Lyricist Vairamuthu has his opinion on matters of significance which affect the polity and society at large. His recent utterances have centred around the costume for Tamil women. The lyricist, who holds the Indian record of having won the coveted national award for ‘best lyrics’ six times, was taking part at a private event in Erode.
Speaking on the occasion, Vairamuthu touched upon many issues. “There is absolutely no need for us to feel bad that paavadai-dhaavani, the traditional Tamil costume for women and girls, has disappeared slowly even from rural areas. It had disappeared from urban areas long back. Now, it appears that it’s slowly making its way out even in rural areas in the State.
“In this regard, I’d like to pint out that churidhar is not only a perfect alternative for paavadai-dhaavani but is also double safe for them. Speakers before me pointed that it’s a honour for Erode that I have come here today. I won’t accept this at all; Erode is the birth place of EVR Periyar, the founder of the self-respect movement. As such, it’s I who feel honoured to be visiting this place.
“Young women and girls have now almost forgotten paavadai-dhaavani and have taken to wearing churidar. We don’t need to feel for it, as churidar is a perfect costume in tune with the changing times. It’s a safe dress which won’t do any harm to our tradition or culture. The dress is more suitable, comfortable and safe for women, I feel,” said Vairamuthu.
Actress Anjali was also one of the invitees at the event.