In commemoration of the birth anniversary celebrations of poet Subramaniya Bharathi, a CD consisting of his songs which were used in mainstream films, was released here on Monday.
Bharathiyar’s songs were instrumental in helping freedom fighters overthrow the British rule. Later, his songs such as Aaduvome Pallu Paaduvome, Kaakkai Siraginile Nandalaalaa, Nallathor Veenai Seithen, Nirpadhuve Nadapadhuve among others were featured in films starting from yesteryear’s Naam Iruvar, Ezhavathu Manithan, Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu and Bharathi.
Those film songs are now combined into an audio CD, titled Payana Thozhan Bharathi, an effort from ‘Bharathi Mess’ Kannan.
Speaking to City Express, Kannan said, “I am fond of Bharathi and his songs. In our hotel, we have built a small temple for Bharathiyar and three times in a day we provide neivethyam to him and only then we serve our customers”. Kannan, a former journalist, is now running a mess in Triplicane called ‘Bharathi Mess’. Since then, the name of the mess has become a prefix to his name.
“During travel hours people really don’t know what to do. So I wanted to provide a CD of Bharathiyar songs that were used in films along with the narration of his life,” said Kannan.
The hour-long CD contains 21 songs along with the anecdotes on Bharathi’s life. Kannan also took the guidance of Seeni Viswanathan, a raconteur of Bharathi’s literary work.
The CDs are available at Bharathi Mess, Old No.10, Bharathi Saalai, Triplicane, Ch-5.