Thursday, June 08, 2006

Godavari - Celluloid Sweetness

A movie that deserves more than one post. I hope to make atleast one detailed post in the near future. Actors, photography, music, lyrics and background score - all merge as harmoniously as the waters of Godavari, the Paapi hills, the hues of sky and the rays of the sun. Veturi’s lyrics are truly beautiful. When a lyrically challenged guy (me) could understand and appreciate (though not completely) the song “raama chakkani seetaki...”, it shows how beautiful the lyrics could be for those who can understand them fully.

eDama chaetanu Sivuni villunu...ettina aa raamuDe
ettagalaDa seeta jaDanu taaLi kaTTe vaeLalO

That Rama who could lift Siva’s bow with his left hand
Can He lift Sita’s plait when he ties the Thaali?

I would love if someone can post the rest of the lyrics. Or atleast give me the links. If it is with transliteration it would be good and if it has translation (even selected lines would do), it would be great.

Thanks Shekar Kammula & the team for not letting me down.

Check out the lyrics and the song here

For a more beautiful description (not review), check these Ramblings on Godavari

16 comments:

Sameera said...

hello mr cosmic voices
i added u to my blogroll

but i still dont know ur name

are u on orkut btw?

and as for godavari watched it last weekend

kinda nice...im not allllll praise for it the way ur though..

telugu songs have been lost on me forever..sad but true :(


one decent movie to be released when a lotta crap hits the theatres nowadays esp in telugu

Cosmic Voices said...

hi meera,

i found myself on ur roll. Thanks :-) Actually i too plan to update my roll, but laziness and search for a nice classification of blogs is putting that exercise off.

my name? I found two places where it has has been put. Let me see if you can fish them out ;-)

Orkut? et tu meera?

Hv 3 invites in my mailbox but still not attracted enuf to register....i find exploring ppl through blogs more interesting

and godavari? may be u should wait for the detailed post which badly want to make, but short of time..

i guessed that......no telugu songs on ur list... but may be the indifference of audience is equally responsible for the slump in the quality... anyways, may be u shud try songs of godavari, to begin with..

banu sanar said...

Waited for your comments on this and RangDeBasanti movie. You slipped that last time. But this movie I am "glad" I saw this movie. Seriously, in our small town, we have only 1 or 2 shows of any telugu movie and I watched this one. I liked many parts of this movie. One was the lyrics that you already pointed out. The other was the animation with the dog. It was irritating initially but it was a nice idea to implement animation in a live movie.
But the major attraction for me in the movie was the simplicity in the interaction between the two main protagonists. They dont have to say they love each other or anything but the rest of the ammammas, the cousins all understand and assume that they will get married. Just plain dumb. Or was it sheer innocence. Or is it my early morning blues. I can write acres of notes on this movie but not the right time.

Anyways thanks for the post, I get to write something whenever you make a post.

banu sanar said...

Waited for your comments on this and RangDeBasanti movie. You slipped that last time. But this movie I am "glad" I saw this movie. Seriously, in our small town, we have only 1 or 2 shows of any telugu movie and I watched this one. I liked many parts of this movie. One was the lyrics that you already pointed out. The other was the animation with the dog. It was irritating initially but it was a nice idea to implement animation in a live movie.
But the major attraction for me in the movie was the simplicity in the interaction between the two main protagonists. They dont have to say they love each other or anything but the rest of the ammammas, the cousins all understand and assume that they will get married. Just plain dumb. Or was it sheer innocence. Or is it my early morning blues. I can write acres of notes on this movie but not the right time.

Anyways thanks for the post, I get to write something whenever you make a post.

Cosmic Voices said...

there is lot more than that.. hope i would be able to make a detailed post on it as desired

Goofy said...

the first thing that i did after reaching hyd was to watch this movie (although it was after Pokiri...it heard Ileana and I could'nt miss it either). FYI I am in Hyd and am leaving on 25th night.

