I attended a concert by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam last evening and gathered some interesting trivia that I had somehow missed earlier. It adds so much richness to what I know and love about this song.
'Sundari kannal oru seidhi...' is a song composed for Mani Ratnam's Dalapathi composed by Ilayaraaja and is touted to be an example of not just his composition but also his orchestration capabilities especially with the strings section. It was recorded in Mumbai with S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. Janaki using R.D.Burman's musicians. Apparently when they finished the recording, the musicians put their instruments down and gave Ilayaraaja a standing ovation.
It was also picturised beautifully, as a dream sequence between Shobana and Rajinikanth. He is a warrior and war (personifying society) keeps intruding in their life together. Sure, Rajini's hairdo looks a little funny, but do take his Indian Samurai-ness with a pinch of salt. Dalapathi itself is a wonderful interpretation of the story of Karna from the Mahabharata. But I'll leave the movie review for another day and another post.
Here's the song on Youtube.com