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Projekt Ilaiyaraaja Season III — 31/365 — Poradada Vaalenthada

Tamil movies have always come up with fiery May Day based songs. Ilaiyaraaja’s Manidha Manidha from Kann Sivanthal Mann Sivakkum is still used in many meetings because of the fieriness associated with the song. As I have already featured that song in the first season, I am going with another song with a lot of history and also made its presence felt in Pariyerum Perumal (2018).

Alai Osai (1985) (not to be confused with Kalki’s Alai Osai) is a movie about caste and class issues in a village. Sirumugai Ravi directed the film. Although the movie was an average hit, the song “Poradada Vaalenthada” by Ilaiya Bharathi became an anthem of sorts for the Dalit community and was used in various celebrations/meetings.

In Pariyerum Perumal, when Pariyan (played by Kathir) is attacked in a field, he fights and fends them off and runs to his village. And they stop when he enters his area, and in the distance, a group of people are listening to this song in a tape recorder.

எத்தனையோ ரத்த வரிகளை எங்கள் முதுகினில் தந்தவரே அதனையும் வட்டி முதலுடன் உங்கள் கரங்களில் தந்திடுவோம்

You have slashed our backs for long, giving us innumerable pains but soon we will repay it to you in the same manner

I thought, in a way, Mari Selvaraj is trying to reclaim the song because you can see how the narrative has been changed over the years through the Youtube videos/comments. I would suggest you search for this song on Youtube and you will know what I am talking about.

Pariyerum Perumal Scene

Day 31/365

Song: Poradada Vaalenthada
Movie: Alai Osai (1985)
Singers: Malaysia Vasudevan and Chorus
Lyricist: Ilaiyabharathi
Actors: Vijayakanth, Nalini, Radharavi, Goundamani, Senthil, Haja Sheriff
Director: Sirumugai Ravi



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Sylvian Patrick

Sylvian Patrick

Doctoral Researcher by passion and profession, a blogger by choice, a writer by chance,a traveller by compulsion, a non-conformist by gene and a rebel by birth