Rain Songs

Rains have started in Chennai and celebrating the rains, here is a post on some of my favourite rain songs. The list of songs is in no particular order.

Barso Re – Guru

Let me start with a Rahmanโ€™s song. Barso Re is the first song that I first watched/ listened to from Guru. The first look of the song made me fall in love with it immediately. The rains, the locations, Shreya Goshalโ€™s voice and more importantly Rahmanโ€™s music were all so fresh. In the first listening itself, one can decide that this song is the one that you will want to listen to if you want to celebrate something! ๐Ÿ™‚ The way the song starts with Aishwarya Rai tapping her hands on the walls for the beats and rain drops fall is so nice. Though I felt that everything about the song was perfect when I watched the song full-length in theatre, my opinion has changed now. I donโ€™t like Aishwarya Raiโ€™s dance sequences that much. I feel it could have been better.

Then Maerkku Paruva Kaatru – Karutthamma

This song too starts with wonderful fast beats! When you watch the video of the song, the fast pace of the song is matched by the intensity with which the rain pours. Good choice of singers too.

Maegam Vandhadho โ€“ Mouna Raagam

Only Mani Ratnam can make a girl, who is under so much tension with the burden of lost love in her mind and the thought of a guy sitting in her house waiting to get married to her in all probability, dance with joy along with her friends in the rain. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Oops have I started writing serious stuff here? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) This is a typical Ilayaraja song, nice song though. Not great picturization but. Earlier, I often used to get this song mixed up with Vaan Maegam song from Punnagai Mannan maybe because both had Revathy dancing in the rain wearing a similar dark-coloured costume.

Koi Ladki Hai โ€“ Dil To Pagal Hai

One of Udit Narayanโ€™s best! Those were the times when one can listen to a song just for his voice alone! I like watching Madhuri, Sharukh and Karishma happily dancing in the rains.

Saawan Barse Tarse Dil – Dahek

I donโ€™t really know why I like this song. It doesnโ€™t have great music or extraordinary picturization! But, I never get tired of watching it. This is a bit slow song. Akshay Kanna and Sonali Bendre getting all dressed up, buying gifts for each other and all and fighting the rains to meet each other and when they finally do meet each other, you can feel the love in the air. Hariharan is the perfect singer for any kind of song and this song is no exception. Maybe thatโ€™s what made me start listening to this song in the first place. This song is so slow and soft that you can clearly listen to its lyrics and the lyrics perfectly matches the mood of the song.

Chinna Chinna Mazhai ThuLigaL โ€“ En Swaasa Kaatre

The picturization of this song is not that good. Itโ€™s boring to see Isha Kopikkar standing in the rains and staring at Arvind Samy sing the song. But, the music! Is anything even needed to be said about it when the music director in question is Rahman? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the opening music of the song with the words โ€˜Oru thuLi vizhudhuโ€™ following it.

Jo Haal Dil Ka โ€“ Sarfarosh

This is surely one of Jatin-Lalitโ€™s best. Again, those were the times when a lot of Hindi film songs were superb. But, look at the present quality of Hindi songs! Sigh! Talking about the song, I love the beats that run throughout the song in the background. Shot completely in rain, I like the use of bright-coloured costumes for Aamir Khan and Sonali in this song. Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik would have sung this song so well! Incidentally, Kumar Sanu is one singer whose voice I donโ€™t like much. This song and a few others are an exception.

There are lots more beautiful songs shot in rain. Now, letโ€™s hear from you all what your favourite rain songs are.



  1. Mathangi said,

    June 19, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    I somehow dont like barso re… that too after i saw ash dancing for it!
    then merku is my all time favourite.. and the sound of flowing water in unnai kandene from parijatham is really refreshing..

  2. Durga said,

    June 19, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Another song that comes to my mind is “Andhi Mazhai Megam” from Nayakan. Nice beats.

  3. Prabhu said,

    June 19, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Whats a rain song collection without Andhi Mazhai?

    And ofcourse the one from Punnagai Mannan. I liked it better than the one in Mouna Ragam. Mainly because of that bald uncle sitting inside a Premier Padmini and watching Revathy dance. I always wanted to sit inside a car when its raining heavily, looking at people on the road ๐Ÿ˜€ Now that I have a car, and am close to getting bald I would say my dream is close to coming true ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You might not have heard this song. I think music is Shankar-Ganesh. Song is ‘mazhaiye mazhaiye’. Very nice melody.

    Am not sure if Music Videos count. If yes, I like the bheegi bheegi raaton mein by Adnan Sami

    And another old song. Mazhai mazhgai varudhu kudai koNdu vaa, kaNNe un maarapile from Raja Kaiya vachaa. Prabhu and Gowthami are there in this movie, I guess!

    Mazhai mazhai song from Ullam Ketkume is good too.

    And couldn’t resist posting this, though I know this is a U certificate blog. I like ‘Tip tip barsaa paani’ from Mohra.

    Its too tough to fit rain songs in a single comment, young lady ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. June 19, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    oh boy. i was about to write about the Mohra song :). Ferrari beat me to it.
    and there are a host of wonderful waterfall songs ๐Ÿ˜‰

    btw, i am praying you get invited to a wedding real soon, get inspired and write a post on your favorite wedding songs, and i know one song is surely going to feature in that list. selfish me wants to read about my favorite song again ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Aparna said,

    June 19, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    I haven’t watched that parijatham song.

