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Yengal Nattkkenda

Signature Songs

In 1947, there was another film, "Mahatma Udhangar" directed by G. Pattu Iyer. D. K. Pattammal sang two songs in this film. " Kaana Aaval Kondengumen Iru Vizhigal...’ (Ragam Mohanam), and " Kunchitha Paadham, Ninainthu Urugum….’ (Ragam Kambodhi). The lyrics were by Papanasam Brothers, Sivan and Rajagopala Iyer, and music by S. V. Venkataraman and T. R. Ramanathan.

Pattammal also sang for an entertaining comedy in 1948, "Pizhaikkum Vazhi" produced by the noted comedian, T. S. Durairaj who also played the lead role. It was directed by A. Mitradas who directed Tamil and Sinhala films for T. R. Sundaram and his Salem -based Modern Theaters. Pattammal sang two songs written by Madurai G. Sundara Vaathiyaar and composed by G. Aswathamma. One of them is worth mentioning. It highlighted the Indian nation, her perennial rivers, culture, poets and all. A sampler...

Engal Naattukku Endha Naadu Eeedu
Perinba Gnana Veedu
Gangai Yamunai Porunai Kaveriyum Paayum
Thellum Thamizh Vedam Tharum Valluvar Ennaadu
Allum Kavi Avvai Kamban Avatharitha Naadu
Saanthithanil Neenthum Vuyar Gandhi Innaadu
Therntha Veerar Nethajiyum Nehruvum Engal Naadu !

The song had a pleasing melody and Pattammal's facile singing added grace and polish to it.

Another film of significance but not popular, highlighting the Indian Freedom Struggle was A. K. Chettiar's compilation movie on Mahatma Gandhi. One of the earliest Indian globe -trotters Chettiar, a Gandhian traveled to many countries collecting footage and also shooting fresh scenes. Pattammal sang "Aadu Raattey.." Being a documentary the film was not popular and did not get the attention it richly deserved.

A forgotten film in which Pattammal sang was "Lavanya"(1951). The film with T. E. Varadan, Kumari Vanaja, Kumari (no longer, 'Baby!') Kamala, Suryaprabha and Pulimoottai Ramasami sank with no trace. Pattammal sang songs in Tamil and Sanskrit in Chittoor V. Nagaiah's Telugu film classic "Thyagaiah" and a few other forgotten films.

By
Randorguy