Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happy Pongal 2016 to all of you

Happy Pongal to all  of  you-Blessings to those younger to me  and Salutations to those  older to me.

P.R.Ramachander  aka  Raja  Thatha



The Pongal  of 2016 has come .It is a harvest festival  of  all round joy  of Tamil Nadu. Harvest festival implies that   the poor and the rich would all be joyous, . I am giving below translations of a village   song on how  to celebrate pongal   and a   great song from the  great picture Mahanadhi .Again  Happy pongal to all of you.

Pongal-How it is celebrated in village – a song

Translated  by
P.R.Ramachander

Vellayellam adithu vaithu  .
Veetai nangu mezhugi vaithu ,
Vidiyum pothe kulitu vittu,
Vilakku ondrai yeththi vaithu ,
Kolamitta paanayathil,
Kothu manjal katti vaithu ,
Andha panai thanai thookki,
Aduppil vaithu palaioothi,
Pongi palum varugayile,
Pongalo pongal yenbom,
Thengayodu j karumbum chorum ,
Deivathukku padaithu vaithu.
Ondru chernthu undiduvom ,
Odi paadi aadiduvom.


After white washing well,
After  cleaning the house  with water,
After taking bath at sawn,
After  lighting one lamp ,
IN the pot decorated by Rangoli ,
After tying  bunches  of turmeric,
Keeping it in the  fire wood stove   and pouring milk in it  ,
And when the  l milk boils and trying to ebb ourt  ,
We would say  “Pongalo pongal”
After offering the Gods, Coconut as well as  Sugarcane,
We would   take meals together ,
And play   singing  ,   running and dancing.

A great   song on Pongal from Mahandhi

Translated by
P.R.Ramachander

Hear this h great song   in



Pongalo pongal, Pongalo  Pongal  ,Pongalo Pongal   (refrain)

1.Thai pongalum  vanthathu  , palum ponguthu  , pattu  solladiyo,
Vanna Mangayar  aadidum  maha  nadhiyai poththi   solladiyo,
Indha ponni   thennattavarkku   anbin annayadi  ,
Ival thanneer   yendroru   aadai kattidum   deiva mangayadi  ,
Hey thayya   thiyya   thakku  thiyya  thakku  ,
Thai pongalum vandathu palum ponguthu  pattu solladiyo  ,
Vanna mangayar   aadidum  maha nadhiyai  pothi  solladiyo

1.The pongal of thai month has come. Milk  is boiling and ebbing out  , please  tell  a song,
Please tell a song   praising  the great river   where  colourful maidens  play,
This Cauvery   is the affectionate mother to the south Indians ,
She is a deva  maiden  who dresses herself in the  cloth called  water ,
Hey thayya   thiyya   thakku  thiyya  thakku  ,
The pongal of thai month has come. Milk  is boiling and ebbing out  , please  tell  a song,
Please tell a song   praising  the great river   where  colourful maidens  play,

2.Muppaattan kalam thottu  muppokam yaarala ,
Kal medu thandi varum  Cauvery neerala,
Chethoda cherntha  vidhai   nathu  vidathaa,
Nathodu sethi   solla  kathu  varaathaa,
Chevvazha  chenkarumbu   jathi malli  thottam thaan,
Yellame ingirukka   yethum illa vaattam thaan,
Namma sorghum   yenpathu  mannil ullathu , vanil illayadi,
Namma inbam  yenpathu  kannil ullathu  kanavil illayadi.

2.Who is responsible for three crops  from time of our ancestors ,
It is due to water  of Cauvery   which  comes crossing stones and hills,
Would the seed  mingled with slushy mud  not produce   seedlings ,
Would not  wind come along with the  seedlings to tell the news,
When we have gardens of red banana  , red sugarcane  , Jathi jasmine,
If none of them are  there it  would  be   only withering ,
Our heaven is in this mud   and not in the sky  ,
Our pleasure  is in our  eye not in our dreams  .

3.Thai pongalum  vanthathu  , palum ponguthu  , pattu  solladiyo,
Vanna Mangayar  aadidum  maha  nadhiyai poththi   solladiyo,
Indha ponni   thennattavarkku   anbin annayadi  ,
Ival thanneer   yendroru   aadai kattidum   deiva mangayadi 

3.The pongal of thai month has come. Milk  is boiling and ebbing out  , please  tell  a song,
Please tell a song   praising  the great river   where  colourful maidens  play,
This Cauvery   is the affectionate mother to the south Indians ,
She is a deva  maiden  who dresses herself in the  cloth called  water ,




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