An inspirational song can be tuned in different ways. A Manoj Gyan can make it slow, yet effective in a thOlvi nilaiyena ninaiththAl and it can hit the notes in music and lyrics and inspire. Or it can just be an unbridled expression of rage, uprising and can inspire. The film, ‘Kann SivandhAl Mann Sivakkum’, we saw had a breezy duet a couple of days back. But that was the calm before the storm. A communist film cannot but have a revolution and here, the song is Manidha Manidha.
It starts with a violin tinged with sadness, for that is the plight of those rising in fury. It soon grows into a raging theme with drums providing the sign to march on. Vairamuthu is bang on cue here with some outstanding lyrics. The interlude brings violin sets in chord with the rhythm and inspires the troop along. KJY trumps everything in sight in the charanam and hits the high notes and with Vairamuthu’s words (இனி தேன் வரும் என்பதும் பால் வரும் என்பதும் ஜோசியம் ஆனதடா. அட சாட்டைகளே இனி தீர்வுகள் என்பது சூசகம் ஆனதடா), brings goosebumps just like that. This follows with just Manidha Manidha with the guitars and the bass. The calm after the storm, before another one picks up. Maestro!
Throughout the second interlude, we have the violins continuing in chords and the chorus through the charanam and the final pallavi, with their base voice, bring in the morbidity and danger associated with a revolution. Has there ever been a song tuned like this? I doubt.