Kadalora Kavithaigal

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Kadalora Kavithaigal
Kadalora Kavithaigal dvd.jpg
Official DVD Cover
Directed byBharathiraja
Written byR. Selvaraj (dialogues)
Screenplay byBharathiraja
Story byK. Somasundreshwar
Produced byVe Vaduganathan
C. Natesan
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byT. Thirunavukkarasu
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Mookambika Art Creations
Release date
  • 5 July 1986 (1986-07-05)

Kadalora Kavithaigal (transl. Poems by the Sea) is a 1986 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed by Bharathiraja. The film stars Sathyaraj and Rekha, with Raja, Janagaraj and Kamala Kamesh in supporting roles. The film is about transformation of a ruffian (Satyaraj), who has a prison record and his understanding of love through an elementary education. In that process, he falls in love with the school teacher (Rekha).

The film was remade in Telugu as Aradhana, and in Kannada as Kaurava. This was the debut film for Rekha and Raja.[2]


Based in a coastal sea village, Chinnappa Das (Satyaraj) is a ruffian who has a prison record and returns to his village after serving his prison term. He is persuaded by his maternal uncle's daughter (Ranjini) to marry him. In one of his encounters at an elementary school, he meets a lady school teacher Jennifer (Rekha) who gives a sound scolding on how ignorant fools behave.

There is an element of purity in Das's heart which the school teacher could identify, this transforms his life forever. Set in a coastal milieu, the duo often meet on the beach, amidst sunlit sea and splashing waves on the rocks. In a sequence, Das makes the teacher stand alone atop a seaside hillock, Das from down below on the sands announces aloud to her that "you are my God".

In a related episode when Das visits the teacher at her house, looking at the portrait of the Good Shepherd with a lamb on his lap, he earnestly asks her why He has that lamb on his lap, to which she replies, "that lamb has lost its way and so he has taken it on his lap". She goes on asking him what will he do if he were the shepherd and what if she was that lamb, thereby subconsciously revealing her desire to be the lamb in the lap of God, in her case to be with Das, thereby both Das and Jennifer find their loved ones.



Kadalora Kavithaigal is the debut for Raja and Rekha as actors.[3][4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5] The song "Adi Aathadi" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Shivaranjani,[6][7] and "Kodiyile Malliyapoo" is set in Natabhairavi.[8] "Adi Aathadi" was partially adapted as "Aa Jaana Tere Bin", composed by Anand–Milind for Bol Radha Bol (1992).[9]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Adi Aathadi" (Sad) Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 03:42
2 "Adi Aathadi" Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki 04:39
3 "Das Das Chinnappadas" Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja 03:00
4 "Kodiyile Malliyapoo" P. Jayachandran, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 04:21
5 "Podinadaya Poravare" K. S. Chithra Gangai Amaran 05:23
6 "Poguthae Poguthae" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vairamuthu 04:34
7 "Poguthae Poguthae" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 2:57


Behindwoods said, "A simple love triangle but the situations are woven beautifully and the performances are realistic", and added that "Satyaraj broke his image of an action hero and came up with a rollicking performance. He is the real star of the film".[10]


  1. ^ "கடலோரக் கவிதைகள் / Kadalora Kavithaigal (1986)". Screen4Screen. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  2. ^ "மறக்க முடியுமா? - கடலோர கவிதைகள்". Dinamalar (in Tamil). 23 July 2020. Archived from the original on 27 July 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  3. ^ S, Srivatsan (6 November 2019). "From 'Kadalora Kavithaigal' to 'Adithya Varma': Tamil cinema's quintessential 'soft-spoken hero' Raja returns after a 20-year exile". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 November 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Bigg Boss Tamil 4: Host Kamal Haasan's Punnagai Mannan co-star Rekha Harris to participate in the show?". The Times of India. 4 October 2020. Archived from the original on 26 October 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Kadalora Kavithaigal (1986)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  6. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 121.
  7. ^ Mani, Charulatha (28 September 2012). "Sivaranjani for pathos". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 139.
  9. ^ Arunachalam, Param. BollySwar: 1991–2000. Mavrix Infotech. p. 174. ISBN 9788193848210.
  10. ^ "Classical Movie : Bharathiraja's 'Kadalorakkavithaigal'". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2021.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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