‘May Madham’ to ‘Madras’: Five songs that truly captured the spirit of the city


Lyricist Yugabharathi picks 5 songs that give a rounded image about Madras, the varied sides of town and its individuals, for this week’s Playlist

‘Vaama Duraiyamma’ from Madrasapattinam

Madrasapattinam is likely one of the only a few motion pictures that documented the Madras Presidency earlier than Independence. ‘Vaama Duraiyamma’ is a music in regards to the metropolis, its individuals and the struggles they face, seen by the eyes of a foreigner. By her character, we get to see the Madras of a bygone period.

‘May Madham’ to ‘Madras’: Five songs that truly captured the spirit of the city

‘Nenjam Undu Nermai Undu’ from En Annan

What’s the best method to present Madras? Invariably, there can be an establishing shot of both LIC constructing or Chennai Central. That occurs on this music too. For individuals who lived in villages and cities, town was all about these two edifices. In ‘Nenjam Undu’, there’s a line in regards to the metropolis’s fast urbanisation however the visible is LIC constructing, which truly offered safety to the poor. However most individuals purchased into that cliché with out understanding what it’s.

‘May Madham’ to ‘Madras’: Five songs that truly captured the spirit of the city

‘Thottathile Paathi’ from Velaikkaran

It isn’t a music about Madras, however is in regards to the important qualities of town. There may be an fascinating line that describes the Cooum and the way the river was lowered to a marshland over time. Whereas there was an inclination to romanticise Madras in motion pictures and songs, this specific line painted a unique image in regards to the metropolis.

‘May Madham’ to ‘Madras’: Five songs that truly captured the spirit of the city

‘Madrasai Suthi Pakka Porom’ from Could Madham

There may be nothing contemporary about this music and I’m not an enormous fan. However it’s a good entry level to grasp the salient options of town and its landmark locations — it’s nearly like a tour information for outsiders. I might say ‘Chennai Pattanam’ from Alli Thantha Vaanam is a greater music to grasp town from an outsider’s perspective.

‘Enga Ooru Madras-u’ from Madras

It is a crucial music to grasp the politics of North Madras. The music captures the spirit and livelihood of the group and likewise makes a strong commentary on the social inequalities confronted by its individuals. We get to see vignettes of North Madras within the music and the film, in essence, is about caste atrocities in a cosmopolitan metropolis.

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