What is it to be lady like, and what does it take to be a thrill seeker? There are many facets to being a woman. In fact, it is great to be a woman. A woman is strong, powerful, resilient and never falls down – she offers strength and love to those around her. When hurt, she uses all the energy to do something amazing, something better. A woman simply never says quits. That is the very reason why womanhood is celebrated.
It is universally known that women are more superior beings as compared to men. There is so much truth in it. The same has often been portrayed and conveyed in some of the most magical Tamil songs till date.
The Mozart of Madras, A R Rahman comes in the top league in composing some amazing tunes for woman themed songs. There were several from Maestro Ilayaraja in the past, and his ardent disciple ARR simply adds up to the list. There is sensuality, strength, love, forgiving and even celebration in these songs.
Chinna Chinna Aasai – Roja (1992)
Absolutely a stunner this, the film also marks Rahman’s debut as a film music composer. Chinna Chinna Aasai went on to become a timeless rage across the nation. The song is also known up north as ‘Dil Hai Chota Sa’ with the dubbed version of the movie breaking all records. Sung by Minmini, the number captures the vibrancy and energy filled inside the heart of a young village belle.
Konjam Nilavu – Thiruda Thiruda (1993)
Talk about the great switch from innocent to seething sensuous. Konjam Nilavu is not only a breakthrough number, bringing in the new ‘synthesizer’ revolution. It also celebrates the boldness inside a woman – unabashed sexuality and fire presented stupendously well. Model and actress Anu Agarwal rocks the song visually, leaving behind many unhealed, broken hearts.
Kannanalae – Bombay (1995)
Sung by the great Chitramma, Kannanalae magically captures emotions of a woman in love against the society and all the odds. Picturised on Manisha Koirala, this song is all about a young woman’s unconditional feelings for her lover and the hope to make her dreams come true. The composition carries a surreal waft of Qawwali, creating a mind blowing rendition that is still heard with the same revel.
Snehithane – Alaipayuthey (2000)
A woman’s love for her beloved, offering everything that she has got and wanting to give – the total summation of pure love is what Snethithane is all about. Calling him a dear friend and sharing some of her unrevealed feelings yet – singer Swarnalatha does complete justice to this ARR music magic.
Munbe Vaa – Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006)
Nothing really beats this song when it comes to Tamil all time romantics – such overwhelming lyrics and music that even a rock should melt and fall in love after the song concludes. Munbe Vaa still reigns as the best ever in ARR romantic musicals. Sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Naresh Iyer, the song features Suriya and Bhumika. The effect is so real that you end up wondering – why didn’t they get married in the film??
These are the top five among many of ARR’s awesome jingles – celebrated by the women, for the women and made of women, in a true sense!!