This movie was a really a different one. Although the lyrics is the last thing that i concentrated on...the shere photography and the beautiful locales was amazing. I think my next holiday is on Godavari...hope the tourism does commercialize it

But this soft love story did not strike much chords with me. Maybe it is due to fact that i could not relate to it even a bit
But am looking forward for your critical analysis of this movie.

How was the exam

Anonymous said...

Here is my attempt at translation

neela gagana...dhalavi chalana...dharani jaa Sree ramaNa

- Blue sky (prob referring to the complexion of Rama)
- Dhalavi Chalana( ?? prob ask a telugu pandit)
- Dharani Jaa (prob the one who bears the earth) Sree Ramana (as in Rama)

aa a aa a a a aa
madhura vadana...naLina nayana...manavi vinaraa raama

- madhura vadana (A body as sweet as honey)
- nalina nayana (lotus eyed)
- manavi vinara Rama ( Rama please listen to my request)

raama chakkani seetaki...arachaeta gOriMta
iMta chakkani chukkaki...iMkevaru moguDaMTa

- raama chakkani seetaki ( How beautiful Seeta is for Rama )
- aracheta gorimta ( Referring to the mehendi in her palm )
- inta chakkani chukkaki (For this beautiful star)
- inkevaru mogudanta ( Who else can be her husband )

uData veepuna vaelu viDichina...puDami alluDu raamuDe
eDama chaetanu Sivuni villunu...ettina aa raamuDe
ettagalaDa seeta jaDanu taaLi kaTTe vaeLalO

- udata veepuna vaelu vidichina ( The one who left his finger prints on the squirrel's back

Squirrels are considered sacred in India and are not to be harmed. They are even fed by many Hindu

families. This is mainly because of their association with Lord Rama.

An interesting legend explains the three stripes on the back of most of the squirrels. During the

construction of the Adi sethu (bridge) at Rameswaram by Lord Rama and the vanara sena, a little

squirrel also contributed in its own little way. It rolled in the beach sand and then ran to the end

of the sethu to shake off the sand from its back (chanting Lord Rama’s name all along).

Lord Rama, pleased by the creature’s dedication, caressed the squirrel’s back and ever since, the

Indian squirrel carried three white stripes on its back, which are believed to be the mark of Lord

Rama’s fingers.)

- pudami (earth or can be King as the KIng Janaka) alludu raamude ( The King's son-in-law is Rama)
- eDama chaetanu Sivuni villunu...ettina aa raamuDe ( one who lifted SHiva's bow in his left hand)
- ettagalaDa seeta jaDanu taaLi kaTTe vaeLalO (Can he lift Sita's plait while tying the taali)

raama chakkani seetaki...

erra jaabili cheyyi gille...raamuDaeDani aDugutuMTe
chooDalaedani pedavi cheppe...cheppalaemani kanulu cheppe
nalla poosai naaDu daemuDu...nallani raghuraamuDae

- erra jaabili cheyyi gille...raamuDaeDani aDugutuMTe
( It says the red moon is pinching Sita on her hand and asking her where Rama is)
- chooDalaedani pedavi cheppe...cheppalaemani kanulu cheppe
( It prob refers to the coyness of Sita, the lips say I have not seen him..but the eyes say I

cannot tell)
-nalla poosai naaDu daemuDu...nallani raghuraamuDae
(The dark Rama has become Sita's nalla pusalu, the symbolic black beads tht married woman wear)

raama chakkani seetaki...

chukkanaDigaa dikkunaDigaa...chamma gillina choopunaDigaa
neeru poMgina kanulalOna...neeTi teralae aDDu niliche
choopukOmani manasu telipe...manasu maaTalu kaaduga

- chukkanaDigaa dikkunaDigaa...chamma gillina choopunaDigaa
( I asked the stars, the directions and the tear filled sight, chamma gillina refers to just about

to cry eyes)

