chinna pApA enga chella pApA

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an old movie song, which I remember hearing on an ancient 33.3 RPM LP record….sad that it talks about the father’s anger and ill-treatment of the baby!

chinna pApA— enga chella pApA
shonna pEccha kEttA thAn nalla pApA (chinna)

chinna unakku cheeni mittAy vAngi tharaNumA?
silk chattai cheenA bommai balloon vENumA?
kaNNAmoochi Attam unakku solli tharaNumA?….appO….
galagalannu shiricchukittu ennai pArammA….(chinna)

kObam theernthu appA unnai kooppiduvAru….
nee konji konji pEshinAtthAn shAppiduvAru!
kOzhi mithitthu kunju mudam Aagi vidAthu….
unakku koyyA pazham paricchu tharEn!….azhugai koodAthu! (chinna)

small baby…our dear baby….
listen to what you’re told, there’s a good baby……

Does the little you want sweets made of sugar?
Silk dresses, porcelain dolls, balloons?
Do you want to learn how to play hide-and-seek?….then….
Laugh out loud and look at me, baby!

After his temper has cooled, Father will call you….
Only if you coo at him, he will eat!
A chick will not go lame if the cockerel steps on it….
I’ll pluck a guava fruit for you….you shouldn’t cry!

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Murali Venkatraman said

K.V. Mahadevan was the composer of this song I think. This song’s percussive rhythm itself came to be known as KVM rhythm.

Deepa : These songs are as good as dead. It is rare to see them being exhumed and remembered. This is a great gesture. There is another similar song “aattukutti aattukutti maamaavai paaru”, “maNNukku maram baaramaa”.

Nicely sung in the spirit of the song. These songs must be passed on to the next generations by a conscious effort. In this age of vulgar songs, lyrics and picturization such gems of innocence are the only ammunition.

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