ey podu apdi podu

Oh alright, so dappan koothu songs won, thanks to some very persistent restless clickers who raised the vote by a huge number – 48 – when I last checked. Was feeling quite thrilled that there were so many who actually voted when I was quietly told that it was rigged. *sigh. Even my small little voting machine was rigged. Nothing’s fair these days. 

So while growing up in Madras, we’d always hear ey podu, mass songs. The rowdy ones. Full of beats and the words would hardly make any sense. Not the kind of music that good girls from good families ought be listening to. We did listen though. Not necessarily at home but all tea kadais, street corners, groups of young boys would hum them to the girls walking by, and the TV would play them all the time. It was the lure of the unbeatable ever full of vigor music with bodies every in motion. Loosely defined, it was a south Indian version of the Punjabi bhangra. 

That was pretty much how a dappan koothu was viewed. A street dance, where jobless young men danced occasionally under the influenceThen the movies adopted them at a higher status level. The heroes started wearing lungis hitched up over their long shorts and gyrated with a curvy vivacious female singing and dancing to the beat. They always had an army of synchronized men and women behind them in the background, and sometimes they moved better than the main guys themselves. With whistles dotting the tunes, the hips jutted back and forth, the expressions were raw, the movements were explicit. It was the strong playful vibe with an underlying raunchy sexual tone. It made even the geriatric uncle at home tap his feet, despite the aunt giving him cold stares and visibly upset over the times. 

I loved them all. The songs I mean. Some were of course over the top, but for the most part, they were all laughable, tappable, ones that would push you into a quick bunch o steps when no one was looking. It’s the songs that people play celebrating New year. Dance music to get you into the spirit of happiness so to speak. 

Onto the songs that I can remember. There are just too many of them and am sure the comment space’s gonna get filled quickly with all the juicy ones. :) 

 PrabhuDeva’s Petarap was a groundbreaker. Though I wouldn’t really classify it as a dappan koothu, it came close for its rhythm and unique blend of rap music and classic south Indian street dance. 

Saroja Saman Nikalo from Chennai 60028 has been a hot favorite at home since last year. Even munchkin sings the song. At our annual diwali bash that the kids perform and I choreograph a bunch of them, we had decided we’d do a complete mass numbers. So I blended a hindi, telugu and tamil parts of songs and well, it was entertaining to say the least. 

Vijay and Trisha look amazing in this Gilli – Apadi Podu. The art of looking good while doing crazy monkey kind of gestures is grace. Both have tons of it, and that gives a wonderful base to the song and tempo. 

and the telugu version, which keeps the tune but clearly Vijay is a class apart. 

A few more that I’ve watched and found them appealing. 

NakkaMukka    Loved the song for the visual. The guy can move alright, and the zeal clinches the deal.

Thalapathi : Rakamma  Isn’t really a true dappan koothu, but comes close. Lovely number and I like it for various reasons.

Tollywood not to be left behind have a large array of mass songs. I personally cannot classify them into dappan koothu, for the reason that dk is very tamil. For me. It’s mass songs, in any other language.
The latest in our zeala nd vigor is the unbeatable NTR Jr. The guy looks like he weighs a ton but can he move or can he move! The first time I watched him, I was blown away. To defy the usual laws of gravity and body composition and to bend and nudge into postures is clearly praise worthy.
Here’s a number from Simhadri.

I am forcing to stop myself or I’d never post this draft. It’s a blast listening and doing the ‘beat’. Something you’d always carry with you from Madras. (At least for me) 
So I know each of you are dying to launch into your favorites, so go ahead tell me, what do you like? Can I trouble you to please post youtube links too please?

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35 thoughts on “ey podu apdi podu

  1. gana songs are free soul songs.. that require no music knowledge as a pre-requisite to enjoy the universal language. it originated from the villages and its a sub-genre of the folk music. it was earlier sung by hard-working men who return home after a long day at work. they push in some arrack and start sing-blabbering, either mocking their misery or calling on their ladies for the act. even they had some double meanings but it was very very subtle and complicated for common men/young kids to understand it easily. (e.g: Kushboo starer Otha rooba thaarain…)

    But the current filmy version has them as remixed version with full vulgar and explicit lyrics that could educate even a kinder garden kid. yes, i agree the music and the tempo is good to enjoy, but the eminem style super explicit language must be avoided in order for it to be enjoyed by all age groups.

