Naan oru vilayattu bommaiya

Naanoru vilayattu bommaiya….a classic composition in Tamil language. Very simple language and s short and sweet song. It is not one of the peppy songs that I normally like. But it is a great melody. Also, since I understand the meaning, it becomes easier to feel the bhavam when I sing it.

The song is composed in the raagam navarasa kanada (pronounced as Kaanada). The composer of the song is Papanasam Sivan. He has composed a lot of great Tamil devotional songs.
Taalam: aadi
Aa: S G3 M1 P S
Av: S N2 D2 M1 G3 R2 S
The raagam is a janya raagam of Harikambhoji (28th melakartha)

nAnoru viLayAttu bommaiyA? jagan nAyakiyE umaiyE undanukku
nAnilattil pala piRavi eDuttu tiNDADinadu pOdAdA? DEvi/undanukku (Naan)
aruLamudaip paruga ammA ammA enRu alaRuvadaik kETpadAnandamA? oru tuNai inRi un tiruvaDi aDaindEnE tiruvuLam irangAdA? DEvi/undanukku (Naan)

Meaning: (written by myself with my knowledge of Tamil…which apparently is not too much ;) )
Am I a toy or a play thing that you play with O mother of this world (goddess)
I have taken so many births on this earth and suffered. Is this not enough?
I am crying out to you O mother for your blessings. Do you enjoying my craving for your blessing?
I have no one for company. I surrender myself to thy feet. Will your heart not melt for me? O mother.

Harikambhoji raagam is also called harikedharagowla in the Dikshitar (asampoorna mela) system. It has aarohanam and avarohanam as follows
Aa: S R2 G3 M1 P D2 N2 S
Av: S N2 D2 P M1 G3 R2 S
The film song kaNNukku mai azhaghu from the movie pudiya mugam is of this raagam. I love that song. A real melody.
There are other film songs like pazhamudir sOlai from the movie varusham 16 and unnai onru kETpEn unmai sollavENDum from pudiya paravai.

Great composition. I will soon do some research on all Papanasam Sivan songs. They are really a good collection.

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  1. vidhya says:

    At May 20, 2008 11:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This song was actually coposed by Mr.T.N.Bala, who lives in Philedelphia.
    Plese do your research. If Mr.Bala Sir sees this, he will be sad.

    Ram Srinivasan


    At June 26, 2008 12:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a Nice song.
    Singing this song makes you feel our oneness with GOD


    At June 26, 2008 2:56 PM , Blogger Vidhya said…

    I am not sure of the composer….When I look it up on the net…I see all hits say papanasam sivan…
    in this website you can find T N Bala’s name also…but nan oru vilayattu bommaiya is specified under papanasam sivan’s name…

    I generally do quite a bit of research before blogging…but my research is over the internet and these are the results i have…


    At September 1, 2008 2:59 PM , Blogger பாரதிய நவீன இளவரசன் said…

    Thiru.Ram Srinivasan…
    could you please let us know where one can find information about the correct composer of this song. Till date, most of us are under the impression that Papanasam Sivan was the one who composed this song. If it is T.N.Bala, please do share the source. Thanks.


    At September 1, 2008 4:20 PM , Blogger Vidhya said…

    If you see the list of comments, you will see that the first comment by Ram Srinivasan says that the composer is T N Bala.

    I was also under that impression that the composer is papanasam Sivan as I have written in my original post.

    I am not sure if you are the same Ram Srinivasan…..but as I have said in my previous comment I too do not have a strong source source that says who exactly the composer is…..


    At February 14, 2009 8:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Papanasam Sivan’s grandson has confirmed it. You can confirmed again by writing to Sivan Fine Arts Academy Chennai.


    ... on July February 15th, 2009
  2. rajeev says:

    Vidhya: it is a papanasam sivan song. Next time do not waste your time on people who post annonymously.
    Thanks for the song.. One of my fav song sung by DK Pattammal.

    ... on July October 22nd, 2011
  3. sigma says:

    By any chance would you have the notations for this one? Have been trying to search the internet with no luck so far :(

    ... on July February 28th, 2012
  4. Jayashree says:

    Thanks for the song and the meaning. This is one of my favorites. We were also in search of the composer. Thanks for confirming finally that its Sri Papanasam Sivan. D.K. pattammal, and Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy also sang this very beautifully. Today Sri Malladi brothers rendered this melting our hearts in Chicago Concert.
    Thanks for your blog once again and wish you all the best.

    ... on July April 28th, 2013
  5. Murthy says:

    Hi Vidhya,

    Many thanks for posting this. This is definitely Papanasam Sivan’s song.

    Can you please send me the notation for this song @

    Many thanks,


    ... on July July 6th, 2014
  6. vidhya says:

    I am sorry. I do not currently have the notations of this song. I shall post it as soon as i find it.

    ... on July July 7th, 2014

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