swathi muthyam – telugu

Swathi Muthyam (Telugu) also dubbed as Sippikkul Mutham in Tamil.

I absolutely have no recollection of where and when I saw this movie. Did I watch it in telugu or tamil, back in Andhra during vacations or at home in Madras on the VCR? Yet, I do know that I remember most of it. Especially the songs, a few dialogs and expressions.

Interestingly music’s always stuck with me. I would sing along with tunes I hear on the radio, street corners or any random place. Very many do it. The only difference being I never really got to listen to music of any movie(frivolous) kind while growing up. Mom and dad always frowned on movie music. Of course she’d love her old Suseela, Savitri and combinations, but movie music of the current generation being played on tape was absolutely banned. So it truly was a surprise (more to them) and even to me that I could mouth lyrics and hum along the song when I really wasn’t supposed to be knowing them in the first place. Especially the hindi or telugu ones, considering tamil was pretty much the only language floating all around us then. I guess, I must owe my taste and memory to all the tea kadais down the walk from home to the bus stop, the isthrikaran‘s little radio downstairs, the night time radio channels that the neighbor would play and I’d listen laying down on the roof under the stars, and ultimately who could forget Oliyum Ozhiyum on Friday evenings?

Coming back to this movie, there are very many scenes that have stayed with me. Kamal’s acting of course was incredible in many places and Radhika (whom I deeply admired) played her role with elegance. I mostly remember the song frames. The fun ‘Suvvi Suvvi‘ , the childish ‘chinnari ponnari‘, the dance-able ‘rama kanavemi ra‘ and the melodious lullaby ‘Lali Lali’. I remember sitting next to the large wall of windows in our Brussels airport apartment (gee, at the aiport indeed!! argh!) with my legs stretched out rocking the son to sleep while the daughter lay beside me, and singing them this song. I’d always mess up and stick the “kodanda ramuniki” well ahead of time! I wasn’t a singer per se, but the kids didn’t mind. Then. Now they just run.

Manasu Palike (manasu mayangum) is and was a favorite. It was downright sexy. With that out of the way, the words carry tenderness, desire, love and playfulness through the tune. This even if there was no visual to prod it along. They just sweet! The whole thing, music, words, actors, visuals. *sigh

Read or sing along if you know telugu (Thanks to a friend who sent it to me even without me asking. yay :)) or just enjoy the video. The tune and visual stay the same no matter the language, so it’s all good. I couldn’t find Tamil lyrics, and am rushing to meet the midnight deadline, so can’t wait anymore. Sorry! :)

Enjoy!

Movie: Swathi Muthyam – Sippikkul Muthu
Song: Manasu palike
Music: IR
Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry

27 thoughts on “swathi muthyam – telugu

  1. beautiful song :). I listen to it in Tamil sometimes and the lyrics are sooo damn beautiful… yeh downright sexy.

    One line I remember is “idhyil thodangu enakkul irangu, sogangal iru madangu” :P

    I guess we could also equate this song to “Mounamaana neram from Salangai Oli by the same director. very poetic.

    Yess I can comment now :D

  2. There were bunch of telugu movies which were superb then. Apart from this, there is sagara sangamam, sankara baranam.. with wonderful musics and dealing with art.

    Good times.

  3. O My God! This song gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. The lyrics are sooo beautiful, they evoke such delicate thoughts. And the ragam Abheri (Yay!! I got it right this time! And no, it’s not on the list you gave me ! :P ) is sooo divine! Ilayaraja – the music demigod; Sirivennela, Veturi – demigods of Telugu lyrics. They’re my idols! Among other songs that you mention, my favorites are ‘Lali, Lali’ (Sri ragam) and you ‘Dharmam Sharanam Gachhami’, which you didn’t mention (the beggar song – Sindhubhairavi ragam). The others ‘Ramakanavemi raa’ (Reetigowla) and ‘Suvvi Suvvi’ (Madhyamavati) are also lovely. Man the lyrics of all these songs are so sweet. I’m going mad, I’m rambling away….damn! I should stop now!

