For anyone who’s lived in Tamil Nadu in the 1970s, K.J.Yesudas’ Deivam Thantha Veedu must surely rank as the Keralite singer’s greatest song ever.
There was no way you could miss the song for it was constantly blaring forth from some loudspeaker (public address system) or the other.
The lovely song is from Tamil director K.Balachandar’s famous film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (Kamal Haasan, Phataphat Jayalaxmi, Jaiganesh, Sujatha, Sripriya).
If you understand Tamil, you’ll realize the song has profound meaning!
A haunting melody, the song penetrates to the core of the soul.
The Telugu version of the song is Devude Ichchaadu Veedhi Okati and the film is Anthuleni Katha (Rajinikanth, Jaya Prada).
No, we haven’t watched the Tamil film although we’ve heard so much of it.
We’re completely sloshed right now on a surfeit of Gilbey’s Gin and Ginger Ale but if we recollect right, there used to be even a Yesudas commercial based on the song.
Was it Vicks Action 500?
Another nice song from the same film is Adi Ennadi Ulagam by L.R.Eswari.
A peppy number for the 1970s, Adi Ennadi Ulagam was way ahead of its times
A lovely song interspersed with the ejaculation ‘Phataphat” (another of life’s tragedies involving the famous Tamil actress)!
Those who’re familiar with L.R.Eswari know that she used to specialize in these ‘fast’ songs.
Another easily recognizable song from the film is Kadavul Amaithu Vaitha.
This song too used to be blasted from loudspeakers in Tamil Nadu all the time in the ’70s.
Now, if you schmucks are curious, our other favorite Yesudas song is Meenkodi Theril Manmatha Rajan from the movie Karumbu Vil. We purchased this song from Apple iTunes and listen to it all the time.