There are multiple stories about how Ilaiyaraaja strongly felt about this album. He had composed seven songs in advance and was steadfast that he would give all the seven tunes to one single story/screenplay. Many directors asked specific tunes from the list, but he refused to give the songs to anyone.

R Sunderrajan listened to the tunes and created a screenplay based on the songs. It became one of the biggest hits for Vijayakanth, fetched awards for the singers, and the comedy is even popular till date.

Megam Karukkaiyile is an interesting song (like many other Ilaiyaraaja songs) – although the tune is folkish, it’s blended with a western choir style singing. The song is composed such that it’s like an “esapattu” between the male and the female group. But listen carefully to the rendering, the male chorus sings in western style while the female replies in folk. The styles are alternated to give you a complete fusion experience. You might think it’s a simple folk song, but this is fusion at its best.

Song Megam Karukkayile
Movie Vaidehi Kaathirunthal (1984)
Director R Sunderrajan
Singers Ilaiyaraaja, Uma Ramanan, Chorus
Actors Revathi
Lyricist Panju Arunachalam
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Megam Karukkaiyile
Megam Karukaiyile is a blend of Indian folk and Western choir singing in the same song. Brilliantly composed by Ilaiayraaja, it's from the movie Vaidehi Kaathirunthal

 

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