Melodies United by Tune, Divided by Language

This evening, music show Innisai Vaarpugal, will expose the audience to the influence of Tamil music in Hindi songs and vice versa

Published: 23rd May 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2015 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

Did you know that the tune of the song Kaatrinile Varum Geetham, which is one of the famous songs of M S Subbulakshmi in her initial days as a playback singer and actor, was a lift from a Hindi film? While in the past, the tunes of Hindi songs were used in Tamil movies, today, songs from Tamil movies are being used in Hindi films. A R Rahman – who was initially a music director for Kollywood – is now accepted in Bollywood. Tracing the journey of Tamil film music and their Hindi versions and vice versa is Innisai Vaarpugal, a show that presents exclusively those songs whose tunes are the same in both languages.

Melodie.jpgThis evening at 6, at the Music Academy, four prominent singers from the film industry who are no strangers to the stage as well, will present close to 30 songs. Mohammad Aslam, Surmukhi, Mukesh and Kalpana Raghavendar will sing songs right from the early days of Bollywood and Kollywood to the present. Popular anchor B H Abdul Hameed, who has been hosting Raja Geetham on Raj TV for years, will be the host for the evening. The orchestra is by Rafi’s Ultimate Band.

In the show, there will be the Hindi and Tamil versions rendered one after the other. Aslam, who has sung the famous rehashed AR Rahman’s version of the song Ponmagal Vanthal, will be singing along with Surmukhi to give the Hindi version, whereas Kalpana (of Darling Dambakku fame) and Mukesh, who has lent his voice to Sollividu Sollividu from Kaviya Thalaivan, will render their Tamil versions, according to Sriganesh Vaidyanathan from Gama events – the organisers.

Melodie1.jpg“This is probably the first time anyone’s coming up with such a unique concept for a show. Racking our brains, we singers, along with Abdul Hameed, came up with a list of songs with such similarities. We had rehearsals with the orchestra, and now, we are ready to present it to the audience, who are bound to enjoy it. The songs from the films will be reproduced as such by us, but we would also improvise them a bit. For example, we would probably connect both the versions of a particular tune for the audience to relate to the song better,” informs an excited Mohamed.

For those who wish to take a trip to the times, tickets for the show are available online at, and or call 98845 00022 or 98401 53443. The New Indian Express is the media partner for the event.

Tamil songs and their Hindi equivalents

  •   Kaatriniley Varum Geetham -  Toot Gayee Manu Veena
  •  En Sinthai Noyum - Ye Zindagi
  •   Azhagin Kaladiyil - Neele Gagan Ke Thale
  •   Maasila Unmai Kathale - Aye Saba Unse

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