Composition by Mari Muthu Pillai

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#1 Composition by Mari Muthu Pillai

Post by laya2 » 26 Jan 2018, 22:07


I know that this song was previously discussed. But I am sorry, I was not able to understand the part that I have mentioned below. Can somebody give me detailed information on this part please.

This is a song by MariMuthu Pillai. The song is "Eduku Ithanai Modi dhan"

pENNai = A woman (pArvati)
pAdi uDambAkki = making (Akki) (her) into one half (pAdi) of your body (uDambu)
kaLLum = alcohol (specifically, moonshine)
SumandiTTa = one who carried it/bore it on your back (a menial task)
paraiyan enrEnO = Did I call you a parayan (an individual from a low caste who performed menial tasks - dalit/harijan)

Did I call you a menial for carting caskets of moonshine on your back, with a woman in one half of your body?

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#2 Re: Composition by Mari Muthu Pillai

Post by rshankar » 27 Jan 2018, 06:48

I do not understand your question very well, but here is my attempt....hope this is what you are looking for

I think you have extracted this from this page.

If we look at this in context, this is how it goes from the pallavi - anupallavi - first caraNam (from which this segment is extracted)...

Edukkittanai mODi tAn umakku endan mIdayyA?

The pallavi starts with a question - mODi can mean arrogance, or discord, or a display of grandeur. Here I think it means unwarranted display of grandeur/arrogance/displeasure
The composer (or the nAyika) asks: "Why (Edukku) is there such (an excessive) amount (ittanai) grandeur/arrogance/displeasure (mODi tAn) (from) you (umakku) towards (mIdu) me (endan), my Lord (ayyA)?"

pAdip-piraiyai shaDaiyiTraritta paramE tillaip-pati naTEsarE

In the anupallavi, the identity of the Lord is revealed as: "Oh Supreme Lord (paramanE), Oh naTESarE/naTarAjA, of the city (pati) of cidambaram (tillai), bearing (dharitta) the crescent/half (pAdi) moon (piRaiyai) in your matted locks (SaDaiyil)!"

caraNam 1
jAdiyum tAyum tagappanum illAda taniyEnrEnO?
peNNAip-pAdi uDambAkkik-kaLLum shumandiTTa paraiyanenrEnO?
jAti bhEdamAip-piLLaikkuk-kuravar vITTirp-peN koNDIrenrEnO?
maraiyOdi vaNangum naTEsarE ummai nAn oppArumillAda tappiliyenrEnO?

In this caraNam, the composer (or the nAyikA) gives possibles reasons for the Lord to feel slighted OR be angry, and asks a series of questions: "Did I call you/say that you were (enREnO):
1) a loner/non-conformist (taniyan) without (illAda) a mother (tAyum) or a father (tagappanum), or even a clan/caste (jAdiyum) (to belong to)?
2) a low-caste person (paRaiyan) who made/converted (Akki) one half (pAdi) of his body (uDambu) into a woman (peNNAi) [1], and (like a beast) bore (SumandiTTa) burdens, including toddy (kaLLum) [2]?
3) a person who accepted (koNDIr) a girl (peN) from the home/dynasty (vITTir) of gypsies (kuRavar) for your son (piLLaikku) (as your daughter-in-law) with a difference (bhEdamAi) of caste (jAdi) [3]?
Oh naTarAja (naTESarE), who is declared as Supreme (Odi) and revered/worshiped (vaNangum) by the vEdas (maRai), did I (nAn) ever call (enREnO) you (ummai) a rogue (tappili) without (illAda) equal (oppAram)?

[1] Refers to Siva becoming ardhanAri
[2] Refers to the story of Siva, pArvati, and nandi taking the form of a low-caste laborer family - with Siva appearing to be drunk, and carrying a container with toddy, to test Adi Sankara
[3] Refers to the story of vaLLi kalyANam
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#3 Re: Composition by Mari Muthu Pillai

Post by laya2 » 28 Jan 2018, 01:42

Thank you very much.
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#4 Re: Composition by Mari Muthu Pillai

Post by Rajani » 07 Feb 2018, 21:38

I think the toddy-carrying refers to the incident in Somaasi-maara Naayanar. Please refer to the lives of the 63 Nayanmars for details.
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