Kadalora Kavithaigal

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Kadalora Kavithaigal
Kadalora Kavithaigal.jpg
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. It is about transformation of a ruffian, 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.

Kadalora Kavithaigal was the debut film for Rekha and Raja. The film was released on 5 July 1986, and was remade in Telugu as Aradhana, and in Kannada as Kaurava.[1][2]


Based in a coastal sea village, Muttam in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, Chinnappa Das 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 Gangamma to marry him. In one of his encounters at an elementary school, he meets a lady school teacher Jennifer 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".,it is eventual that teacher developed a feelings for das on the other side teacher's family want her to marry an acquaintance of her family which would lead to a drama of emotions



Kadalora Kavithaigal is the debut for Raja and Rekha as actors.[4][5] The film had Sathyaraj deviating from the negative roles he was previously known for.[6]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[7] The song "Adi Aathadi" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Shivaranjani,[8][9] and "Kodiyile Malliyapoo" is set in Natabhairavi.[10] "Adi Aathadi" was partially adapted as "Aa Jaana Tere Bin", composed by Anand–Milind for Bol Radha Bol (1992).[11]

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


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki said that while the sea in the film's title was breathtaking, the poem in the title was incomplete.[12]


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  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 121.
  9. ^ Mani, Charulatha (28 September 2012). "Sivaranjani for pathos". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 139.
  11. ^ Arunachalam, Param. BollySwar: 1991–2000. Mavrix Infotech. p. 174. ISBN 9788193848210.
  12. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (20 July 1986). "கடலோரக் கவிதைகள்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 7. Archived from the original on 29 July 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2022.


  • 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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