Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Sivaji’s Moving Yaar Antha Nilavu by MS Viswanathan 1965

Yaar Antha Nilavu Sivaji Ganesan Tamil Movie Santhi 1965

Santhi is a 1965 Indian Tamil movie directed by the famous A. Bhim Singh and starred by Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan. It is known for a particular song and the story behind it because the story was told by Maestro M. S. Viswanathan (MSV) himself. Image source: Youtube

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Mesmerising Kovil Mani Osai by Ilaiyaraaja 1978

Kizhakke Pogum Rail Tamil Song Kovil Mani Osai Ilaiyaraaja 1978

Kizhakke Pogum Rail (transl. Eastbound Train) is a 1978 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film, directed by Bharathiraja, starring newcomers Sudhakar and Raadhika. The film had a musical score and songs by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 10 August 1978. Image source: Amazon

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Mesmerising Aattu Kutti by Ilaiyaraaja 1977

Aattu Kutti 16 Vayathinile Tamil Song Kamal Haasan Sri Devi

16 Vayathinile (translated as At Age 16) is a 1977 Tamil movie written and directed by Bharathirajaa in his directorial debut.

The movie included a number of big and new stars namely Kamal Haasan as retarded Chappani, Sridevi as Mayil and Rajinikanth (his famous line – ithu eppendi irruku) who often with his man, the funny Goundamani. K. Bhagyaraj worked in this movie as an assistant director to Bharathirajaa. Image source: Twitter

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Mesmerising Thaalattudhe Vaanam by Ilaiyaraaja 1981

Kadal Meengal 1981 Tamil Kamal Haasan Movie Thaalattudhe Vaanam

Kadal Meengal was a 1981 Tamil movie starring Kamal Haasan, Sujatha, Nagesh and Swapna. Kamal Haasan in a dual role as father & son on opposite sides with the younger Kamal Haasan bent on taking revenge. Image source: IMDB.

Unfortunately, this movie was not the highlight of Kamal Haasan in his string of blockbusters but stands out for Ilaiyaraaja’s classic songs.

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Revisiting Classic Kanmaniye Kadhal Enbathu by Ilaiyaraaja 1979

Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai Rajinikanth Kanmaniye Kadhal Enbathu Song Tamil

The 1979 movie starring Rajinikanth titled Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai is still one of the best movies starring Rajinikanth and one great song from Ilaiyaraaja. Yes, life can be unfair, harsh and lopsided and there are plenty of examples in this movie. Poster source: Awesome Machi

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Romantic Kaniya Kaniya Mazhalai by MS Viswanathan 1960

tamil movie mgr padmini Mannathi Mannan

Let’s go back almost 60 years back to 1960 and this particular movie titled Mannathi Mannan which is a 1960 Tamil movie starring M. G. Ramachandran, Anjali Devi and Padmini in the lead roles and with music scored by Maestro MSV. The story for the movie was actually written by the famous poet Kannadasan. Image source: Amazon

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Ennadi Meenakshi by Ilaiyaraaja 1978

Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu Tamil Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan was already a big star in the Tamil movie industry in the 1970s and have acted in a number of movies which has some of the best songs composed by Maestro Illayaraaja and Maestro MSV. Image source: Youtube

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Ponnoviyam Kandenamma by Illaiyaraaja 1981

Kazhugu Illayaraaja Tamil Music

Kazhugu is a Tamil movie that came out in 1981 starring Rajinikanth and was directed by S. P. Muthuraman with music scored by maestro Illayaraaja. It will be 40 years since this movie first came out and yet the songs from that era are still fresh and can still engage any generation of music lovers like it was yesterday. Image source: Rajinifans

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Nostalgic Tamil Song 101: Classic Kadhal Oviyam by Ilaiyaraaja 1981

Alaigal Oyivathillai Tamil Karthik Radha Song Bharathiraja

I thought it is best to start the year with a Tamil classic from the early 1980s which has some of the best soundtracks by Illayarajaa. Image source: Amazon

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Technology 101: Still Remember Your Dolby Noise Reduced Songs?

Dolby NR TDK Cassette Tape

If one needs to listen to a particular song back in the 1980s, you will record them yourself either from the radio using blank TDK cassette tapes (encoded with Dolby Noise Reduction) or get it recorded in one of the many recorded cassettes selling shops out there. Image source: Wikipedia

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