Thooral. Saaral. Mazhai.
A very peculiar feeling of happiness and tranquility fills me up at the thought of drizzle and rainfall. The earliest memories of rain as a school kid were to reach home without getting the school bag wet, venturing out into the road of puddles to see my paper boat sailing off and waiting for the news channels to telecast the leave declarations. Getting drenched in rain was very child's dream but sadly a prohibited one in every household. My way back home in the school van would be full of joy during the monsoon as we sing together the chorus of -
‘Maegam Karukuthu… Thaku jikku thaaku jim…
Minnal Sirikuthu… Thakku jikku thakku jim”
The ladies of the historic literature fell in love with the mighty protagonists even before seeing them but by merely hearing the songs of their valour. My endearment to the Rain is very similar to that. Before the drizzles soothed me, before the Petrichor touched me and before I got drenched in the rain, I fell for it hearing the songs that praised the beauty of the rain.
Monsoon in Singara Chennai could be a short-lived season of the year but we have enough songs to rejoice rain for the whole year. Relishing suda suda bajji on a downpour evening and listening to songs, is an unparalleled experience for me. Only music could channelize the energy and emotions of the rain from outside the window into the heart that rests on the other side of the window. Many composers have skillfully and soulfully recreated the rain mood but Isai Puyal went a step ahead in collaborating with the rain itself in rendering a soul-smashing number called
‘Then-maerku paruva kaatru theni pakkum veesum bothu saaral’
The melancholic Chinna Kuyil Chithra amma's voice that interludes with the rhythmic rain drop sound and bouncy drum beats could even reduce your room temperature by two degrees. The richest description of rain that I have heard is from ‘Ilaiya Nila’ song
Almost all the leading ladies of our Tamizh Cinema would have done a rain dance number. Are the rain songs a representation of the women’s craving to get drenched in rain sans any inhibitions on the society’s judgement? Or are the women craving for the rain on seeing these rain dance songs?? These two queries go on an infinity loop forever. At the onset of a downpour, the quick trot towards the terrace would be to save the semi-dried clothes and not to see their secret wishes into reality. A heroine free-spiritedly dancing in the rain in the big screen is a virtual gateway for every girl watching it to see herself in the place of a heroine.
Be it the Mouna Raagam‘s ‘Oho Megam Vanthatho’ from my mom’s college days that sketches a woman’s yearning for an independent life
Or the Guru’s Nanaarae from my school days which conveys the same desire of a girl -
‘Kathavugal thirakum vazhi.. Enthan kanavugal parakattumae
Years might have passed but the emotions and cravings have remained the same. The movie Iraivi opens up with three women from various phases of life, conveying their take on their lives through their perspective of the rain. The movie concludes with Anjali getting drenched in rain along with her daughter that symbolizes her liberation. The ‘Vaseegara’ song penned by Thamarai used rain as a tool of romance
The romantic frames of Vijay Sethupathy and Ramya Nambeesan confined in the clutches of love and rejoicing the rain in the song Mogathirai inevitably kindles the romantic side of every couple. Abbas in Kandukonden Kandukonden swept the sassy Aishwarya Rai by her feet with a deadly combination of rain and a Bharathiyar song ‘Suttum Vizhi Sudar than Kannama!’ right in his introduction scene. (Note panungada note panungada). Describing the eternal feeling called love in mere words had been challenging for our Romeos who then sought the favour of the Varuna Bhagawan to grace them with Kadhal Mazhai. Varuna Bhagawan aachae, pozhingu thallitaru…
Lyricist Vivek raised the bar by additionally enrolling the lightening with high volt power to throw light on the impact of a beloved’s smile. A semma mazhai changes the whole shade of a choc-a-bloc day. Likewise, a serendipitous eye-to-eye glance with her changes the hue of his sky at once. Beautifully fabricated as
It’s because of you, Unnalathan… Mazhai! Un thappu thaan..
The rain has refashioned itself into a canvas for conveying our thirst for independence, imagination and love. Like the soul-soothing petrichor after the rains, the euphoria after listening to these songs has to be experienced by everyone themselves.
Pinna! Neengale sollunga. Kaadhal, Mazhai, Cinema, Paatu and Suuudana Bajji uh rasikaatha vazhkaiyellam oru vazhkai uh?
- Uma Ashwini A