When I am going to see you
For the content of my eyes
And also to remove my ‘kali’ [all the bad karmas, evil times, etc.]
Having pity on this world
You died on the cross
You protected the thief
Who sought your feet?
But I don’t know such formalities
And when will I see you
As you kindly bear all the offences
Done by this little one and saved me
When I write such songs adapting Hindu songs and bhajans, I pay more attention to keep the music and words closer to the original than on theological aspects. For me, such songs written by me cater to my need to sing in Carnatic Music. Of course, Hindu fundamentalists will object to such a practice. But as a Hindu bhakta, it is my birth right to use my own format without distorting the original one.
I wish I could send the Tamil text with the English meaning, but it should be available on the Internet as it is a famous song. Song 65, ‘Kuraiondrum illai’ is available on the Internet. If you listen, some of you can understand my passion after Carnatic music.