by K. Thirukumaran
“Crisscrossing the currents of misery
Becoming a raft is melody”
Remembering the “People’s poet” on his death anniversary, October 8, 2014
Celebrating life and times of Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram – lived on this earth just twenty nine years but left it with fabulous poems and lyrics to eternity; his songs of blissful love and life were rendered by an array of reputed singers, starring popular actors of the time in box office hits.
Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram – April 13, 1930 – October 8, 1959
Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram carries the mantle of social reforms in his works just as his mentor Paaventhar Bharathithaasan.
The messages of sociopolitical – economy that he brought to the masses through numerous lyrics on silver screen have made him the “People’s Poet”. His songs of devotion too stand out in savoring abundance of historical and social aspects.
Kalyanasundaram was born to Arunachalanaar and Visalatchi Ammaiyaar on April 13, 1930, in Pattukkottai – a town in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, India. Kalyanasundaram married Gowravambal from Athikkottai (a village adjacent to Pattukkottai) at the age of 27, on September 11, 1957.
His immortal lyrics have put ‘Kalyanasundaram’ and the village of ‘Pattukkottai’ in Tamil hearts around the globe.
Here is his song from a blockbuster, released in 1959 – Kalyana Parisu (Wedding Gift), Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram passed away the same year due to a clinical error while he was being treated at a hospital.
A translation of the song:
♫ Heart that never gets tickled gets tickled
Telling tales that never gets told
Craving desires never existed
Even sweet bliss triumphed
Music, even sweet bliss it triumphed
Crisscrossing the currents of misery
Becoming a raft is melody
Loving voice mixing
Ambrosia to drink is melody
Scattered around thoughts
Raking them in is arias
Setting together in gladness – arias
Ridding darkness’s grim – is arias
Parched plants seeing rain
Dance in full plumage
Fallen vine, branch seen
Jumps to embrace its bondage
Heart of lass, ideal partner
Arrival seen brings pleasantness
Revival in relationship it will pair
Resulting true bliss it will prosper