Is “Deivam Thantha Veedu” K.J.Yesudas’ Greatest Tamil Song Ever? Yes, Yes, Yes!

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 inΒ  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.

7 Responses to "Is “Deivam Thantha Veedu” K.J.Yesudas’ Greatest Tamil Song Ever? Yes, Yes, Yes!"

  1. gandhiji   January 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

    It could probably vie for the “Greatest Tamil Song” ever.

    Are you aware of LR Eswari’s latest song Responds:

    Godawful song & picturization.

    It seemed as if the singer had a hard object lodged in the throat.

  2. Aswin_Kini   January 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I am afraid I have to disagree.

    Yesudoss has sung many immemorable numbers during his lifetime, many in Malayalam, and some gems in other languages. Apart from him film songs, I will forever be grateful to him for rendering that beautiful Ayyappa song, “Harivarasanam…”.

    Coming to his film career, I haven’t heard much of his songs, but the “Pachai Kiligal Tholodu Pattukuyilo Madiyodu” song from the 1996 Movie Indian remains one of my favorite numbers over the years.

  3. Naveen   January 13, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Howdy SI! Howz the new year treating you? and how are you treating it? πŸ˜‰ Responds:

    Hello Sweetie!

    Howdy, we thought you’d gone to Mera Bharat Mahaan to meet your Nanbans and family!

    • Naveen   January 13, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Oh no! I am very much in Chicago. Not been online much lately. Will email. Responds:


  4. Naveen   January 13, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Nice songs. I like some of the songs that Yesudoss sung in Hindi. Wasn’t he the regular BG singer for Amol Palekar?

    I really like some of the older hindi movies from 60’s and 70s. They were no masterpeices but atleast they were simple and not pretentious unlike garbage like Players. The music from 60’s and 70’s are truly immortal – again simple and lyrical. Can you even remember the hideous junk most music directors expel these days? Responds:

    1. What a surprise.

    We used to have the Jaaneman & Gori Tera songs on a record, one of those 45RPM vinyl records we used to play endlessly on a ‘record player’ some decades back. Both songs were popular in their day.

    2. Yesudas missed one of the best known Amol Palekar films – Gol Maal.

    Listening to Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala Hai from Amol Palekar’s Gol Maal (1979) in the background.

    • Naveen   January 13, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Coincidentally my dad used to do the same – repeatedly play Janeman Janeman in the Gramaphone. Responds:

      Record players were quite popular in India during 70s and to some extent 80s too.

      Some people still swear by them & claim they render greater fidelity compared to tape, MPEG, iTunes etc

      • Naveen   January 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

        By the way, Hindi movies from 60’s and 70’s were also like this πŸ˜€ Responds:

        Thank God, Subhash Chandra Bose did not live to see this infernal nonsense.

        He’d have died of a ‘heart attack’ seeing the misuse that his Azad Hind Fauj (INA) was being put to by the subsequent generations of worthless Indians for whom he sacrificed his life.

        Most Indian movies are unwatchable trash – past, present & most likely in the future as well.

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