Maestro Ilaiyaraaja's Tamil Lullaby for Children and Adults Alike

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April 08, 2014

This is in response to @PRI's tweet to me. Here is a lullaby from Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, from the Tamil movie titled "Thalapathy" (Commander), released in 1991. This song is a lullaby for a teen-mom, whose child was abandoned due to a mishap beyond her control. Maestro Ilaiyaraaja's tune captures not only the birth pangs of this Mom reminising her loss at a later age, constantly in search for her missing son, but, also the very pain of his loss. In Tamil, the word Aa-ree-ro, signifies the lullaby. This song, still serves as a lullaby -- for not only the sons and daughters of the Tamils --  but also, to those adults like myself, who associate their own quotidian pangs with the  ethos and soulfulness of this very lullaby, scored by the music Maestro Ilaiyaraaja. And Dr. Ilaiyaraaja has scored many other lullabies, which still bestow the blissful shuteye, to millions all over the world...Sempiternally, may I add? :) 


Country: India