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These are songs packed with healing effect

M. Balaganessin

Of `Thaalattu,' `kadhal themmangu,' `nadai themmangu' ...



DEMONSTRATION: Chinnaponnu explaining a folk song sung on paddy fields at a college in Tiruchi. — Photo:R. Ashok

TIRUCHI: The `Muthamizh Vizha' organised by Periyar Tamil Mandram of E.V.R. Periyar Government Arts College here proved to be a source of inspiration for students. What made the inaugural session on Tuesday more interesting was the presence of noted lyricist Arivumathi and S. Chinnaponnu of `Chandramukhi' fame. Chinnaponnu had sung a Nalangu `Vazhuthuraen' in the Rajinikanth starrer.

Mr. Arivumathi dwelt in length on the waning popularity of folk songs. While describing the rich heritage of each and every type of Tamils' ancient treasure in the form of `Thaalattu'; `kadhal themmangu'; `nadai themmangu' and so on and so forth, Mr. Arivumathi requested Ms. Chinnaponnu to sing a relevant folk song.

Chinnaponnu did not hesitate even for a second and rendered a few folk numbers much to the delight of the few hundred-strong student crowd.

Recharging

"These songs are left behind by our `illiterate Tamil ancestors' who formed the working classes. The folk songs have an identical healing effect of what the meditation experts advise you," Mr. Arivumathi said, explaining the "re-charging impact" on the body through `kummi' songs.

Folk songs, as in the case of cricket, also promoted patriotism.

A case in point

"The folk songs on the conventional `sadu gudu' is a case in point," Mr. Arivumathi said, signalling Ms. Chinnaponnu to prove it.

The Principal, A. Mutharasu, and R. Santharam, Head, Department of Tamil, said that the cultural programmes, revived only last year, were aimed at promoting the students' literary skills in three literary branches — (Iyal, Isai and Naatakam) of Tamil.

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