[Indira] Nila Kaaigiradhu (Harini)

I am really excited to post my first “official” Tamil song to English translation. And I am even more excited to post this song (Nila Kaaigiradhu) from the movie “Indira”, for it was the first song as far as I remember asked by a friend for a translation 6 years ago. They say “Better late than never”. I hope I have done justice to the song and its translation.

A song penned by Vairamuthu and, music composed my A.R.Rahman could definitely make it a masterpiece. What makes this song stand out is the mellifluous voice of Harini, and the thoughts given out through a child from an amazing poet.

This blog is taking a complete new dimension. I could see that when translating this masterpiece. The number of times different thoughts were exchanged in making this translation was truly a great experience. The final version, I hope has managed to capture the child’s innocence  without compromising the poet’s command over the meaning of his verses.

Hope you all will enjoy it.


Movie: Indira
Poet: Vairamuthu
Singer: Harini
Music director: A.R.Rahman
Song sequence: (1)-(2)-(3)-(1)-(4)-(5)-(1)-(2)
(1) நிலா காய்கிறது நேரம் தேய்கிறது
 யாரும் ரசிக்கவில்லையே!
 இந்த கண்கள் மட்டும் உன்னை காணும்.

Nila kaaigiradhu Neram theigiradhu
yaarum rasikka vilayae. 
Indha kangal matum unnai kaanum.

The moon awaits as the time passes by.
No one seems to appreciate your beauty.
While my eyes would always admire you.

(2) தென்றல் போகின்றது சோலை சிரிக்கின்றது
 யாரும் சுகிக்கவில்லையே!
 சின்ன கைகள் மட்டும் உன்னை தீண்டும்.

Thendral poogindradhu soolai sirikindradhu
yaarum sugikavilayae
Chinna kaigal mattum unnai theendum.

The grove smiles (its movement in tune with the breeze) as the breeze passes by.
Yet, No one seems to enjoy the comfort you provide.
However, these small hands of mine will feel it touching you.

(3) காற்று வீசும் வேய்யில் காயும் காயும்
 அதில் மாற்றம் ஏதும் இல்லையே!
 வானும் மண்னும் நமை வாழ சொல்லும்
 அந்த வாழ்த்து ஓயவில்லை என்றென்ரும் வானில்.

kaatru veesum veyil kaayum kaayum.
Adil maatram yedhum illayae.
vaanum mannum nammai vazha sollum.
andha vazhthu ooyavillai yedrendrendrum vaanil.

The wind blows mightily and the hot sun beats down,
While there is no change in this nature’s gesture (downside of life),
The wide spread skies (symbolizing big dreams) and the beautiful landscapes (symbolizing family and friends) will always motivate us to live.
There is no stopping of this happiness in our life (like the blessing rain from the sky).

(4) அதோ போகின்றது ஆசை மேகம்
 மழையை கேட்டுக்கொள்ளுங்கள்
 இதோ கேட்கின்றது குயிலின் பாடல்
 இசையை கேட்டுக்கொள்ளுங்கள்

Adho pogindrathu aasai megam. 
mazhayai kettu kollungal.
Idho ketkindrathu kuyilin paadal.
isaiyai kettu kollungal.

There goes the dear clouds (precious moments filled with happiness),
ask them for the rain (ask the happiness from its source).
Here you hear the cukkoo’s song,
seek music from it.
(Everything carries their sweetness associated with them,  look at the positive side and experience the happiness associated with them)

(5) இந்த பூமியே பூ வனம்
 உங்கள் பூக்களை தேடுங்கள்
 இந்த வாழ்க்கையே சீதனம்
 உங்கள் தேவையை கேளுங்கள்.

indha bhoomiyae poo vanam.
ungal pookalai thedungal.
indha vaazhkaiyae seedhanam.
ungal thevaiyai kelungal.

This world is like a forest filled with flowers (a place filled with plenty of opportunities);
search your flowers in it  (Try to search for your purpose in it).
This life itself is a treasure,
Ask your necessities in life .

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Silambarasu Sivakurunathan

Silambarasu Sivakurunathan

Lovely!! 🙂

prof Satish Mehta

prof Satish Mehta



THAT WILL MAKE SONG more popular & appreciated



Dear Mehta, We are not proficient in Hindi. You could try to use google translate on our English translations. It may be useful.