Music is the essence of all creations, and it exists in each one of us. Like the sense of smell, music is God's gift to mankind.
It stimulates us, soothes us, and at times even commands us. Moreover, it has the power to be exquisitely delicate or wildly noisy- ranging from the sound of the heartbeat to a horrific war cry. Music is an important part of people’s way of life and Inspirational Tamil Songs are part and parcel of Tamil film music scene.
In other words, motivational songs are those songs that raise your hope, lift your spirits even when you feel let down. Moreover, over the years, there are various inspiring motivational songs from the most renowned Indian composers.
Here, in this article, we have presented top 10 soul-stirring Inspirational Songs in Tamil cinema based on the lyrical value, music, and popularity of songs.
|Lyrics||Kutty Revathi and A.R.Rahman|
Many of us are aware of the fact that A.R Rahman is a well-known film composer, fondly referred to as “Isai Puyal” (A Musical cyclone) but his penchant for writing lyrics and also collaborating with other songwriters is another dimension brought out exceptionally well in this song.
The song “Nenje Ezhu” starts with a nice foot tapping rhythm instantly drawing the listener to the song. Rahman has deftly used string sections and acoustic drums and this has immediately made it universal in its appeal.
As the title suggests, the song attempts to bring hope and move out of deepest despair longing in one’ heart. The backing chorus adds more charm and attraction to the simple yet catchy tune.
A.R. Rahman rocks throughout the song with his passion filled voice, portraying the lyrics like a seasoned painter. Overall, a pleasing composition from the “Mozart of Madras”, unbound and crafted well for universal consumption.
A stellar composition by A.R Rahman and the song was written by erstwhile noted lyricist and poet Valli. Known for his uncanny ability to come up with words even for the most difficult music notations, Valli was a class apart. Even in this song, the message is loud and clear- Never give up.
This song creates an awesome positive vibe, a sense of urgency, and adding a cherry to the cake, Rahman’s rustic full-throated energetic singing elevates the song to a different level altogether. The intelligent use of heavy instruments and electronic music fuels the adrenalin rush.
The song shines in totality, without any doubt for the soulful singing by the composer himself and for the inspirational lyrics.
|Film||Unnal Mudiyum Thambi|
|Singer(s)||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
Indian music scene is blessed to have music composers who are not only known to create mesmerizing songs but also inspirational, and moreover appeal to the call of the soul from within and Ilaiyaraja is one such master composer who touches every string of the heart with his divine, soulful compositions.
When we talk about Illayaraja Tamil hit songs, the duo of Illayaraaja and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam have produced unbeatable magic with their musical prowess.
Words are few to describe a musical genius like Ilaiyaraja. The song starts with a nice folkish rhythm and till the song ends the tempo never slows even for a breather.
Rich flute interludes combined with a nice solid tabla in the background adds more life to the composition. The excellent string section provides all the much-needed ingredients to make this song a superhit composition.
For his merciful singing, the singer shines graciously with his style and diction. In Essence, a gem of a song from the master composer, Ilaiyaraja.
The song OvvoruPookalume is a National Award winning Tamil Song which was sung by famous Indian singer K.S.Chithra. The song is composed in the Carnatic raga Sindhu Bhairavi by the composer Bharathwaj.
This song is a soulful melody rendered beautifully in the mellifluous voice of accomplished playback singer K.S Chithra. With deep powerful lyrics inspiring the listeners to achieve much more in life, it is a clarion call to shed all the insecurities and proceed forward.
Filled with inspirational quotes, the lines of this song were included in the MKU (Madurai Kamaraj University) syllabus. Singer K.S.Chithra was awarded the Best Female Playback in the National Film Award 2004 for her rendition followed by the lyricist Pa.Vijay receiving the Best Lyricist National Award 2004.
|Singer(s)||K. J. Yesudas|
The soundtrack and film’s score was brilliantly composed by Indian music maestro Ilaiyaraaja. This movie marked the entry of veteran film singer K.S. Chithra to the Tamil film music scene. Another highlight is music composer Ilaiyaraja won Best Music Direction at the National Film Awards.
