How did you feel when you were not
given a national award for the song Avaravar
Vazhkaiyil from the film Pandavarbhoomi?
I was depressed when I was not given an
award for that song. Everyone praised my work
and they were confident that I will be given
a national award for the song. Anyway, I feel
happy that Pa. Vijay has received a national
award for the song Ovoru pookalumae in the
film Autograph. I was the first one to congratulate
him for his success. I am confident that I
will receive national award for the songs
in the film Raam.
Can you tell us about your first song?
Vairamuthu was inspired by my literary works
and I spent five years working as an assistant
to him. Then I released my literary works
in two books. K.Balachandar, who was the guest
of the book releasing function, asked me to
write songs for movies. I got a chance from
S.A.Rajkumar to compose a song in the film
Putham Pudhu Poove.
Who named you as Snehan?
I, myself named me as Snehan. My parents
called me by the name Sivaselvam. I was not
interested in the name as such names are well-known
in every street. I changed my name to Snehan
which means man of love.
Can you share your experience with
I was innocent when I came to Chennai and
he is the one who taught me everything. He
is a very fine poet and the only poet who
lives life according to a plan. Without him
I would have not grown up to this level.
Which is your song that gave you
the out look in Tamil film industry?
I was not talked off much when I wrote the
song Avaravar Vazhkaiyil, but I was recognized
as a poet only after the song kalyananthan
kattikittu (Saami) hit the screen.
Can you tell us about the song Aarariraro
from the film Raam?
This song is totally a different song from
the earlier songs on mother. This the first
time a song is composed such that a son sings
a lullaby for his mother. The singer Jesudas
congratulated me for the depth of words used
in this song.
Which is your favorite song?
Apart from the songs composed by me, my favourite
song is Naanaga naan illai thayae (Film: Thungathey
thambi Thungathey). Another attracting song
is Kaadhal Siragu written by Kannadasan. Avaravar
Vazhkayil is my favorite song among the songs
written by me. I was shocked when the song
Chinna vayasula (Pandavarbhoomi) was included
as a background as it did not reach the masses
as I expected.
How many of your books were released?
Before entering film industry, two books,
namely, Mudhal Adhyayam(First episode) and
Innum penngal azhaga irrukangal were released.
After two years in tamil film industry, I
released two more books, Ippadium Irukkalam
and Puthagam. The book Pudhagam was released
by Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram’s wife.
At present I am working on four other books.
Sir, thank you for giving your interview
to Behindwoods. What do you want tell to the
I thank Behindwoods for giving me an opportunity
to furnish my thoughts. Through this interview
I feel that I was able to convey my thoughts
to all the people in 163 nations.