wonderful post by a vani jayaram fan about 'POOJALU CHEYA POOLU TECCHANU" song from the film "POOJA"
The song I have chosen for this time is “Poojalu chaeya poolu theccanu” from the movie Pooja. This movie had wonderful music composed by Rajan-Nagendra. The music was a huge hit in those days as I recall my mother talking about it several years ago. This movie had most of its songs sung by SPB and Vanijayaram (probably one of the few telugu movies which had Vani as the main/only singer). The song itself was an original composition by the same music duo in Kannada called “Poojisalende hoogala thande” from the movie Eradu Kanasu. The original version had Janaki in it. Now while both these songs have the same tune, they are still different in some aspects in that Janaki and Vani impart their emotions differently. Imagine the bliss of people like me (and Saravanan??) when you listen to the same tune sung by two of your most favorite female singers!! The song itself is one masterpiece of a tune. So catchy, melodious and addictive it is, that sometimes I tend to sing this song in a public gathering even it is meant for a female to sing.
I think the movie had Vanisri and Ramakrishna in the cast and this song was picturized, I believe, on Vanisri as more or less an intro song.
VJ’s mature vocals suit the tone of this song. She sings it with fervour just as she does with every song she sings.
One of the less fortunate music composer duo which had very talented people yet who weren’t as famous as they should have been was Rajan-Nagendra. They were popular in the Kannada cinema, and later became quite popular in the Telugu cinema. I am not sure if they had anything to do with Tamil movies (our walking encyclopedia, Saravanan sir, should let us know if he knows anything). They had some very good movies in telugu. Their music was purely melodic and very touching akin to Ramesh Naidu, Salil Chowdhury, OPNayyar kind of music. Pooja was a super hit with all of its songs playing all over Vividh Bharathi and AIR Hyderabad.
To the actual song:
The song starts of with a lovely, pleasant alaapana by Vani which basically describes the mood/tone of the song in a subtle fashion. The song is constantly supported by the sitar. For some reason, sitar sounds very Carnaticish in this song. In the midst of the typical South Indian music arrangement and Vani’s vocals, the sitar lost its North Indian touch. Anyway, I am digressing too much…….
Poojalu chaeya poolu theccanu, nee gudi munde nilichanu
Thiyyaraa thalupulanu Raama, iyyaraa dharsanamu raama.
Vanisri is talking in plain terms with her god, Raama. She feels that she had come all the way with her flowers in the basket to worship Rama, and here he is with his doors closed. So she says, hey Rama, I have come to worship you with some flowers and I am standing right at the entrance of your temple. Please open the doors and let me have a darshan of yours.
Thoorupu lona thelathelavare
Bangaru velugu ningini chere
Tholikiranaala haarathi velige
Inkaa jaagela swami,
Iyyaraa darisanamu Raama
Then next see how she persuades her lord and tries to convince him in opening the doors. She says, the golden bright sunlight is showing up in the east and signaling the beginning of a new day. The golden rays of the sun are like the “Haarathi” to you, inspite of a haarathi already been given to you, why do you delay in giving your darisanam? Come on please open the doors.
Listen to Vani’s light gamakam-filled alaapana after tholikiranaala. Look at how seemingly easily she traverses up and down without a single note of apasruthi. Very enchanting, to me atleast. Also, one note I wish to make, although people might think I am getting too picky. In the word “jaagela”, the “jaa” is not the typical “jaa: in say Raja, Jannal etc.. This jaa is special to telugu in that the pronunciation is actually a cross between a typical “ja” and “sa”. Now, this is not care of by even people who speak telugu as their native language. Look at how careful she is in order that she sounds native!!! I feel very impresses and awe-struck when non-Telugus take so much care in handling these songs. Chitra and these days Sujatha again belong to that category. At the risk of sounding clichéd, “Those were different days when no compromise was accepted!!!”
Chenthaku cherchi laalinchevo
Nee padha sannidhi naa paliti pennindhi
Ninne nammithiraa swami
Iyyara darisanamu Raama
I don’t know if you will bless me or curse me. Or if you will take me (like a child) into your arms and sing me a lullaby. But I can tell you one thing – my place of rest is your lotus-feet. Swami Raama, I put my entire trust and belief in you, please give me your darshan.
Now this is a very simple song. Absolutely no profound lyrics or anything of that sort. Very down-to-earth piece and layman-friendly. And that is precisely one the reasons this song was so popular. And what makes this song outstanding is the vocals. Vani gives beauty to this lovely melody. And this is one of her favorites in Telugu. You always see her singing this song in all her telugu concerts. This song is a pleasure to listen to.
like the author, me too big fan of Rajan-Nagendra, Ramesh Naidu. ofcourse along with them, i also love songs composed by KV in old timers