Dum Dum Dum …

 A friend of mine mentioned in passing that in her younger days in Bangalore, she learnt compositions of Bharati in his original musical score from a close associate of Bharati.  Not many know that Bharati was a vageyakkarara (or someone who composed music to his poetry) My curiosity was aroused and I wanted to know more.

 She said to me, ‘Ana, it is so interesting to hear about the context of each song and how they came into existence.’  She went on to tell me this story.

 Chellammal, Bharati’s wife had this routine of cleaning his writing desk religiously every morning.  She would clean his desk, fill up his pen with ink and leave the pen on his desk with some writing paper.  After all she knew that her husband’s writing was the key to their livelihood!

 On one such day, when Bharati sat at his desk to write, their servant was pounding rice in the mortar and with each stroke created the noise ‘dum’.  So as she continuously pounded the sound of ‘dum dum dum dum’ resonated in the house making it very noisy.  His wife was very annoyed with the servant and admonished her for not allowing him to concentrate on his writing.  She asked her to stop pounding and to leave the house immediately.  The servant left.

 When Chellaammal went to apologise to Bharati, she found some writing on the piece of paper that she had left for him.  The writing on the paper read:

 manathil uruthi ven’dum’
vaakkinile inimai ven’dum’
ninaivu nalladhu ven’dum’
nerunggina porul kai pada ven’dum’

மனதில்  உறுதி வேண்’டும்’
வாக்கினிலே இனிமை வேண்’டும்’
நினைவு நல்லது வேண்’டும்’
நெருங்கின பொருள் கை பட வேண்’டும்’

 kanavu meippada ven’dum’
kai vasamaavadhu viraivil ven’dum’
Dhanamum inbamum ven’dum’
tharaniyile perumai ven’dum’
கனவு மெய்ப்பட வேண்’டும்’
கை வசமாவது விரைவில் வேண்’டும்’
தனமும் இன்பமும் வேண்’டும்’
தரணியிலே பெருமை வேண்’டும்’

kan thirandhida ven’dum’
kaariyathil uruthi ven’dum’
pen viduthalai ven’dum’
periya kadavul kaakka ven’dum’
கண் திறந்திட வேண்’டும்’
காரியத்தில் உறுதி வேண்’டும்’
பெண் விடுதலை வேண்’டும்’
பெரிய கடவுள் காக்க வேண்’டும்’

 mann payanura ven’dum’
vaanagam inggu thenpada ven’dum’
unmai nindrida ven’dum’
Om Om Om
மண் பயனுற வேண்டும்
வாணகம் இங்கு தென்பட வேண்டும்
உண்மை நின்றிட வேண்டும்
ஓம் ஓம் ஓம்

 Translation

Let my thought be firm and resolute
Let my words be sweet and gentle
Let my thoughts be noble
Let me attain what is close to hand
Let my dreams come to life
Let them come to fruition quickly and in time
Let me be prosperous and content
Let me attain name and fame
Let the eyes always be aware
Let me be determined in achieving my goals
Let there be freedom for women
Let the Great Lord protect us all
Let the earth be fertile
Let the heavens open up to us
Let Truth always prevail
Om Om Om

When his wife was dreading that he would not be able to focus, he had used the ‘sandam’ or sound created by the pounding, to write perhaps one of the most inspirational and beautiful pieces of poetry Tamil language has ever seen!  Genius and class as they say is inborn and permanent! 

 

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One thought on “Dum Dum Dum …

  1. Ram V February 8, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Nice story…

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