I was rewatching ‘Thaai Moogambigai’ yesterday and the awesomeness of Janani Janani aside, it has a cult Kohlapuresi hidden. The song plays as the hero is abducted by tribal people and is about to be killed when the sick heroine for whom he goes for help appears in an Adivasi dress (Goddess herself as the heroine), frightens the people bent on killing the hero and rescues him. And she frightens them through this song.
Watch for the tribal yelps that go with the music, aside from the rhythm that is peppy, the guitars seeming anachronistic here yet adding to the pep and the flute that slithers like a snake in the first interlude. The tribal feel is evoked is razor sharp. SP Shailaja does well. The charanam ascends like the Goddess in anger taking a viswaroopam. The repetitive chants of Kohlapuresi and amba amba… (that evokes an aattama thErottama) kind of sends a shiver with the wholesome pep that the end result is awesome. Terrific win!
This song was also a part of the ‘Finders Keepers’ album released by a British company that remasters and releases Ilayaraaja songs from time to time (already released about 4 albums in about a year and a half). It got tagged with a bunch of disco songs 🙂 and coming to think of it, it doesn’t seem out of place in a disco floor either.