“Kurai onrum illai…”
I was intrigued by this song after my friend, D, told me that she was trying to self-learn it. After listening to a bunch of recordings by the one and only MSS, I was quite unimpressed with the lyrics. I mean, every other line in the song is “kurai onrum illai” (no regrets). I am a lyrics snob. Cannot stand songs that are super catchy lilting numbers but the lyrics totally reek (like “ishq shavaa mushq shavaa”, WTH?). But, the delivery of kurai onrum illai by MSS was quite haunting, especially the recording that I heard, which must have been sung by her in her 80s. There was something deeply religious about it, for want of a better term. So, decided to learn it, lyrics notwithstanding. The lyrics actually grew on me after a while. After all, Rajagopalachari (who wrote it) was not your every day composer. Plus, he was only saying that he had no complaints and was not whining asking the higher powers for wealth and fame. Need to support positivity, no?
The song itself was v. tough to learn. What sounded effortless on the MSS recordings had me puffing and panting to get through. Still. Get through I did. Here’s my rendition of this amazing song.
A little more lung capacity would sure have been nice. But, otherwise, no regrets. 😉