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Musically yours, from Jaffna

It is an  old article  about a youngster from Jaffna. Hope he reaches his endeavors in due course.

SRINIVASA RAMANUJAM The Hindu Chennai, January 27, 2016


Meet Sri Lanka-based 21-year-old Thuvarakan, whose covers of Tamil songs are gaining popularity on social media.

In all his music videos, T. Thuvarakan is a picture of concentration. Playing two keyboards simultaneously, his fingers deftly search for the right note, not missing them even on one occasion. A big fan of Tamil film music, the 21-year-old’s most recent videos are that of hit Kollywood songs, including ‘Thalli Pogathey’ (Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada), ‘Thangamey’ (Naanum Rowdy Dhaan) and ‘Aaluma Doluma’ (Vedalam).

What’s so special, you might ask. Thuvarakan is doing all this in his nondescript room at Jaffna, Sri Lanka, where he was born and lived through three civil wars — in 1995, 2000 and 2006. And, he can play a dozen instruments, including the mridangam, tabla, morsing, violin and guitar. “Jaffna is famous for its culture. But due to the conflict, musicians here do not have access to technology like our counterparts in the Indian film industry. Of late though, the signs are encouraging; people are trying to produce their own albums and short films,” he says.

His passion for music started when he was just three. His father, a singer, was his inspiration at that time. “I started listening to Tamil film songs in my childhood. My father, who is also my first music guru, taught me the popular ‘Kanne Kalaimaane’ song,” he recalls in an e-mail interview. Soon, Thuvarakan was enrolled for mridangam classes, an instrument in which he showed promise.

In 2012, even as he struggled with his studies, he formed a music band called Vaanavil. Consisting of 18 members, the band plays Carnatic, English, Tamil and Sinhala songs. The reach of the band might be restricted, but Thuvarakan seems to be making use of social media to get noticed. “In Jaffna, we have very less media support; they do not give priority to Tamil musicians,” he writes. “We are dependent on social media to reach our talent to the world. It also helps us get exposed to different styles of music.”

After finishing his Ordinary Level Exam, Thuvarakan got a chance to use social media to his advantage. His first independent release was a song he composed for his school cricket match. Buoyed by the appreciation he received, Thuvarakan did a cover version of the ‘Yaendi’ song from Puli and uploaded it. “I got a lot of positive feedback for that,” he says. Soon, he was working on other covers of songs from hit Tamil films. The youngster, who considers Ilaiyaraaja and A.R. Rahman, as his role models, dreams of becoming a composer in the Indian music industry someday. “I will finish my university education in four years and then shift to Chennai to make my dreams come true,” he says.

Check out his work at facebook.com/T.Thuvarakan

A great moment for the photographer!

There are times that you have to be at the right time at the right place!

Here is a photo captured by an Aus-Lankan while touring in Sri Lanka. One of the infants of the monkey is enjoying a drink from his mum while the other is having a cuddle.

Daljit Raj Chelliah a keen photographer captured this moment at the top of the cave- temple hills of Dambulla (தம்புளை) located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

The cave temple is archeologically conspicuous land mark of Sri Lanka  whose inhabitants dates back to the third Century BC.  During 10 -12 CE Dambulla was ruled by the Viceroy of Raja-Raja Cholan of Tamil Nadu.


dambulla rock temple

Family time! (Photo credit: Daljit Raj Chelliah)

Eightieth Birth Anniversary of Nagesh :Ever-loved comedian of Tamil Cinema

Today is the eightieth birth anniversary of  Nagesh the Tamil  Cinema actor .The South Indian comedian will be very much remembered by his fans who are in the age of over forty.

A picture of Nagesh. Cropped from MGRP3a13.jpg...

A young  Nagesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cue between Nagesh and Nadikar Thilakam Shivaji Ganesan in Thiruvilayadal which was filmed in the mid Nineteen sixties.

Nagesh with MGR and Manorama in  Chandrothayam

Nagesh At his residence in 2005

Nagesh At his residence in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Related article : Hits of Nagesh on RANDOM MUSICAL THOUGHTS


RIP  T. M Soundararajan. A playback legend who has sung more than 10,000 songs for the Tamil fans. Will be remembered forever and not be forgotten.

நாலு வரி நோட்டு

நேற்றோடு (25-மே-2013) ஒரு வீணையின் நரம்பு அறுந்தது!
ஒரு புல்லாங்குழலின் இசைத்துளைகள் மூச்சு விட மறந்தன!
மேளம் ஒன்று தாளங்களை எல்லாம் மறந்து பாளமானது!
தமிழ்நாட்டின் பிதாமக இசைக்குயில் ஒன்றின் குரல் நின்று போனது!

ம்ம்ம். ஆர்மோனியத்தின் காற்றுப் பைகளுக்கும் மூச்சுத்திணறல் வருமென்று யாருக்குத் தெரியும்!

ஆம். ஏழிசை வேந்தர் டி.எம்.சௌந்தரராஜன் இன்று நம்மோடு இல்லை. அவர் வணங்கிப் பாடிய தமிழ்க்கடவுள் முருகப் பெருமான் திருவடியில் அவர் ஆன்மா அமைதியை அடைந்திருக்கும்.

