[Karnan] Ullathil Nalla ullam urangadhenbadhu…

Krishna begs apology to Karna for deceiving him, and sings his praise. The song is wonderful.

Movie: Karnan
Poet: kannadasan
Music: M.S.Viswanathan
Singer: Sirkali govindarajan
Song Sequence: (1)-(1)-(2)-(1)-(3)-(1)-(4)-(1)

(1)உள்ளத்தில் நல்ல உள்ளம் உறங்காதென்பது 
வல்லவன் வகுத்ததடா கர்ணா
வருவதை எதிகொள்ளடா

Ullathil nalla ullam urangadhenbadhu,
vallavan vaguthadhadaa, Karna,
varuvadhai edhirkolladaa,

The nicest (best) among souls never fades (they stand the test of time and live forever),
this is the rule devised by god,
Hence, oh Karna, get ready to face what(ever) is coming your way (fate),

(2)தாய்க்கு நீ மகனில்லை 
தம்பிக்கு அண்ணனில்லை
ஊர்ப்பழி ஏற்றாயடா 
நானும் உன் பழி கொண்டேனடா

thaaiku nee magan illai,
thambikku annan illai,
oor pali etraayadaa,
naanum un pali kondenadaa,

you are not the son of your mother, ( Karna’s mother Kunti devi deserted him early)
you are not an elder brother to your siblings, (He went to against his brothers , The pandavas)
you took the blame for this world,
I (Krishna) too shall bear your sins (since Krishna too played a role in deceiving Karna by disguising as a Brahman and asking his virtues as donation in the War  )
(Refers to how unlucky Karna was)

(3)மன்னவர் பணியேற்கும் 
கண்ணனும் பணி செய்த
உன்னடி பணிவேனடாகர்ணா
மன்னித்து அருள்வாயடா 

mannavar pani erkum,
kannanum pani seyya,
unnadi panivaanadaa, Karna,
mannithu arulvaayadaa, 

The one who gets served by kings themselves,(Krishna)
he (Krishna) is ready to serve you,
he (Krishna) bows to you,
please forgive him and grace him, oh Karna,

(4)செஞ்சோற்று கடன் தீர்த்த 
சேராத இடம் சேர்ந்து
வஞ்சத்தில் வீழ்ந்தாயடா கர்ணா
வஞ்சகன் கண்ணனடா

senjotru kadantheerka,
seraatha idam serndhu,
vanjathil vilnthayadaa, Karna,
vanjagan kannanadaa.

To repay the debt to the person who fed you, (referring to Karna taking the side of Kauravaas),
you took the side of the people who are not right (Kauravaas),
by doing so you fell into the trap of deception, oh Karna,
although the real deceiver is Krishna himself.

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I am not big fan of old songs. But this song is one of my favorites. Great post.

Shivalingam Pillai

This song transports me to a different world altogether.Beyond comprehension.Lofty ideals.

Tamil Rasigan

True Shivalingam, a great song indeed.



Muthu Rajendran

What is the message of this song? karnan falls on the ground and struggling for his last breath. It is his dharma prevents kalan to take his life. Kannan under the guise of a old prohit begs for dharma. Karnan gives that dharma also which allows him to die.The message is that it is not the place where a man lives or comes from but it is the deed that one that leaves for othersl kannadasan lyrics , M S.V’s music , Sirkazhi .s voice above all Ramarao and Sivaji action a memorable scene and sound for the whole soul.

Tamil Rasigan

Well said Muthu Rajendran! Great song!


Something is behind this song. Made my heart to melt….


fav song..from karnan


at first when i heard this song i didnot mean what it was when i saw gowtham singing in airtel super singer this song i really cried a lot such alovely and virtue song thanks for gowtham

Sanjeeva murthy

Heart-rending. Beautiful explanation on lyrics. Liked it very much. Thanks for all the efforts to publish this.

Nandhini V

Amazing lyrics.. Amazing translation and description with explanation.. Always my favourite will be karna the real legendary warrior!

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