VIDEO: SemMozhi, The Tamil Anthem

“Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam” is a Tamil song composed by A. R. Rahman, penned by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and performed by several leading Tamil artistes of over three generations. It is the official theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, encapsulating the contributions of Tamil culture and literature down the ages. The song, a tribute to the Tamil language, features a fusion of various musical styles, including Carnatic, Folk, Acoustic, Sufi, Rock and Rap.

The World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, officially the 9th World Tamil Conference and informally known as the World Tamil Meet, is an international meet by Tamil scholars, researchers, poets, celebrities etc. from all around the world, which was held in Coimbatore from 23 to 27 June 2010. A poem titled Semmozhi was penned by the writer turned politician, M. Karunanidhi specifically for this meet, but with the wider vision that it be an anthem for Tamils across the globe.

He demanded this poem to be set to tune by Tamil composer A. R. Rahman.It took two to two-and-a-half months for A. R. Rahman to complete recording the song, which was appreciated upon release. Neither Rahman nor Gautham Menon, who directed the song, took any remuneration to do this song.

The central message of the song is that all were equal by birth and they should have the feeling that they remained so even later and they should live as one race.

Through the lyrics, the history of Tamil literature is also highlighted. After the initial composing was over, a new verse was added highlighting the works of Tamil poets Kambar and Avvaiyar.


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