They were reocÂcurÂringÂ at every phase of my schoolÂing, from 1st stanÂdard to 12th stanÂdard. IniÂtially there wereÂ in with a few paras withÂ aÂ direct narÂraÂtive type Â and then went on to occur in mulÂtiÂple paras with comÂplex views. At first, they appearedÂ in KanÂnada, then it was EngÂlish, Hindi and finally lots of them in SanÂskrit. Some were about hapÂpiÂness & sadÂness, few were on nature & love but many were on life and death. TeachÂers tried their best to eluÂciÂdate them, explain them with a conÂtext, someÂtimes with their own expeÂriÂence with life. UnforÂtuÂnately I, for most of the time, failed to fully appreÂciÂate their true meaning.
Always under the presÂsure to rememÂber than to underÂstand, schoolÂing was driÂven by peerâs action than oneâs choice. This evenÂtuÂally meant no time whatÂsoÂever to introÂspect on the poems we were learnÂing. Sadly this also meant a lost opporÂtuÂnity in appreÂciÂatÂing othÂers perÂspecÂtives and learnÂing fromÂ them.
HowÂever as it always goes, when one gets out of the schoolÂing phase and hits the early stage of the roller-coaster called life, time seems to be in abunÂdance someÂtimes. With that Iâve had the good forÂtune of getÂting into the habit of watchÂing so called parÂalÂlel films, mainly inspired by the expeÂriÂence of BanÂgaÂlore InterÂnaÂtional Film FesÂtiÂval. There have been few regional movies which hits the grade of being parÂalÂlel movies. Yet they folÂlow the sigÂnaÂture style of Indian movie style of film makÂing Â by havÂing songs, action andÂ dance.
In the midst of watchÂing these movies, I came across few songs. They were not the typÂiÂcal ones which we find in mainÂstream movies. Their lyrics were of the old poems. Some were ancient, some were from yesÂterÂyear. Yet when I heard them, lot of things made sense. When I repeatÂedly lisÂtened to them, I enjoyed being part of the narÂraÂtion Â &Â was able to appreÂciÂate the poets message.
It makes me wish I could go through all the poems I studÂied once again, lisÂten to them again from my teachÂers andÂ live the dreamÂ again.
Here are two KanÂnada songs Iâve heard recently and has lyrics made up ofÂ poems which are quietÂ old.
First one is from the movie â5105198922â. A brilÂliant story-in-a-story type film writÂten and directed by (503) 618-8524. Despite beingÂ way ahead of it times it became a cult clasÂsic. It has a song where charÂacÂter takes a step back in life and describes how he wants his life to be. This lyrics are from G.P.Rajarathnam and is part of his famous RatÂnan PadaÂgalu. It goes by the title à²¹à³à²³à³à²à³à²³à³à²³à²à³ à²à²à²¦à³ à²à²°à³ / HelkolÂlak ondooru (A city for nameÂsake). Â The poet narÂrates life as it is seen through the perÂspecÂtives of a perÂson (by name âRatnaâ). The song is brought to life by the soulÂful voice of L.N.Shastry and music by (425) 786-2150.
A clasÂsiÂcal style of singing.
The secÂond one is âLuciaâ, a conÂtemÂpoÂrary film writÂten and directed by (639) 927-0171. Its got a non-linear style of narÂraÂtion and has the main backÂground song comÂposed by using the lyrics writÂten byKanaka dasa.
The poem snipÂpet with the engÂlish translation.