    Yeah nice betas & nice song ๐Ÿ™‚

    You want to sit inside the car and watch just people or people like Revathy dance? ๐Ÿ˜›
    I have not listened to Mazhaiye mazhaiye and Tip tip barsa paani. Will do that asap.
    Yup. Prabhu & Gowthami are there in the movie. That song is one of my favs too ๐Ÿ™‚
    When it’s tough to fit rain songs in a single post itself, then comment will obviously be difficult ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I haven’t watched that song!
    I needn’t go for a wedding to write about my fav wedding songs ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sathej said,

    June 19, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Anandamruthakarshini in Amruthavarshini by GNB is one of my favourites.By the way,off the track, here. Hope you don’t mind it, Aparna!

  7. Adiya said,

    June 20, 2007 at 12:49 am

    enna ethu enna ethu enna sollvathu.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rim Gim Rim Gim .. ๐Ÿ™‚ ellam mazahi pattum super.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mazahi patthula shreya dance aduvalu andha pattu, mungaru male (kannada) movie illa oru pattu eruku.. its my generally feel most of the times Rain or (Rain Sequence ) + Music Director combo works amazingly.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    no biasing.. all are grt8 numbers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. June 20, 2007 at 7:53 am

    As mentioned by sathej, thalaivar(dikshithar)’s AnandAmruthakarshini rendered by another thalaivar(GNB) ranks among the top for me too. Apart from that “andhi mazhai pozhigiradhu”(rAjapArvai) and chinna chinna thooral enna(senthamizh pAttu) are my fav cine songs abt rain.

  9. Girish said,

    June 20, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Wat about that Slow-Mo rain song in Thalapathi…Its a good one too

  10. Sriram said,

    June 20, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Interesting, Aparna!

    Some of my favorites when it is spl during rains are:

    Only You – Vande Mataram, Yeh jo zindagi – Earth, The lullaby song – Zubeidaa, Boondon se Baatein – Thakshak, Minnalae – May Madham, Tumho meri nigahon – Kabhi na Kabhi, Anbae – Rhythm, Azhage Sugama – Parthale Paravasam, Saawariyaa – Swades, Noor un Alah -Meenaxi and Maula – Mangal Pandey!

  11. Sriram said,

    June 20, 2007 at 11:23 am

    To add to the list iof AR’s collection of ideal compositions to be heard during rains are Putham pudhu bhoomi – Thiruda Thiruda, Ghoomaparani – Forgotten Hero, Desert storm – WOHE, Bol Sajni (Some how though would have worked beautifully in rain).

    Yes, GNB’s Amruthavarshini would have been magical…. Even Lalgudi’s version is so sublime and puts one in trance.

    Finally at this very moment, it just feels to put all the work aside and listen to all these lovely compositions with the room window open and feeling the sounds and smell of the RAIN! Chennai has been so gorgeous for last few days that I am just running around with my camera :)!

  12. Sathej said,

    June 20, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    So, Sriram, we can look forward to even more gorgeous photographs!

  13. Couch Potato said,

    June 20, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Adding to the growing list “dil ye bechein hai” from Taal(my hazy memory tells me ash was singing in the rain for this one).and the classic one from Salangai Oli ,i forget the song,but cant forget Kamal dancing on the well !!

  14. siva said,

    June 20, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Nice collection aparna. The best rain song for me is – even though its a oldest – “Kaana inban kanindhadheno..” from “sabaash meena”.

    Also i have tagged u. Pls join and honour.

  15. couchp said,

    June 20, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    rainsong in Salangai Oli.A drunk Kamal dancing on the well ;-).forgot the tune n lyrics though.

  16. Arun N said,

    June 20, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Couchp, Its “thakita thadhimi thakita thadhimi thandhaana”..
    Its a nice song. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favourite is “Then maerkku parava kaatru”

  17. Aparna said,

    June 20, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Yes nice song ๐Ÿ™‚


    Sai Prasad,
    Andhi Mazhai is one of my favs too ๐Ÿ™‚


    Excellent choice of songs! ๐Ÿ™‚ now your comment has made me want to listen to all these songs ๐Ÿ™‚

    Couch Potato & Arun,
    Welcome to my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t remember that song now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Will do the tag soon

  18. narayanan said,

    June 21, 2007 at 1:32 am

    ‘Jo Haal Dil Ka’ mazhai paata ? visuals’la mazhai penja mazhai paatagiduma ? Megam Kottatum from EnakkuL Oruvan, Maari Mazhai Peyyadho from Uzhavan are a couple more rain songs to add.

  19. ranjhith said,

    June 21, 2007 at 10:12 am

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Ithu thaan isai mazhai yoo? Like rain, music is the orchestration of lightning, thunders, white noise & the smell of earth. Treat for all senses. Good one.

  20. ranjhith said,

    June 21, 2007 at 10:12 am

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Ithu thaan isai mazhai yoo? Like music, rain is the orchestration of lightning, thunders, white noise & the smell of earth. Treat for all senses. Good one.

  21. ranjhith said,

    June 21, 2007 at 10:15 am

    my 1st comment is a misery of words. good to delete. (inclusive of this ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  22. Aparna said,

    June 21, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Inga enna strict rules irukka? idhudhaan mazhai paattu idhu illanu solla? ๐Ÿ˜›
    I don’t know the first song that you have mentioned

    I won’t delete the comments ๐Ÿ™‚ That was a nice line ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean the line in the second comment of yours ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Ramesh said,

    July 21, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Nice songs..

    I heard the song ‘mazhai mazhai.. en ulagathil varugindra muthal mazhai..from ‘ullam ketkume.. so nice song… hav u heard it!

    Global Indian

  24. Aparna said,

    July 22, 2007 at 11:52 am

    I don’t like the song that much

  25. Balaji said,

    January 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    There are still lot more better rain songs than this collection…
    pothukitu oothuthadi vaanam, ponvaanam panneer thoovuthu inneram and lot more…

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