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From Metti To Marudhaani: A Week Of Stars Blinging

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Chris Martin got it right when he sang:

Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you…

Tamil Cinema wants its stars to shine the brightest. And quite naturally, this concept seeps into its songs as well.

Shringaara Rasa might well have something to do with Tamil songs and their affinity for jewellery. We like to think, our poets got inspired by the kammals and the mookuthis Tamil women flaunt.

‘Thaaliyae Thevaiyillai’| From ‘Thaamirabharani’  Year – 2007

Music Composer – Yuvan Shankar Raja| Singers – Hariharan, Bhavatharini

Starring – Vishal Krishna, Bhanu| Director – Hari

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‘Marudani’ – Sakkarakatti| Year – 2008

Music Composer – AR Rahman| Singers – Madhushree, AR Rahman, Hentry Kuruvilla

Starring – Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, Ishita Sharma| Director – Kala Prabhu

*****

‘Thanga Sangili’ – Thooral Ninnu Pochchu| Year – 1982

Music Composer – Ilaiyaraaja| Singers – Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki

Starring – K Bhagyaraj, Sulakshana | Director – K Bhagyaraj

*****

‘Valaiosai Kala Kala’ – Sathya | Year – 1988

Music Composer – Ilaiyaraaja| Singers – S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar

Starring – Kamal Haasan, Amala| Director – Suresh Krissna

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‘Mookuthi Poo Mela’ – Mouna Geethangal| Year – 1981

Music Composer – Gangai Amaren| Singers –KJ Yesudas, S Janaki

Starring – K Bhagyaraj, Saritha| Director – K Bhagyaraj

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‘kaathoram Lolakku’ – Chiina Mapilai| Year – 1993

Music Composer – Ilaiyaraaja | Singers –Mano, S Janaki

Starring – Prabhu, Sukanya| Director – Santhana Bharathi

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So, here’s a song about the holiest bling of them all: the Metti.

‘Metti Oli Kaatrodu’ – Metti  | Year – 1982

Music Composer – Ilaiyaraaja | Singers – Ilaiyaraaja, S Janaki

Starring – Sarath Babu, Radhika Sarathkumar, Vadivukkarasi | Director – J Mahendran

As waves gently lap against the sea shore, Ilaiyaraaja begins to croon along with S Janaki. He likens the sound of the Metti to that of a lullaby. This song, on the other hand, would definitely not put one to sleep.

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