Kadalora Kavithaigal

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Kadalora Kavithaigal
Kadalora Kavithaigal dvd.jpg
Official DVD Cover
Directed byBharathiraja
Produced byVe Vaduganathan
C. Natesan
Written byR. Selvaraj
Screenplay byBharathiraja
Story byK. Somasundreshwar
Kamala Kamesh
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byT. Thirunavukkarasu
Mookambika Art Creations
Distributed byMookambika Art Creations
Release date
5 July 1986

Kadalora Kavithaigal (lit. 'Poems by the Sea') is a 1986 Indian Tamil language film, starring Satyaraj, Rekha, Raja, Janagaraj and Kamala Kamesh. The film was remade in Telugu as Aradhana, with Chiranjeevi and Suhasini and in Kannada as Kaurava, with B. C. Patil and Prema. This was the debut film for Rekha and Raja

The film was a turning point in Actor Sathyaraj's career. It successfully completed 200 days in theatres.


The film is about transformation of a hero (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 heroine (Rekha).

Based in a coastal sea village, Chinnappa Das (Satyaraj) is a violent person 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.

Through another character, the director introduces the small but important role which is modelled on The Meera.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1] The song "Adi Aathadi" is set in the carnatic raga known as Shivaranjani,[2][3] and "Kodiyile Malliyapoo" is set in Natabhairavi.[4]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
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".[5]


  1. ^ "Kadalora Kavithaigal Songs". raaga. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 121.
  3. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/sivaranjani-for-pathos/article3945587.ece
  4. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 139.
  5. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/features/classicalmovie/Kadalorakkavithaigal/tamil-cinema-classicmovies-Kadalorakkavithaigal.html


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Chennai: Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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