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Vanambadi 1963.jpg
Title card
Directed by G. R. Nathan
Produced by K. Murukesan
Written by Valampuri Somanathan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Valampuri Somanathan
Starring S.S.Rajendran
R. Muthuraman
R. S. Manohar
T. R. Ramachandran
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography G. R. Nathan
Edited by S. Surya
Kannadasan Productions
Distributed by Kannadasan Productions
Release date
3 September 1963
Running time
146 mins
Country India
Language Tamil

Vanambadi (English: Nightingale or Skylark) is a 1963 black-and-white Tamil language Suspense Film was directed by G. R. Nathan and Produced by K. Murugesan. The film script were written by Valampuri Somanathan. Music by K. V. Mahadevan assets to the movie.It stars S. S. Rajendran and Devika in the lead roles with R. Muthuraman, S. V. Sahasranamam, T. R. Rajakumari, T. R. Ramachandran, R. S. Manohar, Pushpalatha and Sheela in supporting roles. Kamal Haasan appears as a child artist in the film. The film was adapted from Sesh Porichoy.[1]


  • S. S. Rajendran as Sekhar
  • Devika as Uma/Meena/Sumathi/Kausalya Devi(twin sisters) - Uma is Parvathi & Thanikachlam daughter but she is dead. Meena is Thanikachalam adapted daughter/ Sumathi is a Play back singer and Daughter of Somasundaram and Mistress of Gopal.Sumathi was changed the name as Kausalya devi after leaving her husband gopal
  • R. Muthuraman as Mohan
  • S. V. Sahasranamam as Thanikachalam
  • T. R. Ramachandran as Nithyanandham
  • R. S. Manohar as Gopal (Sumathi/Kausalya devi's Husband)
  • Javert Seetharaman as Shiva Shkaran (Chithra father)
  • Master Kamal Haasan as Ravi (Mohan younger brother)
  • T. R. Rajakumari as Parvathi (Thanikachalam wife)
  • Pushpalatha as Kalyani (Nithyanandham wife)
  • Sheela as Chithra (Mohan wife)
  • V. S. Raghavan as Somasundaram (Sumathi's father)
  • O. A. K. Devar as Zamindar Marthandam
  • M. E. Madhavan as Sundaramoorthy (Meena's Maternal Uncle)
  • Janaki as Thanikachalam


Meena (Devika), a young woman, escapes from the clutches of a womanizing Zamindar. She attempts suicide and is saved by an elderly couple, who adopt her. They wish her to wed their nephew (S. S. Rajendran) and the wedding is arranged. But, during the ceremony, another man (R. S. Manohar) shows up claiming Meena to be his wife. She is arrested for the attempted murder of the Zamindar. But, she say she doesn't him. Her adoptive brother (Muthuraman) and a friend (T. R. Ramachandran) try to solve the mystery. Meena runs away from the family to relieve them of the anguish she has caused them and they later find her as a stage/playback singer calling herself as Kausalya Devi. But Kausalya Devi claims she has never seen them before. How do they resolve the mystery forms rest of the story.


Based on Sheeshparish, a Bengali story, the film was universally acclaimed and was a commercial success upon its release, owing its success to the story, performance of Devika and the string of melodious, evergreen songs.


Soundtrack album by K. V. Mahadevan
Released 1963
Recorded 1963
Genre Melodious
Length 33:03
Language Tamil
Producer K. V. Mahadevan

Soundtrack is composed by K. V. Mahadevan and lyrics for all songs were written by Kannadasan.[2][3] The song "Gangaikarai" is based on Abheri raga.[4][5]

No Songs Singer Lyrics Length(m:ss)
1 Gangai Karai Thottam P. Suseela Kannadasan 5:46
2 Oomai Penn Oru 4:03
3 Thookanna Kuruvi Kodu 4:21
4 Aan Kaviyai Vella T. M. Soundararajan P. Suseela 5:30
5 Kadavul Manithanai T. M. Soundararajan 3:20
6 Yettil Ezhuthi Vaithan T. M. Soundararajan L. R. Eswari(Humming) 3:24
7 Yaaradi Vanthaar L. R. Eswari 3:49
8 Nil Kavani Purappadu A. L. Raghavan L. R. Eswari 4:10


  1. ^ Vamanan (23 April 2018). "TAMIL CINEMA'S BONG CONNECTION". The Times of India. 
  2. ^ "vaanampaadi songs". tamiltunes. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  3. ^ "vanambadi songs". gaana. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  4. ^ "The Hindu: Tamil Nadu news: The walking Google of Tamil film songs". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "A Raga's journey — Aspects of Abheri — The Hindu". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 

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