This song was written by Indian social reformer, poet, independence activist, and a man of unparalleled creativity and command over the Tamil language, the great Subramania Bharati way back before India received her independence from the British.
Popularly referred to as “Mahakavi Bharati”, most of his songs were fiery in nature kindling nationalism and patriotism during British India’s fight for self-rule.
Set to a pleasing tune by Ilaiyaraja and perfectly rendered by K.J. Yesudas, the song encourages the listener to strive hard in life without compromising on values and principles.
Overall, when it comes to Illayaraaja Tamil hit songs, the contribution of the maestro is unmatched.
|Singer(s)||Esther, Shweta Mohan, G. V. Prakash, Anuradha Sriram, Sujatha Mohan|
A.R. Rahman never fails to surprise his listeners, bringing something new and unique to every song he composes. The main hero of this song is none other than Rahman and the lyricist Vairamuthu.
The song talks about the countless possibilities and opportunities awarded to us by mother nature. The central theme of the song stays true to its portrayal of emotions, ranging from fearlessness to a happy mood.
The chorus section does its job to perfection, creating a symphonic kind of feel right throughout the song. The song is a bit more on a melodious scale, like a gushing river, crisscrossing various ragas along the way.
With minimum instruments used in this song, Rahman has proved his mettle by focusing more on the vocals and not depending on any heavy electronic samples.
Have you felt like a sense of the burden being lifted from your heart when you listen to a piece of music, irrespective of the language, then keep in mind this song rightly fits that bracket.
The debut movie of musical stalwart A.R. Rahman, the magic woven by Rahman is something beyond normal human comprehension. A.R. Rahman won the Best Music Direction award and Vairamuthu won Best Lyrics award at National Film Awards.
The songs start with a feel-good string section with the guitar leading the way. The backing chorus has done a commendable job arousing a sense of patriotism and nationalism all throughout the song.
Hariharan’s soulful rendition further adds credibility to the rich composition and Vairamuthu’s lyrics sows the seeds of hope and inspiration uncompromisingly. The soundtrack of this movie was included in the “10 Best Soundtracks of all time” by the Time magazine.
M.G.Ramachandran or M.G.R as fondly remembered by his fans was the hero of this movie. Still fresh in the minds of moviegoers, the music of this film was composed by the legendary composer of yesteryear cinema, G.Ramanathan.
A feel-good song, this song is remembered even today for its meaningful lyrics and the impact it still has on listeners, more than fifty years after its release.
Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram, one of Tamil cinema’s most celebrated lyricist has penned this song like an inspirational one, encouraging the listeners to rise above frivolous objectives in life and secure their future with untiring effort alone.
The music was composed by K.V.Mahadevan and lyrics by the King of Poets, Kannadasan. Heralded as the greatest and important lyricists in the Indian Cinema, Kannadasan sculpted each and every song of his with a sense of supreme arrogance, lyrical fluidity, and precision.
This song is one among many countless songs penned by Kannadasan appealing to the masses, not to lose hope at any cost. “When faced with difficult, believe in your strength” was the central message conveyed in this song.
K.V.Mahadevan’s handling of western style yodeling presented in a nice, catchable tune takes the listeners on a nostalgic trip down the memory lane.
Old is Gold, do you need any more evidence?
|Film||7 am Arivu|
The soundtrack was composed by Music director Harris Jayaraj. All the songs in the film were chartbusters. This song was penned by Pa.Vijay.
Harris Jayaraj is one of the leading South Indian film music composers who has created a separate niche for himself in the film industry. Known for his western based melodious compositions, this song stands for the mesmerizing vocals and the song arrangement.
The subtle variations in the song backed by a rocking electronic synth music create a delightful feel everytime one listens to this song. Pa.Vijay hits the bull eye with this song, giving us one of the best work in his career so far. In conclusion, this song is a harmonious marriage between inspirational lines and hypnotizing music.