  2. We Telugus have such an unfair representation in the blogosphere! No wonder Tamil dappan koothu is the obvious choice! :-/ Add to that, your rigged voting machine! Corruption has crept in here as well! What times I tell you! Loved the ‘nakka mukka’ and ‘saroja saman nikalo’! Definitely dance worthy!
    Anyway, after all the rant, here are some of my favorite massest of the mass Telugu songs (classified as ‘teen maar’ in Hyderabad!) –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1It13UUauE
    Muppai-aaru iravai nalugu (One of my all time faves! That girl’s HHOOOTTTT!! :P)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDufzPW9o5Y – A ante amalapuram (another favorite)
    There are many more! :)

  3. hehe, i was one of those who voted for the dappankotthu:) jff

    I actually don’t like dappankotthu, except during the college days, it suddenly become uncool to say that. So I ended up liking this one. onney onnu kanney kannu

    -Kalyanam than kattikitu…

    These days instead of vehemently opposing them, i maintain my silence on these songs.

    Ps: vijay and class? my eyebrows raised. after watching the telugu version, i guess i can understand how vijay and class can be used in the same sentence.

  4. The original –

    The next –

    Continuing the trend –

    And the ones you have mentioned keep the flame burning for future generations!!!

  5. allo.. if you ask me.. i can give you more dappankuthu

    Since your comment section wont let me put all these links in one message, i’m going to give you their Youtube ids. So in no particular order, six of the best ever – bgvbV3lYHhc, xLzocjGzT9Y, FrzOLEDLdko, 66j-6V31J6E, 6MZU33Gdmk0, L119xoc-RBc

  6. ah.. Dappan koothu it is eh? coolu :)

    but mohtharma, we are hurted again! you mentioned IR as a passing reference for dappan koothu songs?! AFAIK, he was the one who introduced dappan koothu/folk songs to tam movies!!

    Some of his famous songs:

    Almost all songs in 16 vayadhanile

    Nee kETTaaal naan from Ilamai oonjalaadukirathu – http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/PqKg_xIqht.As1NMvHdW/

    Telugu version from “vayasu pilichindi” here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR9Aw1WYY7s

    annaatha aaDaraar from Aboorva sahOdaragal – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwhLFln3heo

    the equivalent genre in telugu, atleast in hyderabad, is teenmaar! examples here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgqYDLk_7Co – and here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF0pxZri6UE :D

    some of famous teenmaar songs in telugu movies:

    maayadaari maisammmo maisamma – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSQF840wQNI

    aata kaavaala – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrzOLEDLdko

    gaajuvaaka pilla – http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/Cqp_4kJEPd.As1NMvHdW/

    have you seen jooo NTR lately, you will be shocked! he lost a ton of weight.

  7. How do u say “Dappan koothu” in Telugu RADS?
    Dappu paatalu?
    Petarap is my all time fav :D
    I voted for Bollywood classics 6 times, twice from 3 diff PCs…khikhikhi

  8. Ooooh..

    Kasumela from Kadhala Kadhala

    Jumbalaka (I don’t know what film!!)

    Damn I’m stuck in a time warp I think..these songs were hits when I was in school!! Sorry no links..youtube is simply not opening up

  9. ah.. Dappan koothu it is eh? coolu :)
    but mohtharma, we are hurted again! you mentioned IR as a passing reference for dappan koothu songs?! AFAIK, he was the one who introduced dappan koothu/folk songs to tam movies!!
    Some of his famous songs:
    Almost all songs in 16 vayadhanile
    “thanni” from Ilamai oonjalaadukirathu – http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/4qIg2FoUBt.As1NMvHdW/
    Telugu version from “vayasu pilichindi” here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR9Aw1WYY7s
    annaatha aaDaraar from Aboorva sahOdaragal – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwhLFln3heo
    vaadi en keppakezhenge from azhaigal oyvadhillai – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmJt7oRrp94
    mention of this without its telugu counterpart would make the reference incomplete!
    neetOnE Dhankapalaasu from Stuvartupuram Police Station – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPmHBRkZHDA

    the equivalent genre in telugu, atleast in hyderabad, is teenmaar! examples here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgqYDLk_7Co – and here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF0pxZri6UE :D
    some of famous teenmaar songs in telugu movies:
    maayadaari maisammmo maisamma – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSQF840wQNI
    aata kaavaala – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrzOLEDLdko
    gaajuvaaka pilla – http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/Cqp_4kJEPd.As1NMvHdW/
    Some famous telugu teenmaar songs (private)

    kodibaaye lacchammadi – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq9ym1W4rrs
    baalamani baalamani – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wZdeGVh-jU
    have you seen jooo NTR lately, you will be shocked! he lost a ton of weight.

