All you wanted to know about viral TikTok song 'Poothumbi'

For those who view, enjoy or make videos on the song 'Poothumbi', the source or origin of the parody is of no concern as along as it continues to evoke fun and laughter.

That social media has crumbled the barriers of gender, geography, language, or culture is already evident through countless viral clips spreading infectiously on the internet. One of the recent example in this regard is a viral song in Kerala invariably captioned as 'Poothumbi Kullamani...'

Searching the word 'Poothumbi' on the internet will instantly bring a stack of viral videos which have this peppy folk number to which people are seen dancing or miming grotesquely. The song is a hit on the internet spawning numberless videos on the same.

Interestingly, the song is captioned 'Poothumbi Kullamani', most probably an outcome of Keralite perception since a word of the song sounded like 'poothumbi,' which means dragonfly in Malayalam.

However, the word is definitely not 'Poothumbi'. The real words from the middle stanza of the parody song 'Prodhom Biye Korlam Ami' must have sounded 'Poothumbi Kullamani', while it was being circulated among Keralite users.

In the local Bengali dialect the 'r' in 'prodhom' is silent and it will sound podhom. So podhom biye will naturally sound like 'poothumbi' and that's no one's mistake.

Earlier, a journalist named Rajeev Ramachandran in his Facebook post had attempted to crack the real words of the lines in the song and their closest connotations.

The fast number is in fact a parody of a famous Bengali folk song, 'Bondhu tin din tor bari te gelam...Dekha pailam na...' popularised by Bangladeshi playback singer Runa Laila. The first line roughly means 'I went thrice to your house, but couldn't find you.' While the parody riding on the wordplay said, 'Ami tin tin te biye korlam...lasting hoilo na...' which means 'I married thrice, but none of them lasted'.

For those who view, enjoy or make videos on the song, the source or origin of the parody is not a concern as along as it continues to evoke fun and laughter. The video of the 'original' parody song is also getting viral on YouTube. Now the youngsters, especially children,who view and share the videos still believe that the song is a corrupted version of a Malayalam song.

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