Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam

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Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam
Directed byShanmugapriyan
Written byShanmugapriyan
Produced byM. M. Thaha
CinematographyViswam Nataraj
Edited byR. Baskaren
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Royal Cini Creations
Release date
  • 23 March 1988 (1988-03-23)
Running time
119 minutes

Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam (transl. The temple where only one lives) is a 1988 Indian Tamil-language film, written and directed by Shanmugapriyan. The film stars Sivakumar, Prabhu, Rahman, Raadhu, and Ambika. It was released on 23 March 1988.[1]


Jeeva and Swaminathan are friends who meet up by fate. Swaminathan hates women and does not respect them, but Jeeva respects women. The story then goes back to a village where Jeeva comes to learn carnatic music from Sivagurunathan. Sivagurunathan does not accept to teach him music. Meanwhile, Jeeva loves Sarada, the daughter of Sivagurunathan. She is also pecked by the village headman. Sivagurunathan loses his belief in God and disrespects everyone he meets. A tragic story of him is revealed where he is married to Sivakami, who is a dancer ignored by the village. She gives birth to Sarada and passes away as she is a heart patient, which was unknown to Sivagurunathan. He assumes that the cause of death for his wife was his own daughter. The only way to become his student is to sing a song sung by Sivakami, as suggested by Sarada. He accepts Jeeva as his student.

At first, Sivagurunathan does not accept their love and then accepts when Sarada attempts suicide. Meanwhile, the village headman plans to kill Jeeva. Jeeva's father comes to speak of their marriage and insults Sivagurunathan. At that moment, he plans to marry Sarada to his servant's son Swaminathan. It takes time for them to get going in their life. Meanwhile, the village headman still pecks at Sarada. Sivagurunathan gives a concert for a lakh rupees and dies. Later Swaminathan suspects his wife of an affair with Jeeva, rumoured around the village. However, it is a devious plan hatched by the headman to manhandle Sarada. The movie ends with a reunion of the couple with Jeeva sacrificing his life in the fight with the village head.



Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam is the debut film for Anandaraj.[2]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3] The song "Nee Pournami" is set in Simhendramadhyamam raga.[4] "Vaanin Devi" is set in Amritavarshini,[5] and "Pallaviye Saranam" is set in Khamas.[6][7]

Song Singers Lyrics
"Baby You Are My" Francis Lazarus, Anuradha Dr. Kalyan
"Nee Pournami" K. J. Yesudas Ponnadiyan
"Pallaviye Charanam" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Malaiyoram Mayile" Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chithra
"Uyire Uyire" K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki
"Singaara Pennoruthi" Mano
"Vaanin Devi Varuga" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki


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  2. ^ CR, Sharanya (11 November 2014). "My wife is happy that I am a villain: Anand Raj". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam Tamil Film LP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk. Archived from the original on 4 March 2023. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
  4. ^ Mani, Charulatha (20 January 2012). "A Raga's Journey — The passionate appeal of Simhendramadhyamam". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 February 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  5. ^ Mani, Charulatha (30 March 2012). "A Raga's Journey — Appealing Amritavarshini". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  6. ^ Mani, Charulatha (24 May 2013). "Endearing Khamas". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 March 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  7. ^ Mani, Charulatha (18 January 2013). "Tones of grace". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

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