ஆனால் அவர் குரலால் உயிர் பெற்ற பாடல்கள் நம்மோடு இன்றும் ஊடாடிக் கொண்டு இருக்கின்றன.

அவர் பாடிய சில பாடல்களைக் கொஞ்சமேனும் நினைத்துப் பார்ப்பதே நாம் அவருக்குச் செய்யும் சிறப்பான அஞ்சலியாகும்.

எத்தனையோ கவிஞர்கள் எழுதிய பாடல்களை அவர் உணர்வுப்பூர்வமாக பாடியுள்ளார். அவையெல்லாம் திரைப்படப் பாத்திரங்களுக்குப் பொருத்தமான பாடல்கள். ஆனாலும் சில கவிஞர்கள் எழுதிய பாடல் வரிகள் அவருக்குப் பொருத்தமாக இருக்கும். அப்படியான சில பாடல்களை இந்தப் பதிவில் பார்க்கலாம்.

பாட்டும் நானே பாவமும் நானே” என்ற கா.மு.ஷெரீப்பின் வரிகளைப் பாடச் சிறந்த பாடகர் வேறு யாராக இருக்க முடியும்?! திருவிளையாடல் திரைப்படத்தில் மதுரையின் தலைவன் சொக்கநாதனுக்கு மதுரை தந்த சௌந்தரராஜன் பாடியது மிகப் பொருத்தம்.

அந்தப் பாடலின் அடுத்தடுத்து வரும் இன்னொரு வரியும் மிகப் பொருத்தம். “அசையும் பொருளில் இசையும் நானே”. உண்மைதான். திரையில் அசையும் பொருளில் (நடிகர்களின் பிம்பம்) இசையாக இருந்தது…

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Science and Tamil – Part 2

An Interesting article combining Tamil Language and  Science

Click Science and Tamil – Part 2 for further reading.

A grid of Tamil Alphabets


விருந்தினர் பதிவு : விகடகவியும் மாலை மாற்றும்

Hi my non Tamil speaking friends!

This is my second guest-blog on ‘4 vari note” நாலு வரி நோட்டு ( short blurb of four lines from  a Tamil cinema songs in relation to Tamil grammar

, literature etc).

My blog  is covering  court jesters/ buffoons and  palindromes and associated poetry in Tamil language.

Do you know the oldest palindrome word square was found in the ashes of Pompey, Italy in 79  AD ?

To read in Tamil click :விருந்தினர் பதிவு : விகடகவியும் மாலை மாற்றும்.


English: Palindrome in DNA structure. A: Palin...

English: Palindrome in DNA structure. A: Palindrome B: Loop C: Stem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Jester (Photo credit: *Tom*)

விருந்தினர் பதிவு : கண்ணதாசனின் அந்தாதி

Distribution of Tamil speakers in South India ...

Hi Viewers

Below is my fist post in Tamil Language, my mother tongue. The alphabets of Tamil would look like curly scribbles for  a  non Tamil reader. Tamil Language is  one of the oldest language spoken in South India, North & East Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.

The opening song in the Oscar-winning movie  “The life of Pi” is in Tamil and part of the dialogue is also taken in Tamil.


Cover of "Life of Pi"

Cover of Life of Pi

The post below describes  two lyrics from a  South Indian Tamil movie and discussing the grammar behind it.

விருந்தினர் பதிவு :கண்ணதாசனின் அந்தாதி.

Thai Pongal 2013 (தைப்பொங்கல் 2013)

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It’s Time To Get Used To Writing 2013 Instead Of 2012!

Dear viewers

Hope you all had a happy and peaceful festive season or a well deserved end of year break. Whatever it was, one thing was sure that everyone of us have difficulty  dragging ourselves out of the festive-break to get to our daily routine.

I wish you all a grand New Year!

Hope your dreams, plans and future endeavors come true!!!

புதுபொலிவுடன் புதிய ஆண்டு பிறந்தது. நலமுடன் நல்லாசிகளுடன் வாழ்த்துக்கள் உரித்தாகுக!


Photo: Sunset at Galle Face, Colombo Sri Lanka (courtesy AlfieT2012)


With best regards


3 Jan , 2013

English-Vinglish -Sridevi is back!

Article  below was originally published in Tamil Week in October 2012. It was also published in the Canadian Monsoon Journal (November 2012)

English Vinglish: Sridevi is back!

11 October 2012, 10:52 pm

By Saba-Thambi

It was refreshing to see Sridevi back in action after a long drought in the silver screen. The recent movie “English Vinglish” brought the legendary star back to the screen as a young mother.

The much-anticipated movie was released last week simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu across the globe. I had the opportunity to see the movie in Hindi with English subtitles in Australia.

English Vinglish is Sridevi’s first movie after 15 years of absence since she married the producer Boney Kapoor.

The top star from the last century has returned to the celluloid screen portraying a traditional Marathian mother from Pune.

Click the link below for further reading


Copy of the print in Monsoon Journal (November 2012 pg 41)
Monsoon Journal (November 2012- Page 41)

Monsoon Journal – November 2012 – page 41