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World Music Adventures #5: Why this Kolaveri di


One of my blogging buddies in India, Rajiv, posted this recently to his site. I just love it for what it is  – a great sing along song – and in Tamil and English. How cool is that? This will get you noticed.

The meaning of the song is from http://www.indicine.com/movies/bollywood/kolaveri-di-meaning/   and is …

for those still keen on knowing the meaning of Kolaveri Di. Here are some details about the song.

According to the composer (Anirudh Ravichander), who composed this song on debut, Why this Kolaveri Di means “why do you have this murderous rage against me?” When asked about the song, he says “(It’s) the tune (that) came first. Once I came up with the tune, Dhanush heard and sang the words. The entire process was over in 20 minutes.”

On why the Kolaveri Di is called the ‘soup song’, Anirudh says “Soup is a Tamil word used for guys who go through failure in love. Words like these are used by young guys in real life but in a song, we were introducing them. And these words have worked well for Kolaveri Di”

Lead actor of 3, the lyricist and singer of the Kolaveri song is Dhanush, who recently won the national award for his performance in Aadukalam. On his twitter page, when several fans were asking for the meaning of the song, he said “Soup song na love failure song. Soup boys na kadhal tholvi adaindha bangam boys. Doubt clear aa ? God bless”

Which in English means “Soup song means failure of love. Soup boys are guys who get rejected in love. Are your doubts cleared? God bless”

Here is the song. Pretty cool I think and something to get heads turning as you do the Christmas shopping. (If only the kids would get their heads out of the X-Factor there is some wonderful music out there.)

Now play the video in Munira’s comment. You know you want to.

22 thoughts on “World Music Adventures #5: Why this Kolaveri di

    1. Yeah, I think it’s great and your video is so so cool. I think we could have a global hit on our hands for Christmas. Everybody has to learn that routine and perform it at their parties. I’m posting your video link to my Facebook page to drum up some support. Above all— it is such FUN !!

  1. I know what’s going to be on repeat around here today! Thanks for sharing!

    I have a total fascination with mingled English and other languages. I vividly remember being in LA and hearing a radio station dj speaking in mixed Spanish and English — felt like I’d won the lottery! (LA was great for that kind of fluidity. Treasured memory: sitting next to teenagers at a Korean restaurant who were speaking in Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and English!)

    Last night I kept listening to Zee Avi’s “Kantoi” for the same reason. Look, someone made a singalong version of that too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOnoz-f43RI

    1. I love this video. Excellent great fun song.
      It must have been amazing listening to those teenagers in the Korean restaurant.Having those language skills must be awesome.
      I know a little Spanish and a bit of Italian but I could not even master mixing the bits I have.

    1. It’s great isn’t it. It’s got all the ingredients – great rhythm, simple chorus, bounce and a little self-deprecation to make you smile. If you were to search youtube for this you’d be forgiven for thinking that the whole of India is singing this at the moment. Apparently they’re digging it in Afghanistan (!) and there is even a Chinese version. It has been raved about on BBC Radio London recently. I can’t wait for it to break nationally in the UK. It would be amazing to have an Indian song in the charts (given our several million Indian population here).

  2. It’s amusing to see this song of all the million tunes Kollywood (tamil film industry) comes out with becoming almost ridiculously popular . Frankly despite being a Tamilian I really don’t like this song. I feel pretty murderous listening to these lyrics 🙂

    1. HI bakky, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I guess the song is getting to you now, huh. Sometimes songs just strike a chord ( no pun intended) don’t they – given that most westerners probably don’t have a clue what the song is about. 🙂

      1. O nothing much there with lyrics . Just the eternal rant of how men always suffer at the hands of women due to broken romances 😛 Hence the singer says that’ he is left with a glass of scotch in his hands and tears in eyes …. girl has white skin,but her heart is black etc etc’ .. Kollywood never likes to acknowledge that the reverse is equally true 😛 its a lil stereotype they’re terribly fond of using 🙂 . Im not trashing the industry . They do come out with really good stuff too . They just have some really annoying fixations they could do without 🙂

  3. O nothing much there with lyrics . Just the eternal rant of how men always suffer at the hands of women due to broken romances 😛 Hence the singer says that’ he is left with a glass of scotch in his hands and tears in eyes …. girl has white skin,but her heart is black etc etc’ .. Kollywood never likes to acknowledge that the reverse is equally true 😛 its a lil stereotype they’re terribly fond of using 🙂 . Im not trashing the industry . They do come out with really good stuff too . They just have some really annoying fixations they could do without 🙂

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