Unfortunately, no subtitles for this classic. But I’m less interested in the dialogue here than in the amazing dances from Kumari Kamala (or Baby Kamala, as some might have still been calling her, though she had gone beyond her prodigy years at this point, reaching the ripe old age of 12 or 13).
I have to thank Minai for showing me where to find these and, in fact, I’m going to lift the first clip straight from another one of her wonderful Tamil cinema posts, this one on The Freedom Movement Through Tamil Cinema (with a scan of the fine article on the subject from Galatta). I have already warned Minai that I was going to put this on my blog too, because I once had posted this dance here and Moserbaer took it away from me. I still have the famous Gandhi Mahan song up in a post from a little over a year and a half ago, but this one is even better, the dance to the great M.K. Bharathiyar song of liberation, Aduvome Pallu Paduvome.
Of course, since this is not a separate dance clip but the first part of the uploaded movie, there is other stuff in this clip too (including a bicycle ride that Minai mentions being fond of – well, it’s OK, but it’s not a Kamala dance). So, to get right to the Kamala dance, go to 6:34:
And then there is another Kamala dance that I like just as much, if not more. It’s her drum dance(!) plus a few other things. In the final part of the movie, this one starts at almost the same point as the dance in the first part, around 6:31 (though there’s some other fun – if extremely patriotic – theater taking place before it):
And for those who want to watch the whole movie, you can find it all here. Since it is in Tamil without subtitles, a lot of people reading this won’t understand any of the dialogue, but it might be worth it just to see this classic anyway (and I might sit down and watch the whole thing from beginning to end myself sometime soon).
By the way, some people may have noticed that I got these clips from the same source where I got the early Padmini-Lalitha clip (or, rather, I found that one after seeing these clips). I’m going to keep a close eye on Thirishakumaran’s channel and hope it stays with us.