Odi Vilayadu Pappa: A Classic Tamil Song for Children
Odi Vilayadu Pappa is a popular Tamil song for children that was written by the renowned poet and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati. The song encourages children to play, study, and enjoy life while being honest, brave, and patriotic. The song has 16 verses that describe various aspects of nature, culture, and values.
The song was first published in 1917 in the magazine India run by Bharati. It was later included in his collection of poems titled Panchali Sapatham. The song has been adapted into various forms of media, such as films, television shows, and books. One of the most famous adaptations was the 1959 film Odi Vilaiyaadu Paapa directed by V. Srinivasan (who later became popularly known as Muktha Srinivasan) and produced by the studio Jagajothi Films. The film starred Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, T. S. Balaiah, and M. N. Rajam in the lead roles.
The song has also been translated into several languages, such as English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Telugu. The song is widely sung by children and adults alike in schools, cultural events, and festivals. The song is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Bharati's poetry and a symbol of Tamil pride and identity.
Here are the lyrics of the song in Tamil along with their English translation:
ààà àµààààààà àªààªààªà,àà àààààààààààà àààààà àªààªààªà,àààà àµààààààà àªààªààªà,ààà ààààààààà àµààààà àªààªààªà.Run and play, child,You should not be lazy, child,Play together, child,Do not leave out any child.
... (The rest of the lyrics are omitted for brevity) ...
Like a little sparrow- You fly around, child,
... (The rest of the translation is omitted for brevity) ...
If you want to download the lyrics in Tamil Pdf format, you can click on this link[^1^]. You can also listen to the song online or watch the film on YouTube.
Odi Vilayadu Pappa is a timeless song that inspires children to be happy, healthy, and virtuous. It is a tribute to Bharati's vision of a free and prosperous India where children are the future leaders.
Subramania Bharati was not only a poet, but also a journalist, a teacher, a freedom fighter, and a social reformer. He worked as a journalist with many newspapers, including The Hindu, Bala Bharata, Vijaya, Chakravarthini, the Swadesamitran and India. He wrote articles on various topics, such as politics, culture, religion, education, and women's rights. He also edited and published several magazines, such as India, Vijaya Bharatam, and Karma Yogi. He was one of the first Tamil writers to use journalism as a medium to propagate his views and ideals. [^1^] [^2^]
Subramania Bharati was also an ardent patriot and an active participant in the Indian independence movement. He was influenced by the teachings of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Aurobindo Ghose, and V.O. Chidambaram Pillai. He wrote many songs and poems that kindled the spirit of nationalism and patriotism among the masses. He also supported the Home Rule Movement and the Non-Cooperation Movement. He faced many hardships and persecutions from the British government for his revolutionary activities. He had to flee to Pondicherry, a French colony, where he lived in exile from 1910 to 1918. He returned to India in 1919 after the end of World War I and continued his struggle for freedom until his death in 1921. [^1^] [^2^] [^3^]
Subramania Bharati was also a visionary and a reformer who advocated for social change and progress. He fought for the emancipation of women, against child marriage, vehemently opposed the caste system, and stood for reforming society and religion. He was also in solidarity with Dalits and Muslims. He believed that education was the key to empowerment and enlightenment. He wrote many poems and essays that expressed his views on these issues. He also inspired many other Tamil writers and poets who followed his footsteps. He is regarded as one of the greatest Tamil literary figures of all time and a symbol of Tamil pride and identity. [^1^] [^2^] [^4^] a474f39169