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     1'''Udumalai Narayana Kavi (1899-1981)''' 
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     4Tamil lyric writer. Born in a merchant 
     5(Chettiar) family; learnt music from theatre 
     6songwriter Udumalai Sarabam Muthusami 
     7Kavi. Adopted part of his teacher’s name as a 
     8tribute. Early work for gramophone 
     9companies like Tasophone, Odeon and HMV, 
     10often writing comic songs. Employed as lyric 
     11writer by theatre groups, e.g. Arya Gana 
     12Sabha, where he also occasionally acted. Film 
     13début in Krishna Leela (1934). Worked at 
     14Angel Films, Salem (Draupadi 
     15Vastrapaharanam, 1934; Thooku Thooki, 
     161935). Campaigned in 1937 for the Congress 
     17Party and wrote several nationalistic songs for 
     18films like Maya Jyothi (1941), elaborating his 
     19characteristic type of humorous propaganda 
     20songs. A Dravidar Kazhagam ideologue and 
     21early follower of Periyar. Best-known work in 
     22the propaganda genre with the comedian N.S. 
     23Krishnan, adopting a rationalist atheism also 
     24found in the DMK Film. Wrote several 
     25propaganda songs for DK films, starting with 
     26Ezhanda Kadal (1941). The most famous one 
     27was Nallathambi (1949), scripted by C.N. 
     28Annadurai and starring Krishnan. Also wrote 
     29classic verse opposing the brahminical clergy 
     30in Sorgavasal (1954). Songs were often in the 
     31old popular Company Natak style, with 
     32simple rhymes. His lyrics and poetry were 
     33compiled by the Dravidar Kazhagam (1986, 
     34edited by Sanghai Velavan). 
     35 
     36[[Music]]