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Friday, October 24, 2008

Sad State of Tamil Lyrics

It is quite fashionable to put lot of catchy English words (Shankar style) in Tamil songs. This has now gone to an extent where one has to search for the Tamil words in such English songs. Sample this song from the movie Rendu:

Mobila Mobila
நான் உந்தன் post paida pre-paida சொல் சொல்
நெஞ்சுக்குள்ளே கேட்குதே நம் காதல் ringtonea
காதுக்குள்ளே பேசுதே உன் பேச்சு voicemaila
என் குட்டி இதயம் தவிக்கும்
என் பிஞ்சு விரலும் துடிக்கும் 
உன் numberukku phone பண்ணுதே 
phone பண்ணா
Subscriber cannot be reached at the moment

There will be a day when the TN govt. will have to give tax incentives to promote Tamil lyrics. Till such time, the promise of Tamil preservation will be just an eye-wash.

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  • Hasn't it always been an eye-wash. I think, in the larger sense, languages will prevail or perish depending on how much use they provide. Some like Tulu and Sindhi are so very weak coz people disintegrated into different regions. Tamil will survive since people in TN are fervent about Tamil - but only so much as to communicate. I don't see too much future for puritanical tamil - the grammar, complexities, and the like.

    By Anonymous Govar, at 1:12 AM  

  • aren't you being hyper-critical..
    that was supposed to be a funny song.. and the words are meant to be english..thr r no substitutes for those words in tamil!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 AM  

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