Coimbatore: Papanasam Sivan, great music composer and singer, left an indelible mark in the field of music and movies with his magnificent compositions which remain popular even today.
Eminent music siblings D.K. Pattammal and D.K. Jayaraman were his disciples who made his compositions popular. Nithyasree Mahadevan, who followed in her grandmother DKP’s footsteps in singing Sivan’s songs at her concerts, shared her thoughts with Deccan Chronicle about the musician.
How do you feel on being conferred the title Sivan Isai Selvi?
It is not an award, but a saint composer’s asirvatham (blessings).
Can you recall your first brush with Papanasam Sivan compositions?
I must have been two or three years old when my grand uncle D.K. Jayaraman taught me Sivan’s song, Nambi Kettavar Everayya. I loved singing this song to all people coming home.
What is so special about Sivan’s songs?
I grew up listening to my grandmother D.K. Pattammal rendering the monumental compositions of Papanasam Sivan. I love those songs and they sync very well with my years of music tutelage and career.
The songs are pregnant with meaning which elevate the thoughts of not only the singer but also the listener. His devotional songs are matchless and I am able connect myself to his supreme thoughts. His imagination, approach and ragam and bhavam have made his beautiful compositions in simple Tamil a classic.
How is the response to Sivan’s songs now?
Good as always. On rasikas’ wish, I do sing some of his evergreen movie songs.
What more do you know about Sivan from your grandmother?
Paati used to say her guru, Papanasam Sivam, considered her as his first girl child. Every time he rendered a song for his disciples, tears would to roll down his cheeks. Such was his bhakti and involvement.
What are your favourite Sivan songs?
There are several. Some of them are Senthil andavan, Sivakama Sundari, Andavan anbe sakti tharum, Janaki Pathe, Siva Peruman Kripai Vendum, Enna Thavam Seythanai Yasodha and Naan Oru Vilaiyattu Bommaiya.