- neeru poMgina kanulalOna...neeTi teralae aDDu niliche
(In the eyes which are overflowing with tears...the tears itself are acting like curtains or barrier

to prevent them from overflowing)

- choopukOmani manasu telipe...manasu maaTalu kaaduga
( THe heart is asking her to show her sorrow...but you never listen to your heart)

raama chakkani seetaki...arachaeta gOriMta
iMta chakkani chukkaki...iMkevaru moguDaMTa
raama chakkani seetaki...

iMduvadana koMdaladana...maMdagamana bhaama
eMduvalana iMduvadana iMtamadana praema

- induvadana (indu is blue lotus or lakshmi, so prob referring to Sita as Lakshmi or who has the

body as soft as the blue lotus)
- koMdaladana (It sounded like kundaradana when I heard it..so prob who is like gold as kunda is

gold)
-maMdagamana (Its manda gamana..prob referring to her gait...a woman who walks slowly)
- bhaama (woman or a passionate woman)

- eMduvalana (Why)
- iMduvadana (Its actually Induvadana and same as above)
- imtamadana ( inta madana - so much turmoil in your heart...madana - also means kama )
- prema ( as in love...inta madana prema probably refers to the passion in her heart )

Cosmic Voices said...

Fantabulous ..... :-)

If I knew that there existed such kind souls who would give such patient and detailed response, then I would start a blog exclusively to post my lyrical requests.

Incidentally, I too hear it as 'kundaradana', though it might be because I am acoustically challenged, slightly.

Idhe oopu lo Uppongele Godavari kooda translate chesthe ..... ;-)

Once again......my deepest gratitude

Anonymous said...

thts a lil difficult...but will try

Cosmic Voices said...

I shall look forward to it.....thanks

Anonymous said...

http://www.telugubiz.net/lyrics/godaavari1.php

shaDjamaM bhavati vEdaM

Sa : Shadjamam : this is the base note of the octave, the name Shad-ja itself
meaning "giving birth to next 6 notes".

sa ni vedam la pujiyalli (got it from one of my friends who learnt classical music)


paMchamaM bhavati naadaM

P : Panchamam as in Pa in Sarigamapadanisa

pachamam anedi paata ku naadam ani antte rhythm

Sruti SikharE nigamaharE swaralaharE

So it means if u treat Sa like Vedam and Pa like rythm then using the correct sruti you can create
a Swaralahari (Kudos to my friend to help me translate this)


uppoMgelE gOdaavari oogiMdilE chElO vari

- Godavri rose and vari is the rice fields so the rice fields were swaying when Godavari rose

bhoodaarilO neelaambari maa seemakE cheenaambari
- its like the neelamabari raagam on the earth or smthn like the blue sky on earth
- maa seemake cheenaambari ante probably he is referring to the green rice fields being like the silk spread in the valley

vetalu teerchu maa dEvEri vEdamaMTi maa gOdaari

- the goddess who takes away all out troubles or woes and who is like the vedam...Godavari is equated to the vedas

Sabari kalisina gOdaari raama charitakE poodaari

- The banks of the Godavari river where Sabari met Rama and it paved the way to the Rama charitha or Ramayana where Rama eats the frutis offered by Shabari

vEsey^ chaapa jOrusEy^ naava

- Veesay chapa is the sail that moves with the force of the wind and the the boat moves ahead

baaru sEy^ vaalugaa chukkaanE choopugaa

- It goes ahead seeking its direction from the star

bratuku teruvu edureetagaa

- Its like our life going against the waves.

saavaasaalu saMsaaraalu chilipi chilaka jOsyaM

- He is referring to the life on the boat ...so saavasalu as in friendships..samsaaralu as in families n chilipi chilaka josyam, the naughty parrot predicting your future

vEsE aTlu veyyaMgaanE laabhasaaTi bEraM

- Referring to the dosas on the boat that is a profitable business.

iLLE ODalaipOtunna iMTi panula dRSyam

- Again referring to the activities on the boat which are quite similar to the chores at home

aarEsETi aMdaalanni aDigE neeTi addaM

- Probably referring to the spices or colourful clothes left to dry and the reflection of which is on the water...so its the water that is asking for the beautiful things on the boat.

