♫ Dawn of the Month of Thai, Paves the Birth of Way

by K. Thirukumaran

“Dawn of the Month of Thai, Paves the Birth of Way” is a renowned Tamil proverb. It composes as the first line of a melody by Poet A. Maruthakasi (February 13, 1920 – November 29, 1989).

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa celebrates Thai Pongal

“Dawn of the Month of Thai, Paves the Birth of Way”, A new way to go, trend ahead and renew one’s commitment for the betterment.

The farmers’ markets around towns and villages bustle with activity during days preceding Thai Pongal. The bountiful harvests parade the markets, and the final day the market convenes prior to Pongal known as Pongal Santhai (Pongal market) especially lavishes in prosperous sentiments.

That is the message of this ‘bountiful’ melody:

Thai porantha vazhi porakkum ~ Greeting Thai ~ Song by Poet A. Maruthakasi

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Pongal fanfare is also being marked by the President of Sri Lanka over the past few years:

via news.lk: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa participated in the thanksgiving and harvest festival of Thai Pongal at the President’s House in Nuwara Eliya this (15) afternoon:

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pix courtesy: news.lk