Idugo ee janma needhani antunna vintunnava
-Ananth Sriram(Ye Maya Chesave)
Nenunnadhi annadhi guruthuki raakunda
Naa vennela vekuva anni nuvvaipo
Ee lokam kantiki edure padakunda
Naa lokam maikam anni nuvvaipo
-Bhasakarabhatla (Oka Manasu)
Paikentho anukunvugaa,Sowmyangaa vuntundhi
Thanathone thaanunte,Mathipoyelaa vundhi
-Krishna Chaitanya (Karthikeya)
Premane panchave,papala choosaave.
mana prema papayindileee.
Enduku ee pareeksha, evvariki ee pareeksha
Sriramuni bhaarya kaa seela pareeksha
Ayonijaki avanija ka agni pareeksha
Dasaradhuni kodalika dharma pareeksha
Janakuni koothurika anumaana pareeksha
Ramuni pranaanika, jaanaki dehaanika
Sooryuni vamsaanika, ee lokam notikaa
-Jonnavittula(Sri Rama Rajyam)
Bhaga bhaga bhaga bhaga bhogi mantale
Ghana ghana ghana ghana gangireddule
KaNa KaNa KaNa KaNa kiraNa kaantule
Dhaga dhaga dhaga dhaga dhanussooryude
Chaka chaka chaka chaka makarraasi lo merise murise Sankranthi
Monna meda meeda battalaaresthu Kooni raagamedo theesesthoo
Pidikedu praanam pindeselaa Pallavi paadinde pillaa…
Ninna coffee glassu chethikandisthu Naajukaina vellu thaakisthu
Metthani matthula vidyuth theegai Otthidi penchinde malla
-Ramajogayya Sastry (Attarintiki daaredi)
Evariki vaarai unte emundhamma, murali kaani vedhurai podha janma
Cheyi cheyi kalipe kosame hrudayam ichadammayi
-Suddala Ashok Teja (Murari)
Adugu thadabaduthunna thodu raana
Chinni yedabaataina kanta thadi peduthunna
Gunde prathi layalona nenu lena
I think there is no perfect time than now to recognize the unsung heroes of Telugu cinema, our lyricists. In an era where there is very little Telugu about our Telugu cinema, these are the torchbearers of our Telugu language. I have excluded the legendary lyricists Veturi Sundara Rammurthy garu and Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry garu as they have already gained their respect in cinema.
One thing I can say is that, it is unheard of anywhere in the world that a top director was inspired by a lyricist to make a movie like in the case of Surajyamavaleni Swarajyamendukani(Gaayam), Ardha Sathapdapu agnaanaani swathantram andhaama(Sindhooram) etc. Also top heroes from other states were inspired to learn our language to understand the writings of a lyricist like in the case of Kamal Haasan(Aakali Rajyam), Siddharth(Nuvvosthanante nenoddantaana) etc. Such is the history of our legendary lyricists and the ones I have mentioned above are the true signs of bright future of Telugu in Telugu cinema.
Next time you listen to a song with good lyrical value, take a moment and listen beyond the music for those “Aanimutyalu” written by these lyricists. They deserve the recognition and respect of every true Telugu cinema lover.
Let us know your favorite lyrics by these new generation lyricists in comments.
–Column by Rohit (Opinions expressed are his own)