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Oonjal AadinaaL

8 October 2010 8 Comments

Hi All..

This is my 19th tamil poem.. This is based on a ritual which is performed in several south indian weddings.. A lot of needless research has gone into the poem πŸ˜›

On a serious note πŸ™‚

The bride and the groom are made to sit on a swing… and all the senior ladies (Sumangalis) of the family sing songs which are called “Laalee”s as they swing..

This seemingly meaningless ritual has a very profound meaning.. The swing (oonjal) represents the family life… (unlike the life of bachelor or Bramhacharya) The chains of the swings reminds the couple of their cosmic link to God.. The swing itself is moving.. It represents the ups and the downs in the world.. And the couples ride the swing happily.. together.. in a stable way.. In the process.. they mutually make a promise “I shall not leave you under any circumstance.. We will ride whatever difficulty that comes our way.. together with the help of God.. ”

So here we go.. My poem.. Oonjal AadinaaL.. describing the Oonjal ceremony of Kalai Azhagi.. The women who is an artistic beauty!!

Oonjal aadinaaL

Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai azhagi.. Oonjal aadinaaL
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagaaai..Oonjal aadinaaL..

SumangaligaL yelloorum laaleegaLai paada..
UravinargaL muzhuvadhum isaiyil kondaada..
Manmadhan kaiyil ivaL thaaLangaL pooda..
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagi..Oonjal aadinaaL..

Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagi.. Oonjal aadinaaL..
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Vaakkuruthi kuduththu.. Oonjal aadinaaL..

Iraivan aruLaal samsara oonjal aada..
Sanchala alaigaLil serndhu yedhir neechal pooda..
Ivar iruvar ini innisaiyil inanindhirukka..
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Vaakkurudhi kuduthu.. Oonjal aadinaaL

Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai azhagi.. Oonjal aadinaaL
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagaaai..Oonjal aadinaaL..


Here goes the translation..

The artistic beauty played in the swing..

It was an artist beauty to see her swing..

Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai azhagi.. Oonjal aadinaaL
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagaaai..Oonjal aadinaaL..

The Sumangalis sang.. The relatives danced..
She played in the swing holding the Manmadhan’s hand..
Manmadhan is the Cupid equivalent of Indian mythology..

SumangaligaL yelloorum laaleegaLai paada..
UravinargaL muzhuvadhum isaiyil kondaada..
Manmadhan kaiyil ivaL thaaLangal pooda..
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagi..Oonjal aadinaaL..

The artistic beauty played in the swing..
She made a promise as she played in the swing..

Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagi.. Oonjal aadinaaL..
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Vaakkuruthi kuduththu.. Oonjal aadinaaL..

With the grace of God.. we will play the marital swing..
Will face the oceans of troubles. together we will swim..
We will stay together in harmony.. like the great music..
She made this promise.. while she played in the swing..

Iraivan aruLaal samsara oonjal aada..
Sanchala alaigaLil serndhu yedhir neechal pooda..
Ivar iruvar ini innisaiyil inanindhirukka..
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Vaakkurudhi kuduthu.. Oonjal aadinaaL

The artistic beauty played in the swing..
It was an artist beauty to see her swing..

Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai azhagi.. Oonjal aadinaaL
Oonjal aadinaaL..
Kalai Azhagaaai..Oonjal aadinaaL..


My earlier tamil poems can be found here.

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8 Comments »

  • Prasanna said:

    It is good…eppo kalyanam?

  • Sundar Rajan G S (author) said:

    ha ha ha.. prasanna athimber.. always same questins.. πŸ˜›
    I thought u already got married one year back πŸ™‚

  • naresh said:

    awesome

    really superb work

    never knew the meaning of oonjal tght some kind of game which they play
    many many thanks for the meaning of the ceremony

    as usual my fav lines

    first stanza pinnita thaliva

    SumangaligaL yelloorum laaleegaLai paada..
    UravinargaL muzhuvadhum isaiyil kondaada..
    Manmadhan kaiyil ivaL thaaLangaL pooda..

    anal orey oru kora

    poem romba sirusa pochu
    πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S (author) said:

    Thanks a lot naresh.. Glad u liked it πŸ™‚

    Sirusa poocha?? ha ha ha.. Keep it short and simple KISS policy πŸ˜›

  • Vatsala said:

    nice work. so Kalai Kaadhalan has arrived. Apparently Kalai Azhagi also seems to be here, making Kalai Kaadhalan go on a roll πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S (author) said:

    @Vatsala: ha ha.. Kalai kaadhali hasnt really come yet:-) Just imagination only.. πŸ™‚

  • Prabhu said:

    Maga,

    Then you should see the video of the song Chentharmizhi from movie perumazhakkallam(Malayalam).You would visulaise your peom more in that song

    Prabhu

  • Sundar Rajan G S (author) said:

    Loved the video prabhu maga… thanks πŸ™‚