From 'Onapattin Thalam' to 'Thiruvaavaniravu': A playlist for your joyous Onam celebrations

Onam celebrations. Photo: Manorama

Across the globe, Malayalees are joining in the Onam festivities today, uniting to joyously welcome back their cherished ruler, Mahabali. Vibrant 'pookalams', graceful 'thiruvathira' dances, sumptuous 'onam sadya' feasts, and more mark the celebrations. Yet, the essence of Onam is incomplete without the enchanting tunes that accompany it. Here, we present five nostalgic Onam songs to amplify the festive spirit this season.

Onapattin Thalam
If you're looking to groove to a wonderful dance track this Onam, then 'Onapattin Thalam Thullum' from the 2004 movie 'Quotation', directed by Vinod Vijayan, is the perfect choice. Despite the film not gaining much attention, this lively song composed by Sabish George and performed by Kalyani became a massive hit. With its fantastic desi dance vibe, this song is sure to captivate families and bring an energetic vibe to your Onam celebrations.

Poovili Poovili
When Onam season arrives, it's likely that 'Poovili Poovili' would be the foremost tune that rushes to the minds of Malayalees—such is its widespread popularity. This song, featured as a group sing-along, has become a delightful pastime in numerous households during the Onam festivities. Hailing from the 1978 movie 'Vishukkani', directed by Sasi Kumar and starring Prem Nazir and Sharada, the song's lyrics are by Sreekumaran Thampi, accompanied by the composition of Salil Chowdhury.

Maveli Nadu Vaneedum Kalam
Among Onam tunes, this particular song stands out as the sole melody that has endured across generations. Centred around Kerala's benevolent king, Mahabali, and his opulent rule in the state, the song resonates with joy and contentment among all Malayalees, serving as a unifying element. This folk melody encapsulating the essence of Onam was integrated into the 1983 film 'Mahabali', directed by Sasikumar. The movie starred Prem Nazir, Jayabharathi, and MG Soman in prominent roles.

Lately, a particularly memorable Onam song for Malayalees is undoubtedly 'Thiruvaavaniravu' from the movie 'Jacobinte Swargarajyam'. This song encapsulates the spirit of Onam with its vibrant festive scenes, traditional attire, intricate pookalams, delectable Onam sadya, and more. Its captivating visuals have etched it into the fabric of Onam celebrations in Malayalee households. The song showcases talents like Nivin Pauly, Renji Panicker, and Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, set to the music of Shaan Rahman and beautifully voiced by Unni Menon and Sithara.

Onappoove Poove
Another enchanting Onam melody is 'Onappoove'. Differing slightly from the conventional Onam tunes, it carries a captivating melody. 'Onappoove poove Omal poove' from the 1978 film 'Ee ganam marakkum' remains an enduring Onam favourite, with its beautifully captured visuals and timeless appeal. The video showcases Prem Nazir and is gracefully sung by K. J. Yesudas. The lyrics by renowned Malayalam poet ONV Kurup are set to the music composed by Salil Chowdhury.

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