoil Venkatachalam Mahadevan (K V Mahadevan).

மலர்கள் நனைந்தன பனியாலே!
என் மனதும் குளிர்ந்தது நிலவாலே!
பொழுதும் விடிந்தது கதிராலே!
சுகம் பொங்கி எழுந்தது நினைவாலே!
malargaL nanaindhana paniyaalE
en manadhum kuLirndhadhu nilavaalE
pozhudhum vidindhadhu kadhiraalE
sugam pongi ezhundhadhu ninaivaalE
கண்ணன் கோவிலில் துயில் கொண்டான்!
இரு கன்னம் குழி விழ நகை செய்தான்!
என்னை நிலாவினில் துயர் செய்தான்!
அதில் எத்தனை எத்தனை சுகம் வைத்தான்!
சேர்ந்து மகிழ்ந்து போராடி!
தலை சீவி முடித்தே நீராடி!
கன்னத்தைப் பார்த்தேன் முன்னாடி!
பட்ட காயத்தை சொன்னது கண்ணாடி!
kaNNan kOvilil thuyil koNdaan
iru kannam kuzhivizha nagai seydhaan
ennai nilaavinil thuyar seydhaan
adhil eththanai eththanai sugam vaiththaan
sErndhu magizhndhu pOraadi
thalai seevi mudiththEn neeraadi
kannaththaip paarththEn munnaadi
patta kaayaththai sonnadhu kaNNaadi
இறைவன் முருகன் திருவீட்டில்,
என் இதயத்தினால் ஒரு விளக்கேற்றி,
உயிரெனும் காதல் நெய்யூற்றி,
உன்னோடிருப்பேன் மலரடி போற்றி!
iRaivan Murugan thiruveettil
en idhayaththinaal oru viLakkEtri
uyirenum kaadhal neyyootri
unnOdiruppEn malaradi pOtri
மலர்கள் நனைந்தன பனியாலே!
என் மனதும் குளிர்ந்தது நிலவாலே!
பொழுதும் விடிந்தது கதிராலே!
சுகம் பொங்கி எழுந்தது நினைவாலே!
malargaL nanaindhana paniyaalE
en manadhum kuLirndhadhu nilavaalE
pozhudhum vidindhadhu kadhiraalE
sugam pongi ezhundhadhu ninaivaalE

K V Mahadevan’s conducting is rather on the slow side, with plenty of orchestral detail but with a good deal of dramatic drive as well. He sure does emphasize the sheer beauty of the score, but that works marvelously in tandem with Amma’s signature voice – depth, clarity, balance, presence, dynamic range. In every respect,

Susheelamma’s voice suits the character with the right blend of vocal equilibrium and she is simply beyond comparison. I vividly recall this song as this one really touched my heart and relaxes my soul whenever I am down. The pallavi and charanams are wonderfully sung by Amma in her usual style and with emotional connection under KVM’s baton.

Who wins in this race? Undoubtedly it is our beloved Ma Sarasawathi Susheelamma. The opening prelude sets the mood of the song with the perfect orchestration. Then comes Amma with her voice ripe, full and with vigor, right from the entrance to Pallavi and it flows like liquid sunshine. Amma’s diction & Phrasing is phenomenal and makes this song truly delightful. This composition will outlive us all.

Just listen to 2nd Charanam “Iraivan Murugan Thiruveetil En Idhayathinaal oru Vilakketri” and that’s where I melted like a Candle. The “eee” sound with which she ends the lines is so pronounced, it leaves you awestruck and only Amma and Amma alone can make that line memorable. You will hear her at her peak (1965) and absolute prime when those ringing high notes just take your breath away in this song and no one else not now and ever can come closer to this ultra perfect rendition.

I have to confess that once her voice stopped crooning, I could feel a hardened salty drop of tear after a few minutes. Susheelamma is a gift to Indian Celluloid as Maria Callas was to Italian Opera. She truly is a legend and an inspiration to upcoming singers. Now sit back with closed eyes and enjoy this best ever collaboration of Amma & Swara Brahma and don’t bother to try to seek out blemishes….there absolutely are none.

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