Pattukottaiyar, Muthukumar, passed away too early
YESTERYEAR great Pattukottai Kalyanasundaranar and modern poet Na Muthukumar, who passed away prematurely, shared several traits in the art of creation.
Shot to fame by his simple lyrics for films starred by MGR and Sivaji Ganesan, Pattukottaiyar reflected the travails of ordinary life and picturized how the society was riddled by exploitation.
“Pattukottai Kalyanasundaranar’s lyrics were inspired by folk literature and travails of daily life whereas the lyrics of Na Muthukumar were a manifesta- tion of life tinged with literary traits,” said writer Suba Veerapandian.
“Both had shot to fame at a young age but were prodigious in thinking and imagination, enthralling millions with their simple verses,” he told Express.
According to Su Venkatesan, a Sahitya Akademi award winner, “The approach and method of using simple words to bring out great ideas took them to the heights of fame”. He noted that both carefully chose their words reflecting the depth of experience and symbolized simplicity.
“Pattukottai was guided by vast experience of daily life though he died at an early age, while Muthukumar earned experience through voracious reading,” Venkatesan said.
Born in April 1930 at a village, Senkapaduthankadu, Pattukottai in Thanjavur, Kalyanasundaranar became a household name with his famous lyrics penned for MGR. One would never fail to hum when hearing Thoongathe Thambi Thoongathe, Chinna Payale Chinna Payale Sethi Kelada, and Thirudathe Papa Thirudathe. Similarly, the songs like Aanantha yazhai meetugiral would also ring in the ears of music lovers forever.
Pattukottai Kalyanasundaranar died at 29 from cerebral haemorrhage after suffering from severe migraine for a long time.
Pattukottai was guided by vast experience of daily life though he died at an early age, while Muthukumar earned experience through voracious reading Su Venkatesan, a Sahitya Akademi award winner