Kandhan Karunai

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Kandan Karunai
Kandhan karunai poster.jpg
Directed by A.P. Nagarajan
Produced by A. L. Srinivasan
Written by A.P. Nagarajan
Starring Sivaji Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
S. A. Ashokan
K. B. Sundarambal
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography K. S. Prasad
Edited by R. Devarajan
A. L. S. Productions
Distributed by A. L. S. Productions
Release date
14 January 1967
Running time
150 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Kandhan Karunai (By the Mercy of Kandhan) is a 1967 Indian Tamil-language mythological film directed by A.P. Nagarajan. It features an ensemble cast including Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Sivakumar, Savithri, K.R.Vijaya, J.Jayalalitha, S. A. Ashokan, K. B. Sundarambal, Manorama and Nagesh. The film also starred a four year old Sridevi in a minor role, marking her film debut.


The film revolves around Lord Murugan, his birth, marriage and his acceptance of the post of the head of the army of heaven. In Hinduism, there are six abodes of lord Muruga, known as the "Arupadaiveedu". The story behind each of the abodes are portrayed choronologically in the film. It starts with Swamimalai, where Lord Muruga (Master Sridhar) teaches the meaning of the word 'OM' to his father, Lord Shiva (Gemini Ganesan). He goes to Palani Hills after a fight over a sacred fruit, that is his second abode. Then he wins over the demon king Surapadman in Thiruchendur and that is his third abode. The King of heaven, Lord Indra offers his Daughter's hand in appreciation of Lord Muruga's Victory and he marries her in Thirupparamkunram, his fourth abode. He later marries Valli in his fifth abode of Thiruthani, later after a short dispute between both his wives they amicably settle in Pazhamudircholai, his sixth abode. All the events are summarised by Nakkeerar, a great Tamil Poet portrayed by Sirkazhi Govindarajan at the end of the film.



Vijayakumar was supposed to play Lord Murugan in the film but he was replaced by Sivakumar. Vijayakumar acts in this movie as one of the lords who was in the jail. [2][3]


Kandhan Karunai
Soundtrack album by K. V. Mahadevan
Released 1967
Label EMI Records
Producer K. V. Mahadevan

The music composed by K. V. Mahadevan, for which he received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction.[4] The song "Thiruparankundrathil Nee" was composed by Kunnakudi Vaidyanthan.[5][6] The song "Arupadai Veedu" is based on Kambhoji raga. Solla Solla inikkudhadaa song is set to Kundhalavarali raaga.[7][8]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aarumugamana Porul Rajalakshmi, S. Janaki Kannadasan 03:24
2 Aarumuga Saravana P. Susheela Sankaradas Swamigal 00:54
3 Arupadai Veedu Konda Seerkazhi Govindarajan Kannadasan 06:41
4 Ariyathu Ketkum K. B. Sundarambal Kannadasan 06:06
5 Konjum Kili A. L. Raghavan Sankaradas Swamigal 01:11
6 Kurinjiyile Poo Malarnthu P. Susheela Kannadasan
7 Manam Padaithen P. Susheela 04:01
8 Murugane Senthil Seerkazhi Govindarajan 00.58
9 Munthum Thamizh A. L. Raghavan, K. B. Sundarambal, Jamuna Rani, A. P. Komala Kannadasan 03:48
10 Solla Solla (Film Version) P. Susheela 02:22
11 Solla Solla (Full Version) P. Susheela
12 Thirupparang Kundrathil Rajalakshmi, P. Susheela Poovai Senguttavan 03:23
13 Vallimalai Pothigaimalai P. Susheela
14 Vellimalai Mannava S. Varalakshmi Sankaradas Swamigal 01:54
15 Vetrivel Veeravel T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 02:41


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