Monthly Archives: December 2013

Aayiram Kannumai [Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu 1984]

Unnikuttan,

I was only a toddler when this movie came out and used to love singing it.  Surprisingly, this is your go-to song when you need to settle down on some nights.

There is a funny story around this song too. Your dad and I were newly married and were attending some random party. I was forced to sing and I chose this song.  After I finished, the compere said something like “Rajeshine orthanu ee paatu padiyathu”(She sang this song thinking about Rajesh). You know your dad’s name is definitely NOT Rajesh.  So your dad, who was leisurely socializing somewhere in the party, came running to the stage and asked “Who the heck is Rajesh?”. The embarrassed guy had to admit that he didn’t know your dad’s name!

Now, here’s to all those nights you fell asleep listening to this:

Aayiram kannumai… kaathirunnu ninne njaan
Ennil ninnum parannakannoru.. painkili malar thenkili
[With thousand eyes…I have waited for you*
The one who flew away from me… oh beautiful bird]

Aayiram kannumai… kaathirunnu ninne njaan
Ennil ninnum parannakannoru.. painkili malar thenkili
[With thousand eyes…I have waited for you*
The one who flew away from me… oh beautiful bird]

Manju veenatharinjilla veyil vannu poyatharinjilla (2)

[I didn’t realize when the snow fell.. nor did I know when the sun came and went (2)]

Omale nee varum naalum enniyirunnu njaan

[I spend my time counting the days until your return]

Painkili malar thenkili

[Oh beautiful bird]

Vannu nee vannu.. ninnu nee.. ende janma saaphalyame (2)

[You came…and stayed.. oh my life’s fulfillment… (2)]

Aayiram kannumai kaathirunnu ninne njaan
Ennil ninnum parannakannoru painkili malar thenkili

[With thousand eyes…I have waited for you*
The one who flew away from me… oh beautiful bird]

Thennal ummakal ekiyo… kunju thumbi thamburu meettiyo

[Did the gentle breeze kiss you?… Did the little dragonfly play the thamburu?**]

Ullile maamayil neela peelikal veeshiyo

[Did the peacock in your heart spread its blue feathers? ]

(Thennal …veeshiyo )

Ente ormayil poothu ninnoru… manja mandhaarame
Ennil ninnum parannu poyoru.. jeeva chaithanyame

[You bloomed in my memory… oh yellow mandaram flower
You flew away from me….oh my life’s meaning]

Aayiram kannumai kaathirunnu ninne njaan
Ennil ninnum parannakannoru painkili malar thenkili

[With thousand eyes…I have waited for you*
The one who flew away from me… oh beautiful bird]

* I have waited for you so eagerly
** Thamburu is a string instrument used in Indian classical music