Gems of Ilayaraja- Nee Paadhi Naan Paadhi (Cover version)

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This marks my attempt to resurrect some songs of Ilayaraaja, the composer to whom I owe my singing, my interest in Film music and sense of melody to name a few :) I am a die hard fan of his music, mainly due to his strong adherence to melodic structure. A few other IL songs of mine on muziboo, although not part of the resurrection series include Kaatril varum geethamae, Vizhiyil Vizhundhu, Kaadhal OViyam and Germaniyin Sendhaen,

This song has been a staple of mine through school mainly. People were so bugged with this song, that I was “requested” not to render any more LOL

A little background on this song: the song is a romantic melody and my tone being a little melancholic is because the heroine is dying in this movie, so she’s shuttling back and forth between her will to live and her life which is not going to last.

And, for listeners who love trivia on songs they listen to, here is one on this. This song is set in the raagam Chakravaaham, and, absolutely exquisitely handled IMO

Rajesh Raman and I have attempted this song. The track I got was really crappy. So, post recording, Rajesh took quite a bit of pain, time and effort to mix the interludes with the track and we both like it quite a bit. Thanks for that, it sounds so much better now :))

Movie: keladi kanmani
Original music by: Ilayaraaja
Originally rendered by: KJ Yesudas & Uma Ramanan
Cover version by: Rajesh Raman & Meera Manohar
Mixed by: Rajesh Raman



Roshini said

good effort guyz, one of my fav songs from IR.
was surprised to see “Resurrecting IR” in the song title, if u know what i mean ;)

Best Regards,


Rashmi Nair said

Splendid performance by both of you, Rajesh & Meera. Flawless rendition. Loved it. 5/5 from me.



Smitha Passanha said

Enjoyed this one! Very well sung!

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Srividya Kasturi said

Excellent!! enjoyed it very much, Meera and Rajesh:)

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Radhakrishnan Nair said

Rajesh and Meera,

Excellent rendition, nice feel. Enjoyed it.
Keep it up!



Janhavee said

Rajesh and Meera,

Nice Romantic song and beautiful rendition.
Great Job! Kudos to Rajesh on polishing the track
and make it worthwhile…


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Radhika Nair (away) said

Meera – me being a pathos lover, would have loved a bit more melancholy in your voice :). Great singing, Meera! Loved the “kannaa…” all along.

Rajesh – that was very nicely done. Great singing and excellent feel, as usual. Really liked the “nee illaye” lines

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Surajit Chatterjee said

Great going guys, Meera & Rajesh. You guys sound terrific. Keep it up.


Krishnan N v ( nvk ) said

Brilliant singing by both of you… i am not too familiar with the original…To me you both were sounding too good…

All the best…


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Meera Manohar said

Thanks to all of you, well didn’t expect so many comments in such a short time! Much appreciated :)

Rosh— the word “resurrect” I found, aptly describes my sadness in not hearing him compose as much as before :) So, my humble attempt at bringing back his melodies to life in an otherwise techie laden music scene of today.

Pradip— My motivation to do this song was hearing your version… way long ago on your blog. I am so thrilled to find that you found it good, Pradip! Thanks for commenting


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Ramya Harish said

Meera, I am a great fan of this song and is in my to-do list too. Absolutely enjoyed it. Great job by both of you.



Vivek Mahadevan said

Brilliant song selection and aweswome singing you both !! I can enjoy the song as much as i enjoy the original….

Thanks much for giving this!!!


Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam (no longer active on muziboo- pl visit me at said

One of my favs…. very well done, both of you! Meera, I always thought your voice was very similar to Uma’s (ooradangum notwithstanding ;) )
Rajesh: the brigha in neeye (uyir neeye in the pallavi) could have been crisper.
Overall, great job guys.



Tara Balakrishnan said

hey meera…beautifully rendered by u and Rajesh. Loved the version!!

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Subbu said

out of the world……nothing more

Straight From the heart, Always


Meera Manohar said

Ramya— thanks a ton, Hoping that this song will still be on your list and I get to listen to it soon :D

Vivek— awesome… that you liked it! Thanks :)

Sindhuja— yeah, I know!! next time we swap roles for Uma & Swarnalatha LOL Thanks for the comment.

Tara— thanks much, glad you loved it

Subbu— many thanks for those words!


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Jenefa (inactive) said

Meera & Rajesh,

Excellent pick of song. Wow……Very well sung and it’s really a treat for me in the morning :)



Meena (on & off from muziboo) said

What a song to pick Meera.Very well rendered by both of you…Excellent!!!!
I am still working on this song for a post to come up soon as a duet:).


N.gopinath said

Meera & Rajesh,

Very nice work by both of you.Enjoyed the song.
Good luck

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Anup said

awesomeeee meera and rajesh….very nicely done….Rajesh heard a lot about you from Ajay….look forward to meeting you sometime soon…


Murali Venkatraman said

Why Resurrect ?! Raja is very much alive !! And his music would live even if he is to leave us.

