God and Sweet Grace

Manjula Vijayakumar in Tamil Movie 'Santhi Nilaiyam, a 1969 Blockbuster

Manjula Vijayakumar (September 9, 1953 -July 23, 2013) in Tamil Movie ‘Santhi Nilaiyam, a 1969 Blockbuster

My attempt at translating the “Kadavul Oru Naal Ulagai Kaana Thaniye Vanthaaram” – from Tamil Movie Shanthi Nilayam – In Tribute of :-(Actress Manjula Vijayakumar, appearing in the song in yellow top wear. Actress Manjula passed away in Chennai today, July 23, 2013.)

Manjula has acted in more than 100 films in various south Indian languages including Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. She passed away due to a stomach injury.

Shanthi Nilayam was Tamil film industry’s adaptation of Sound of Music.

God surfaced alone on the earth one day
Saying hello to each and every passerby

One said life is great
Another said its gruesome
Prompting the creator burst in grin

Harmless hearts of toddlers I rendered
Who brought cash, loot and greed
Boundless water and land I delivered
Belongs me desire why settled
God remained perplexed
Human policy puzzled

One said life is great
Another said its gruesome
Prompting the creator burst in grin

Trotting on school pathways God
Seeing self in lisping of sweet grace
Splashing tot hearts full of love
Truth seen enough said heaven returning God

God surfaced on the earth one day
Saying hello to each and every passerby (Original Tamil lyrics, Poet Laureate Kannadasan ~ Translated by K. Thirukumaran)