In an earlier post, I had written about how vernacular language lyrics when translated into Hindi loose their meaning completely.

This post is about how lyrics translated between two vernacular languages still retains it’s meaning beautifully.

The song which I am currently listening in a loop is “Kaara attakkaaraa” from the Tamil movie “O Kadhal Kanmani“. The movie has been dubbed into Telugu as “OK Bangaram” and the song as “Raara aatagaada“. One of the reasons for this song to be translated so beautifully, with the same meaning, into the other language can be probably because the lyricist – Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam – is the same with Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry helping out a bit with translation. It of course sound the same as well song by the same singers – Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Darshana, Shashaa Tirupati – in both the languages.

Here’s the translation. I picked up these from other sites. The Telugu one, I corrected a little. The Tamil one, I left it as is. The underlined words are just used as rhythm / tune, they mostly don’t convey anything.

Tamil English Translation Telugu English Translation
Kaaraa aattakaara
kaathirukkeney
(2x)
o o hoooo
aattakaara
kaathirukkeney
hey boy,  play boy
I’m waiting for you.(2x)
Hey playboy, I am waiting for you
Raaraa aatagaada veychi unnaara (2x)
veychi unnaara veychi unnaara
Come, come playboy, I’m waiting for you(2x)
I’m waiting, I’m waiting!
nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoi hoi(2x)
nama nama nama thandhiramaana killaadi naan naan hoi hoi
nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoi hoi(2x)
nama nama nama
I’m a cunning hooligan, hoi, hoi
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy (2x)
Nama nama nama kiri kiri pette khillaadi ne hoy hoy
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy (2x)
Hey, I’m a cunning fellow
ini enna, thindadi,
munnadi, pinnadi, veratti naan unna meratti
valai veesi pidikka nenaikkuren yemaattram unakka!!  nama nama
you’re struggling, following, chasing me.
threatening me. thinking to catch me
throwing a net. but what a disappointment for you!! nama nama
Tharamakura chindhara vandhara
Thondhara petti mundhuku netti
Vala vesi dhorakamanakura
Adhi maathram kudharadhu nama nama
Don’t chase  me by creating disorder/confusion
(By)hastening me, pushing me forwardDon’t expect me to fall in your trap
That would never happen
nama nama nama vilayaadithaan velluven naan hoi hoi
nama nama nama ney na na ney
na na hoi hoi
(3x)
I’ll win the game by playing well.
hoi hoi.
nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoi hoi(3x)
Nama nama nama ninnaadisthu odinchestha hoy hoy
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy
(3x)
By playing you,
I can easily defeat you
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy(3x)
nama nama nama thandhiramaana killaadi naan naan hoi hoi
Thoratha
nenaikira parunga.
odadhe vettai aadunga.
My aayaa pole illaingo
muttaadhe modhaadhe odhungungo
nama nama nama I’m a cunning hooligan, I am, I am  hoi, hoi
She is thinking to chase me.
Do not run its a hunting Goat.
Not like my grandma.Don’t slide and crash just give way
Nama nama nama kiri kiri pette khilladi ne hoy hoy
Nilabadi atu itu choododdhu

Thega Dheemaaga thala yetthoddhu
Naa satthaa yentho adagoddhu
Nee penki thanaminka thagginchuko
I’m a cunning fellow
Don’t keep looking pointlessly
Don’t raise your head with confidence
Don’t ask me what I’m capable of
You better reduce your arrogance
I Like a game of own va va odungo
ena paathu veruppaango
velakkaathe odungo
(2x)
I Like a game of own come on, give a way.
Is it disgusting seeing me?
Don’t need a reason, go away.(2x)
I make a game of own va va va anukuntu
Na venuke parigetthu kitukedho kanipettu
(2x)
I make my own game
Chase me and come discover the trick (2x)
Kaaraa aattakaara
kaathirukkeney
(2x)
o o hoooo
aattakaara
kaathirukkeney
hey boy,  play boy
I’m waiting for you.(2x)
Hey playboy, I am waiting for you
Raaraa aatagaada veychi unnaara (2x)
veychi unnaara veychi unnaara
Come, come playboy, I’m waiting for you(2x)
I’m waiting, I’m waiting!
nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoi hoi(2x)
nama nama nama thandhiramaana killaadi naan naan hoi hoi
nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoi hoi(2x)
nama nama nama
I’m a cunning hooligan, hoi, hoi
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy (2x)
Nama nama nama kiri kiri pette khillaadi ne hoy hoy
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy (2x)
Hey, I’m a cunning fellow
Thakka tharikida thaga thaga thakka
thadumaara miralaadhae viyangaadhae
nadungaadhae
(2x)
puli da!!
Thakka tharikida thaga thaga thakka
don’t stumble, don’t be afraid,don’t tremble (2x),
I am a Tigress!!
Thaka tharikita thaga thaga thak thak
Thadabaduthu gadabidaga
Yegabadithe padagodathaa
(2x)
Puli ra!!
Without confidence staggeringly,
If you jump (on me), I would defeat you
I’m a Tigress!
Play play I am a gamer
Mo mo mo mo more ride
check in panna checkout-eh pannamaata
Play play I am a gamer
Mo mo mo mo more ride
once checked-in he never checkouts
Play play I am a gamer
Mo mo mo mo more ride
Check in aithe check out ye kaavanthe!
Play play I am a gamer
Mo mo mo mo more ride
If you checkin, you would never checkout
Kaaraa aattakaara
kaathirukkeney
(2x)
o o hoooo
aattakaara
kaathirukkeney
hey boy,  play boy
I’m waiting for you.(2x)
Hey playboy, I am waiting for you
Raaraa aatagaada veychi unnaara (2x)
veychi unnaara veychi unnaara
Come, come playboy, I’m waiting for you(2x)
I’m waiting, I’m waiting!
nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoi hoi(2x)
nama nama nama thandhiramaana killaadi naan naan hoi hoi
nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoi hoi(2x)
nama nama nama
I’m a cunning hooligan, I am, I am  hoi, hoi
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy (2x)
Nama nama nama kiri kiri pette khillaadi ne hoy hoy
Nama nama nama ney na na ney na na hoy hoy (2x)
Hey, I’m a cunning fellow
Kowaaya mumbaiya (2x)
Yama haan yama haan yama haan
Kowaaya mumbaiya (2x)
Yama haan yama haan yama haan
Kowaaya mumbaiya (2x)
Yama haan yama haan yama haan
Kowaaya mumbaiya (2x)
Yama haan yama haan yama haan
Yama say yama play yama too much I would say (3x) Yama say yama play yama too much I would say (3x) Yama say yama play yama too much I would say (3x) Yama say yama play yama too much I would say (3x)
en peru kate,
katyaani

meow!!
My name (is) Kate Katyayini
Meow!
Naa peru Kate Katyayini
Meow!
My name (is) Kate Katyayini
Meow!
Kaaraa aattakaara( x) hey boy,  play boy( x) Raaraa aatagaada…( x) Raaraa aatagaada…( x)
Idhu mudivalla thodarum Idi antham kaadhu sashesham This is not the end,(it’s) pending

You can watch the songs here – Tamil (Kaara Aattakkaara) and Telugu (Raara aatagaada).