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Weaving words with rhythm

G. Prasad
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Lyricist Yugabharathi. PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
Lyricist Yugabharathi. PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

For Yugabharathi, penning lyrics for the film ‘Mynaa' was a satisfying experience.

“I was part of the team right from the beginning. I was there during story discussion and it helped me understand director Prabu Solomon's expectations,” he says.

Yugabharathi, who wrote four out of the five songs in the film, says that Prabu Solomon wasn't too keen on having the ‘Jingu chikka …' song. “Music director Imman and I had to convince him, since the director felt the number was a commercial element. Thankfully it turned out to be a big hit,” he smiles.

Hailing from Thanjavur, Yugabharathi had an interest for poetry writing since young age. “I got good support from my family. My teachers at Maxwell Matriculation Higher Secondary School (Thanjavur) and Government Polytechnic College (Aranthangi) were of great encouragement,” he recalls.

Breakthrough

After finishing his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Yugabharathi worked as a journalist in a Tamil magazine. It was at that time ‘Manapathayam,' a compilation of Yugabharathi's poems, caught the attention of director Lingusamy. The latter gave him a break through the song ‘Pallankuzhiyin vattam parthaen…' in the film ‘Aanandham.' Then followed a series of super hit numbers including, ‘Kadhal Pisase….,' (Run) ‘Manmadha Raasa…' (Thiruda Thirudi), ‘Konja neram…' (Chandramukhi) and Yugabharathi's career graph took an upswing.

“Writing poetry came to me naturally, but to be a lyricist I had to learn a lot and I still keep learning. A success of a song depends on so many factors. Also there needs to be a good sync between the director, music composer and the lyricist,” he observes.

Yugabharathi cherishes the experience of having worked with maestro Ilayaraja in the forthcoming film ‘Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai.' “I got the opportunity to work with the legend after penning close to 1,000 songs. It was a wonderful experience.”

Be it lyrics for a tune or vice-versa, Yugabharathi has no qualms. “I have written for tunes and music directors have composed for my lyrics as well. It all depends on the situation. The most important thing is to come up with good songs,” says the young lyricist.

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