Today’s generation of music is hardly well… music. There’s a lot of masala, a lot of beats, a lot of beep words and a lot of a lot of things. To call them nonsensical might actually be doing them a favour. But who am I to judge right? Some of these music videos have over 500 million views each. Imagine a whole village, a whole town, a whole city, an entire country – all being brought up watching such trash. What will happen to their future?
Step into yesteryear though. Wow, what divnity! Not in every song of course, but more than today for sure. Here’s an outstanding composition I came across from a 1960s Tamil movie called Sumai Thaangi. The lyricist was the renowned Kannadasan – known not just for his amazing poetry but also for his deep philosophical thought.
I’m no Tamil expert, but these words from just the first 4 lines are as if straight from Heaven itself:
Manithan enbavan dheivam aagalaam [Man can himself become divine] ... really? But how? read on... Vaari vaari vazhangum bothu vallal aagalaam [By sharing his wealth, he becomes a philanthropist] Vaazhai pola thannai thanthu thiyagi aagalaam [By giving like a banana tree (no part is useless), he becomes an ascetic] Urugi odum mezhugu pola oliyai veesalaam [Like the melting candle wax, he can spread light to everyone]
We may consider our previous generations to be “old school”. But they actually knew the true meaning of life and how to attain it.