Once in a while a song comes and it is so fresh to the ears with simple, rustic tunes by M Ghibran, casual yet catchy lyrics by Vairamuthu, beautifully rendered by Chinmayi, and picturized creatively……and no I am not talking about Why This Kolaveri Di! I am talking about Sara Sara Saara Kaathu from the movie Vaagai Sooda Va. The song itself is an expression of the heroine’s feelings towards the hero and what a way to express it, Vairamuthu Sir……….
Here are some lines that bring a smile to my face 🙂
Sara Sara Saara Kaathu Veesum pothu…… Sir-aa paathu pesum pothu….. saara paambu pola nenju satham poduthe
With the leaves rustling in the wind.(Saara kaathu)…when i see and talk to the Sir (sir-aa paathu – the hero is a school teacher)……my heart is making noises akin to the noises made by a rattlesnake (saara paambu)
(Notice the use of the same word – saara in 3 different contexts – saara kaathu/saara paathu/saara paambu – simply brilliant)
Tea pola nee…..enna yen aathure?
Why are you ……….mixing me like tea with 2 glasses? (I could not come up with the correct translation for this particular tamil word hence the explanation – the heroine owns a tea stall – people who have seen how the shopkeeper mixes tea in 2 glasses in the roadside stalls in India will be able to relate to it)
meenuku engura kokku ne……kothave theriyala makku nee
You are a stork yearning for the fish……but you are a fool ‘cos you don’t know the right way to fish (the fish here refers to the girl and the stork is the her0, makku is a colloquial word that loosely translates as foolish/someone who is not too bright:))
Mukkannu nunga naa nikkiren, mandu nee kangai yaen kaekkure
>You have the three-eyed palm fruit standing before you, you fool, why are you asking for the shell?
And the very fact that this song had casual yet poetic lyrics in my favorite language, Tamil made it even more special. There were a lot of familiar words and a couple of new words as well, here are a few: Modaiketthan – a type of green (keerai) used in cooking, Kangai – shell of the palm fruit.