  4. stitha: lol, no insolence, he wrote it as a favor, who am I (considering my written telugu is as good as my greek) ‘correcting’ him?! :)

    hehe, no worries. Good art does that to people :) I don’t like the beggar song. Kinda weirds me out.

    LVV: Really? Nice! saw the Kannada version too?

    Sachita: So true, I think late 80′s and early 90′s were good times for Indian Cinema. I was torn between a couple of movies on what to post last evening :)

    Adithya: Gee thanks for jogging my memory! It was horrible just going by the songs alone.

    Praveen: Salangai Oli was my next choice if not this. :) ..and am so glad you can comment. The rest of the older posts need your ‘blessing’ too! :P
    Meena eh? She’s cute, but nothing like Radhika rt? ;-p

  5. I love the beggar song! It’s really nice – ‘into anto ichchina variki, ihame swargam, ledika maru janmam’ ‘Tellavarite koodu dakkaka, podduvalite goodu chikkaka’ – Waah! Waattay lyrics, I say! LOL! LOL! But yea, jokes apart, it is a really nice song! Exudes with the mendicant flavor, I agree. But nevertheless, it’s got touching lyrics (LOL at that again! :D )! I just love this song esp. coz it’s tuned in Sindhubhairavi ragam!

    ‘Enni kaallaku mokkamo, enni gadapalu tokkamo, Abhagyulam, anathalam’ – aaahaaahaaahaa!! Louwelee! ROFL!! :D :D :D

    PS: When you type ‘swatimutyam songs’ in youtube, this is the first song that pops up! ROFL!

  6. Rads- very nice movie and song.. and yeah, as Praveen said, the Tamil lyrics are amazing and very bold!

    oo btw, in ur first line “Swathi Muthyam (Telugu) also dubbed as Sippikkul Mutham in Tamil” – its Sippikkul muthu not mutham ;)

  7. Dinesh: Yeah, it’s ‘Suvvi Suvvi’ in telugu. They jump around so cutely! :)

    Daisy: LOL@mutham.
    There are too many ‘am’ endings flying around. Muthyam, mounam, geetham, mayangum – see, not my fault entirely. :p
    ..and the song has so many mutham‘s anyway ;-D

    Stitha, a friend: :)

    Max: That’s true. Who’s the kid here anyway? :p

    Praveen: I can imagine!

  8. aah! swaati mutyam. Ek se baDkar Ek paaTalu.

    okka clarification – lyrics cinaare aa seetaaraamaa Saatri gaaraa? I have it as cinaare in my database :)

    “Laali laali” has a special place in my heart as it is one of the few songs in suSeela – IR combo – absolutely divine. Add cinaare’s magnificient yet simple lyrics (This I know for sure!), you have a soothing melody.

    My personal favorite in the movie is “raamaa kanavEmira”. ee paaTalO padaalaa arthaalu theliyanappuDu kooDaa, I was instantly hooked on to the lyrics! The folksy rhythm based tune takes it to a different level, methinks :)

    ee paaTa (manasu palikE), as someone said full matter unna paaTa.. vinna age lO anta gaa ekkalEdu, ofcourse ippudu sooper anpistadi ;)

    Thanks for reminding a wonderful album!

  9. bookworm: The decision was hard to pick either or. I may post that too soon!

    deita DI: lol, what excitement :D
    re lyrics: I checked and that’s what it says. You know better about these, you could be right.

  10. Also for those who want the lyrics of Ramaa Kanavemiraa

    raamaa kanavEmiraa
    raamaa kanavEmiraa sri raGhuraama kanavEmiraa
    raamaa kanavEmiraa
    ramaNee lalaama nava laavaNya seema
    dharaaputri suma gaatRi
    dharaaputri suma gaatRi naDayaaDi raagaa
    raamaa kanavEmiraa
    seetaaswayamvaram prakaTinchina pimmaTa janakuni koluvulO pravEsinchE jaanakini
    sabhaasadulandaru padE padE chooDagaa sree raama chandra muurti
    kannetti chooDaDEmani anukunTunnaaraTa tamalO seetamma anungu chelikattelu