  10. Ah! The ever popular ‘Dappaan Kuthu’…
    The dancing is the best part about all dappaan kuthu songs…
    I used to like the ‘sarakku vechirukken’ song for the dance. ‘pettai rap’ all time classic!

  11. OK i confess! I am guilty as charged..

    Haan ji haan, I koothified atleast 15 kalla votes! But hten I felt u needed to post somethign other than the normal soft/romantic/senti songs. My eyes lit up the moment I saw DK and hence full-o-full kutthifying votes!

    I’m not gonna add to the list as I can see many contributing here. But I promise you I’ll make a humungous post on DK for me being an exponent of it.

    @anti: thnx for the kamal song, i almost forgot that one. I felt kamal was too classy for DK stuff, but then that has Prabhudeva also in it.

    Talking of prabhu deva and vijay they have tonnes of songs! Also as already stated above, DK is referred to a teenmaar in Hyd. Loads of songs there as well..

    I’ll stop here, will post in the coming weeks!

  12. Oh yes, the best ever dappan koothu definitely belongs to Kamal. Annatha Aadurar from Aboorva Sagodarargal like deitadi posted. It is an absolutely lovable song and especially for Kamal’s dance.

  13. @anti: thnx for the kamal song, i almost forgot that one. I felt kamal was too classy for DK stuff, but then that has Prabhudeva also in it.

    Dude! Your pseudo Tam only! WTH! Check out Annatha Adurar! :D

  14. And here I was thinking that I can’t put so many links. So here goes the direct links!

    All Thotta Boopathi (Youth) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgvbV3lYHhc {Simran!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WATCH HER MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!}

    Manmatha Raasa (Thiruda Thirudi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLzocjGzT9Y

    Aata Kavala (Annayya): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrzOLEDLdko
    {Megaaaaastaaaaar!}

    Kaasu Mele Kaasu Vanthu (Kaadhala Kaadhala): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66j-6V31J6E

    Kathadikuddu Kathadikuddu (Ninaivirukkum Vari): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MZU33Gdmk0

    Naan Saalt Cottah (Pennin Manadhai Thottu): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L119xoc-RBc

  15. @ deitaDi: deitaDi pOchammaguDi!! Anna, you r God I tell you! The teen maar songs are awesome I say!! The Bonalu songs brought back a spate of memories! I miss Hyderabad sooo much! ‘kODibaaye lachchammadi’ is such a popular Dappu pATa! I need more I say! You and I shall have a lot to talk about!

  16. @ deitaDi: Also, I haven’t seen anyone use ‘mohtharma’ while addressing a woman in a while now. I used it a couple of times but sadly had to explain what it means and how it is used! No one knew, except may be a few Muslims. :-/
    aaah! Mera salaam qubool kijiye janaab, apne Hyderabad keliye! :)

  17. @sthithapragnya – tammee baalkishan kanpinchina cheTTu kanpinchinaTTekkEshna! aagamaagam jEshnav pO!

    rads gaariki thyaanksu jeppaalE.. avvi dOlaaDutunnappuDu mallOpaari inTe dil khush aindi! naa taana mastugunnai asonTi paaTalu.. email pampu, eTla transfer chEyaalnO decide jEddaam :)

    waalekum assalaam miya! Dakhni zubaan.. uskaa jaado, uska mithaas-ich mast rahingaa! abhi hyderabad ke baarei mei kya bolke bolu?! aakhaa tarasrai, phir se dEkhnE ku!

  18. Yay…great post..even i love Dappan kuthu…
    I tell you one..i can smell some sorta similarity between Nakka Mukka and Annata aaduraar…what say…??

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