Pat­tukot­tai­yar, Muthukumar, passed away too early

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - @ Chen­nai

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

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