    musimusi nagavula rasika sikhaamaNulu
    osapari choopula asadusha vikramulu sagarida mani da ma ni ni
    musimusi nagavula rasika sikhaamaNulu tha thakiTa thaka jaNuta
    osapari choopula asadusha vikramulu
    thakajaNu thakadhimi thaka
    meesam meetE rOsha paraayaNulu nee da ma pa ma sa ri ga
    maa sari evaranu matta guNolvaNuluu aaha
    kshaNamE oka dinamai nireekshaNamE oka yugamai
    taruNi vanka siva dhanuvu vanka
    tama tanuvu manasu kanulu terachi chooDaga
    raamaa kanavEmiraa

    mundukEgi villandabOyi muchchemaTalu paTTina doralu O varuDu
    toDagoTTi dhanuvu cheypaTTi baabulani gunDelu jaarina vibhulu
    gunDelu jaarina vibhulu
    villettaalEka mogamettaalEka siggEsina narakunDavulu
    tama vaLLu vorigi renDu kaLLu tirigi voggesina purushatghaNulu
    ettE vaaru lEraa a villu ekku peTTE vaaru lEraaa
    ettE vaaru lEraa a villu ekku peTTE vaaru lEraaa
    ettE vaaru lEraa a villu ekku peTTE vaaru lEraaa
    aha ettE vaaru lEraa a villu ekku peTTE vaaru lEraaa
    aha ettE vaaru lEraa a villu ekku peTTE vaaru lEraaa
    takad taiyyaku taa dimi taa..

    raamaaya raamabhadraaya raamachandraaya namaha
    antalo raamayya lEchinaaDu aa vinTi meeda cheyyi vEsinaaDu
    antalo raamayya lEchinaaDu aa vinTi meeda cheyyi vEsinaaDu
    seeta vanka OrakanTa choosinaaDu
    seeta vanka OrakanTa choosinaaDu
    okka chiTikalO villu ekku peTTinaaDu
    chiTikalO villu ekku peTTinaaDu
    pheLa pheLa pheLa pheLa pheLa pheLa virigenu siva dhanuvu
    kaLalolikenu seetaa nava vadhuvu
    jaya jaya raama raghukula soma
    jaya jaya raama raghukula soma
    dasaratha raama daityavi raama
    dasaratha raama daityavi raama

    seetaa kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE SRee raama kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE
    seetaa kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE SRee raama kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE
    kanaga kanaga kamaneeyame anaga anaga ramaNeeyame
    kanaga kanaga kamaneeyame anaga anaga ramaNeeyame
    seetaa kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE SRee raama kalyaaNa vaibhOgamE
    raamayya adugOnayya
    ramaNee lalaama nava laavaNya seema
    dharaaputri suma gaatRi naDayaaDi raagaa
    raamaa kanavEmiraa

  11. can anyone please send the meaning of the telugu version of manasu palike and mouna melanoyi songs?.. re I’m tamilian.. i love both these songs tamil and telugu versions..hope to get the meaning soon :)

    • naushad, at one point I could do it and I’d do it more than happily. Am pressed for time these days, and these songs trigger memories :-)

      Will see what I can do.

  12. Wow..replying to a year old post, but couldn’t add my two bits about the great collection of songs in Swathi muthyam. Don’t know what, even after 25 years those songs strike a chord each time I listen to them. Especially Laali laali, Suvvi suvvi and Raama kanavemira. Ilayaraja is truly the king of melody! What a golden age it was for movies, with stalwarts like K. Viswanath, Kamal Hasan and Ilayaraja producing timeless classics like Swathi muthyam. Damn, I sound old already :)

    Btw, can anyone write down the meaning of the lyrics for Laali laali? The lyrics are available on the web, but most of the words are just bouncers to me!

    • Subhash, did you have to remind me that am growing old as well? :-) I just checked the year and wow, it is 25 years go, though seems very recent.. Memories re strong I guess.

      Yes, amen to IR and the visuals and movie making of those years.

      I’d started translating a few songs some time back and quit as I couldn’t afford the time. I probably should get back. Will try this. Thanks for dropping by.

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