Chinnan chiru kiliye - Mahakavi Bharathi

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" கவிதை எழுதுபவன் கவியன்று. கவிதையே வாழ்க்கையாக உடையோன், வாழ்க்கையே கவிதையாகச் செய்தோன், அவனே கவி" – பாரதி

It is more than 75 years since this great poet left us. History has shown us that a few of his dreams have been realized. I am honored and gifted to sing his songs. One of the heart capturing song from “Maha Kavi Subramanya Bharathiyar”.

This song , I did two yrs ago and just wanna share with you people !

Song: Chinnan chiru kiliye…
Composer: Maha kavi Subramanya Bharathi
Raag: Raagamaalika
Sung by : Sowmya

Chinna chirukkiLiyE kaNNammA selvak-kaLanjiyamE
ennaik-kali theerthey ulagil Etram puriya vandAi

piLLaik-kaniyamudE kaNNammA pEsum por-chittiramE
aLLi aNaittiDavE en munnE Aadi varum tEnE

Oodi varugaiyilE kaNNammA uLLam kuLirudaDi
Aadit-tiridal kaNDAl unnaip-pOi Avi tazhuvudaDI

ucchi tanai mughandAl garuvam Ongi vaLarudaDi
mecchi unnai oorar pugazhndAl mEni silirkkudaDI

kannattil muttamittal uLLam thaAn kaL veri koLLudaDi
unnait-thazhuvidilO kaNnammA unnatham,AagudaDI

un kaNNil neer vazhindhAl ennenjil udhiram koTTudaDi
en kaNNin pAvaiyanrO kaNNammA ennuyir ninadhanrO



Ramya Harish said

Very nice Soumya. Liked it. It would have been even nice with a rhythm in bg. Heard en ‘muNNe’ for munne.

My recent covers:
Kadhal kavidhaigal with Joseph
Thendral dhaan with Kumaran


Thinkal govind kumar Pro user said

It’s nice to see that you are proud of the rich culture & heritage of our Great Country and honouring the All-Time Great Thamizh Poet “Bharathiyar”. In fact, this is quite a welcome change from the usual “filmy music”.
Hats off to your good self & thanks a lot for sharing this.
GOD Bless !
Loving Best Wishes,
Thinkal Govind Kumar.


Arun Nair said

It is really great to hear your classical based songs. I love those than the film songs sung by you… :D ….No need to say “Excellent singing”!! :)


Rashmi Nair said

Soumya, the unplugged version is very nice! I would have liked it even more, if it had at least some sruthi. Check this link
Good job!!

Please listen to Aandolanam


Subbu said

nice pick and well rendered Sowmya….some extended notes in like mae,vae sounded slightly western at places……

The quote by Bharathi was awesome and so nice of you to have shared it with us……

BTW-I think this is Aasiriyappa ……typical endings in aa,ae,o etc :)
Straight From the heart, Always


Arvind R said

Sowmya … what a superlative performance of this classic!. Hats off for making me transfixed to your classical singing style and giving it piece by piece with relentless precision!. The thoroughness and expressiveness really impressed me and I have not heard this side of you before … or may be I have not cared to listen!. Five stars for this and this is of professional katcheri standard; also shows your extreme versatility as a singer. With the grounding and understanding you have, no wonder you reel off cine songs so quickly. The irony somehow is that the voice that renders such classy stuff is also your potential opponent … if you had a slightly more glamourous (not sure if this is the right word) voice, you would have gone places!. Life’s inadequacy is that it can be contorted!.

I could write a long review about this song as I really loved it Sowmya. The sruthi that you have sung it in gave a perspective of your true voice and was a treat!. The tone chosen on your sruthi box also complemented your voice well. The number of nuances you have given in this song is mind boggling and not at all easy to sing!. However, let me first get rid of the blemish at 0:56 which was like a ‘drishti’ or an errant gnome in the song. The dwarf tried to re-appear in places like 1:15 and 2:45 but were put away swiftly!.

Places that were too good and mesmerising were 2:54, 3:23-3:33, 3:45-3:55, and the scale change at 4:06-4:15 … many other places had very good sangathis that were seamlessly mined to perfection!. The confidence and clarity of delivery were top notch and I have not heard such high quality classical touches on this website … you are a rare and real versatile asset here for us to enjoy!.

One other notable thing; in well known songs such as these, when you render in a classical style like what you have done, you can make the diction your own as long as they are understood. I felt that this was to your advantage and you made it your own and was perfectly understandable!. Cine songs require a certain popularist diction for the song to come through with its glamour but not so in classical songs … this I consider one of the profound beauties of classical music.

This was …. a Class Act!.

~With a rhythm is born a song. From a pulsing heart is born music!.
~ Arvind ~


Harshan Nambiar Pro user said

Sowmya ….I am not qualified to comment on this classical rendition ….except that it was really soothing.

BTW – Is this a morning raga by any chance ?

keep it up ….versatile Sowmya …;-)
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Krishnan N v ( nvk ) said

Very nice and soothing rendition….loved it.

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Subbu said

Hi Sowmya-Just listen to selvak kalanjiyamae-mae at ~:29-:30-the landing definitely sounded western to me!
Straight From the heart, Always


Srini S said

soopera paadirkeenga.I love classical music.
shruthi potti illama ivvalav shruthi suddhama paadi
rkeengale,aduke ungaluku 5/5 and goes to my favs.
keep it up n enjoy singing.All the best.


Fret 'n' tune said

Superb! Loved it, more so as it brings back many memories of younger days in Chennai.

Sowmya, please please do ‘Nirpadhuve Nadappadhuve’.

Even without a k-track.


Jenefa (inactive) said

Sowmya akka,
Really loved the way you sang “Aavi thalauzhuvudhadi”…second time “Mechi unnai Oorar…” Superb!! I liked it :)
Jenefa :)


Meena Raman said

I am writing this hearing to your song. You have a beautiful voice. This song is very close to my heart.I like to hear it all the time.This is one song i keep murmuring all the time.Thank u


Surajit Chatterjee said

I can see that you sang this difficult number very well. Though I never heard this before, but you sound a bit too nasal here. Maybe that’s how the original is. Good one.


Sushane Shankar said

WHOAAAAAAAA…………… soooooperrrr………. just love bharathi songs…. great singing sowmiya ji…. u’ve inspired me…. naanum try panna poren idha….:-P

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Rajiv Nair said

Hey i never knew you sing carnatic classical as wel :) awesom !! i am gona listen to it everyday morning .Thanks for posting
My latest => ghar-se-nikalate-hii


Meera Krishnan said

sowmya, 10/5…(in fact rating does not matter for a beautiful song like this)

straight goes to my fav. list……….gr8888888888 feel nd expession……wow…hv already heard this in your blog and was mesmerized by ur singing :)


Ashok Kumar said

Sowmya…. superb!!! liked it more!!!



Lalitha said

i’ve been searchin 4 something 4 a long time. chinan chirukilie was originaly set to ananda bairavi by bharathiar himself. i heard the 1st line n since then am searching 4 the notation as put down by the composer…… i even went to his mueseum in triplicane……. went to all the search engines……. but in vain,….iheard aout in a cd by soumya……. so if u can get the original notation i’ll b sooooo


S. Selvakumar said

Very Nice song

We liked it ( Bava and Selva)

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