Sivagangai Seemai

Sivagangai Seemai
Directed by K. Shankar
Produced by K. S. Ranganathan
Written by Kannadasan
Story by Kannadasan
Starring S. S. Rajendran
S. Varalakshmi
Kamala Lakshmanan
T. K. Bhagavathi
M. N. Rajam
Music by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
Cinematography Thambu
Edited by K. Shankar
K. Narayanan
Kannadasan Productions
Distributed by Kannadasan Productions
Release dates
19 May 1959[1]
Country India
Language Tamil

Sivagangai Seemai is a 1959 Tamil feature film directed by K. Shankar. This was Kannadasan’s second home production and he wrote the script and lyrics for the movie. The movie's cast is S. S. Rajendran, S. Varalakshmi, Kamala Lakshmanan and M. N. Rajam in lead roles.[2]


After the execution of Kattabomman on 17 October 1799 at Kayattar, Chinna Marudhu gave asylum to Kattabomman's brother Oomadurai. But, the British took this reason to invade and attacked Sivaganga in 1801 with a powerful army. The Maruthu Pandiyars and their allies were quite successful and captured three districts from the British. British considered it as a serious threat to their future in India that they rushed additional troops from Britain to put down the Maruthu Pandiyars' rebellion.



The soundtrack features 16 songs composed by Viswanathan Ramamoorthy.[3]Lyrics were by Kannadasan. Singer is S. Varalakshmi. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, C. S. Jayaraman, V. N. Sundharam, T. S. Bagavathi, P. Leela, K. Jamuna Rani, Jikki, Radha Jayalakshmi, P. Suseela and A. P. Komala.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Saanthu Pottu Thala Thalanga P. Leela & K. Jamuna Rani Kannadasan 03:48
2 Veerargal Vaazhum Dravidar Naattai T. M. Soundararajan 03:26
3 Thendral Vandhu Veesaadho S. Varalakshmi & T. S. Bagavathi 04:06
4 Kannankaruthaa Kili Kattazhagan Thotta kili P. Leela 03:11
5 Kanavu Kandaen Naan Kanavu Kandaen (happy) T.M. Soundararajan & T. S. Bagavathi 03:32
6 Maruvirukkum Koondhal (traditional verse) V. N. Sundharam 00:28
7 Kanavu Kandaen Naan Kanavu Kandaen (Pathos)- T. S. Bagavathi 03:02
8 Vaigai Perugivara C. S. Jayaraman & P. Leela 03:28
9 Thanimai Naerndhadho S. Varalakshmi
10 Sivagangai Cheemai Sivagangai Cheemai T.M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan & A. P. Komala 03:27
11 Kottu Melam Kottungadi Kummi Kotti Paadungadi Jikki 03:28
12 Chinna Chinna Chittu Sivagangaiyai Vittu K. Jamuna Rani 03:12
13 Muthu Pugazh Padaitthu S. Varalakshmi & Radha Jayalakshmi 05:49
14 Aalikkum Kaigal (one verse) V. N. Sundaram 00:30
15 Megam Kuvindhadhammaa.... Imaiyum Vizhiyum P. Suseela & dialogues by P. S. Veerappa 04:38
16 Vidiyum Vidiyum Endrirundhoam T. S. Bagavathi 04:24


Because the majority of male characters in the film had thick moustaches, the Tamil magazine Kumudam called it "Sivagangai Meesai", with "Meesai" meaning "moustache". The film was not a success, but because of its theme and historic content, it acquired cult status in later years.[2]


  1. Sachi Sri Kantha. "MGR Remembered – Part 26". Ilankai Tamil Sangam. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. 1 2 Randor Guy (4 February 2012). "Blast from the past - Sivagangai Seemai (1957)". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. "Sivagangai Seemai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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