Nice work you guys. Pleasant and unobtrusive. Straight to the heart.


Murali Venkatraman said

BTW, I do remember hearing this in Pradip’s voice. dont know with whom.


Meera Manohar said

Thanks Jenefa, Meena, Narayanan & Anup, for the comments and your time :)

Murali: Thanks for the comment. Glad you found it unobstrusive!

Also— a clarification on “resurrecting”. According to Mariam-Websters, it can mean the following

1. to raise from the dead
2. to bring to view, attention, or use again.

So needless to say, I have used it in the context of the 2nd one listed above. Thanks for pointing though. I am sure many had the same doubt! ;-)


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Kumaran said

Excellent rendition of this out of the world song. Goes straight to my favs!!!!


Srujana Nadella said

Simply superb Meera & Rajesh have done a great job…loved it & enjoyed it throughly.Definitly goes to my favourites.


Vamsi Nadella said

Excellent job guys!!…

Great expressions!!!….Great singing….Loved it. The track doesn’t look crappy at all. In fact i was discussing with Srujana other day listening to this song and she was saying the track was very good. Great job Rajesh on the track.

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Srini S said

first of all thenks for singing dis wonderful song.
Rajesh n u have done a great job with gr8 expression
s.wat i like in this song is raja sir’s brilliant n
otations.Each n every note is deep in my heart.very
soothing rendition.gudluck n keep them coming.



Arvind R said

Lovely one both of you.
Rajesh – “Sumayaanadhu!” … awesome there. Your singing and voice was great throughout.
Meera – amongst the ones I have heard of yours, this one had the best vocal quality for you. Voice is in the front as it should be. Your singing was very good as well. Just was looking for more free flow in your voice but am happy that I heard your voice clearly in this one. Good stuff.

Excellent one guys!.


Rahul Soman said


Nothing much to say folks. You guys are the best in Muziboo. Each song makes me admire you even more.

Rajeshji – The way you sang kanne. It was so beautiful, touched me.

Meera – You are a very versatile singer. I am really fascinated by your singing.

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Theagaraj Dhanapalan said

Meera and Rajesh

Nee pathi Nan paathi endru padal amainthalum iruvarum muzhumaiyaga migasirantha muraiyil padi elloraiyum thikumukada vaithu viteergal.

Excellent performance. I enjoyed well and goes to my favorites.



Violin Vinu said

Excellent rendition…this is one of my favorite songs, of raja sir…5 for you…


Dhiraj Barla said

Sorry again, never heard this before, but you both have sung this really well, Meera I especially liked your voice in this, its crisp and clear unlike your other renditions don’t know what is that you did different this time, Expressions and feel was excellent by both of you. Loved it guys, Keep up the good work.


Bodhisattva Dasgupta said

Excellent rendition…. Superb singing – both of u…


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Meera Manohar said

Thanks to all of you who have listened, commented and favourited this cover. Much much appreciated :-)

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Esakki muthu K said


keep singing.


Gowri Gopal said

wow wow… too gud… sounded very close to the original… tis is one of my fav songs… and 100% justice dont to the song… completely flawless… meera ur voice really suits for tis song… gud singing both of u…!! 5/5 from my side…!!!

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Priya B said

Meera and Rajesh…awesome singing ppl :-)
Amazing expressions….my fav. song a sure….5/5!


Uthra said

Meera and Rajesh:
Superb choice of song.

Meera, this suits your voice very well. Kanna was cute. Paravai… was it stretched a bit more? I have a song request – thendral ennai muthamittadhu…. (I think in Valachi raagam) don’t know what movie it is… also by Uma Ramanan and ? (not sure). Also, aagaya vennilaave (arangetra velai…). I haven’t listened to all your songs to see if you have already sung these!

Lovely voice. Valadhu, Idadhu… sounded like KJY. Liked the subtle variation in Naan illaye…


Meera Manohar said

Thanks Uthra. Thendral ennai muthamittadhu is by Uma & Deepan chakravarthy I think :) Will try it out. And as to Aaagaya vennilaave — the track I have sucks big time. Is one of my all time favourties. So will definitely do it once I get it.

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Vinod Bincy said

Very very nice song Both of u have very nice voice quality and very good singing talent.


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Ramesh said

raja raja than


Sriraman said

3 letters to sum it up……WOW


(( anil Aryanad )) here said

WoW! one of my fav.
nice singing both of u….
very expressive…:)
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Prabhu said

Your vocal suits the song… it resembles the original singer Uma Ramanan… Rajesh has picked some of the nuances of the great KJY very well.


Raja said

excellent song i like it…………


Nelson Peter said

hi meera super…………….


Sam said

Hi meera Superb voice.Nice attempt….Male voice is awesome…………Good

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