Raja Raja Cholan
Just had to share this wonderful song.
I know I am diluting the value of 'DO NOT MISS THIS' by saying it too often. But then, YOU JUST CAN'T MISS THIS!!!
I'll post the lyrics with meanings (courtesy a friend) shortly, not knowing the lyrics should not stop you from enjoying the wonderful melody, the alliterative poetry, the rhyme and rhythm, the sensuous picturization, great singing by Yesudas and ofcourse great music by Illayaraja. Check out the free falling accelaration of the antaras as they eagerly rush to meet the mukhdas - cloud bursts of water hurtling to the earth.
This song brings back a lot of memories. It was a great favourite among the Chennai college singing bands which used to come to the IIT campus to compete during our cultural festival. I can still picture those days of January sunshine, sitting in the grass/sand and gazing up on stage at bands as they belted out one Illayaraja song after another.
While the rest of the lyrics are as amazing the opening lines go like this:
Raja Raja Cholan naan,
Enai aalum kaadal desam needaan...
(Raja Raja Cholan is me only,
The loving, beloved land that rules me, is you only)