EM taggiMdi maa raamayya bhOgaM
ikkaDa nadi oorEgiMpulO paDava meeda laagaa
prabhuvu taanu kaadaa

- What should be less in Lord Rama's prosperity here...Is he not the lord in the procession on the river?

gOdaaramma kumkaMboTTu diddE mirapa erupu

- Refers to the dried chilis tht look like Godavari's bottu

-The rains bring along the silt and the sediment from the highlands. The river changes its hue from clear to red in an instant (idlebrain)

laMkaanaathuDiMkaa aaganaMTu panDlu koruku
- Refers to the anger of Ravana when comes to Panchavati to take Seeta to Lanka where he is upset abt Seeta not crossing the lakshmana rekha to give him alms.

choosE choopu EM cheppiMdi seetaa kaaMtaki

- What did the hues tell Seeta or wat did the sight tell her...was it the impending danger?

saMdEhaala mabbE paTTe choosE kaMTiki

- The eye could see a cloud of doubts

lOkaM kaani lOkaMlOna EkaMtaala valapu

- Probably referring to the alternating current that fascinates a person or it might be a person is transgressed into a different world that fascinates him.

ala pApi koMDala nalupu kaDagalEka navvu tanaku raagaa

- Godavari laughs because she cannot remove the darkness of the Papi mountains along side tht it flows

I like this description from idlebrain

As the river moves a little further up, "pApi konDalu" proudly stand on either side, observing all the action from high atop. The clear river snakes alongside the dark hills, greeting it as a dear old friend who has stood tall by its side all this time, as a great testament to eternal friendship. "konDala maTTini kaDigaesi, nalupu niganigalu virichaesi, koTTukuni pOvu gOdAri, kashTAla neeDaerchu rahadaari"

Cosmic Voices said...

It was a translation that was truly worth waiting for. :-)

Thanks a million.

I think you should start a blog exclusively for translation of lyrics. You can count me as a regular visitor.

Anonymous said...

I will do so..when I have loads of patience to do so

Vamsy said...

Hi,

I should appreciate Anonymous efforts at transliteration, but I am a little disappointed that its a very rudimentary transliteration. There is a lot more to the lyrics than just that. In fact, the essence of the romance is lost in Rama chakkani sita ki when you transliterate. If you consider the lyrics : "udatha veepuna vellu... etthagalada seeta jadanu thaali katte velalo" - This is one most soothing and romantic lines that describes what a knockdown beauty Sita is by elevating the strength and valor of Rama. Another example: "Pudami alludu" - Sita (or Janaki), is the daughter of the soil (remember King Janaka found Sita while tilling the soil), and hence Rama is the son-in-law of Earth (Anon almost got there but am just pointing where the exact intent was).

Also, with "Uppongale Godavari" - lot of instances where the literal meaning doesnt work and you have take it in context of the spirit of the song. "Sabari kalisina Godavari" - Not many know that Sabari is a tributary of Godavari and meets it at Kunavaram(I am from that place). The whole song is more of a tribute to the life and times of the mighty Godavari and the people who are dependent on it.

Please dont take it that I am finding fault here. I am just saying that transliteration takes out most of the spirit and romance of the song in this case.

Cosmic Voices said...

@ Vamsy

I am not sure if the "Anonymous" visits this blog anymore these days. Anyways, I would love if you can give your prespective on the songs.

Anonymous said...

This is so sweet. It is wonderful to see the meaning all in one place. Saved me lot of time as I started putting the meaning together.

My daughter's dance teacher (Tamilian) is doing choreography for this song and this is of immense help.