Maalaiyitta Mangai

Maalaiyitta Mangai (transl. The woman who garlanded)[3] is a 1958 Tamil-language film directed by G. R. Nathan and produced by Kannadasan under his own production company Kannadhasan Films.[4] The film's soundtrack was composed by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy.[5] The film stars T. R. Mahalingam, Pandari Bai and Mynavathi in lead roles, with Manorama (in her acting debut), Kaka Radhakrishnan and C. Lakshmi Rajyam in supporting roles. It is based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Chandra Nath.[6]

Maalaiyitta Mangai
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byG. R. Nathan
Produced byKannadasan
Screenplay byKannadasan
Based onChandra Natha
by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay[1]
StarringT. R. Mahalingam
Pandari Bai
Music byViswanathan-Ramamoorthy
CinematographyG. R. Nathan
Release date
27 June 1958[2]


Chandru is a guy who studies in London and returns to Trichy. He lives with his aunt, Alankari and uncle and their daughter Kamalam. Kamalam is in love with Chandru but Chandru doesn't reciprocate it. Chandru goes to Madras to meet his friends family. There, he meets Sarasu and they fall in love. Sarasu is from a poor family. They both get married and he brings her to Trichy. Kamalam hates Sarasu in the beginning but when Sarasu is ready to give up her husband for Kamalam, she realises Sarasu's generous and gentle nature and they both become close. Sarasu gets pregnant and during the bangle ceremony, Alankari gets a picture of Sarasu's mother, Chellam and tells everyone that Chellam became pregnant after her husband went to jail and she is characterless. Chandru's mind changes and he makes Sarasu leave the house to uphold his family values. Sarasu comes to Madras and finds that her mother is dead and her father is in jail again. She finds a letter written by her mother which says she got pregnant by her father who used to escape from jail and meet her at night and that they both run away to Madras. This letter proves her mother's character. Sarasu delivers a boy and Kamalam's marriage arrangements are made with Chandru. Kamalam chastises Chandru for throwing the pregnant Sarasu out and says he will be a man only if he brings her back. Chandru realises his mistake and goes to apologise to Sarasu. He meets with an accident and Sarasu donates her blood and nurses him back to health. Sarasu becomes weak and on her death bed unites Chandru and Kamalam and dies.



Maalaiyitta Mangai was the adaptation of the novel Chandra Nath by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.[1] The film marked the acting debut of Manorama.[7][8] In an interview, she recalled that it was Kannadasan who insisted her to perform the comical role for the film as portraying such characters would cement her status in the industry.[9]


Music was composed by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy and all lyrics were written by Kannadasan.[10][11] According to writer Sruthisagar Yamunan, the song "Engal Dhraavida Ponnaade" was a "direct challenge to the Congress party's version of nationalism".[12] according to M.S. Viswanathan, all songs in this film were first written by Kannadasan and then only were they set to the tunes by MSV.

No. Songs Singers Lyrics Length(m:ss)
1 "Sendhamizh Thenmozhiyaal" T. R. Mahalingam Kannadasan 04:26
2 "Engal Dhraavida Ponnaade" T. R. Mahalingam 03:25
3 "Naan Indri Yaar Vaaruvaar" T. R. Mahalingam & A. P. Komala 03:28
4 "Sendhamizh Thenmozhiyaal" K. Jamuna Rani 04:48
5 "Ammaa Unnai Kondu Vanatthile" V. N. Sundharam 01:05
6 "Akkarai Cheemaikku Pona Macchaan" Seerkazhi Govindarajan & K. Jamuna Rani 04:10
7 "Maalayitta Mana Mudichu" K. Jamuna Rani 03:28
8 "Mazhai Kooda Oru Naalil" M. S. Rajeswari 03:43
9 "Illaram Onre Nallaram" P. Suseela 04:11
10 "Saattai Illaa Pambarampol" Thiruchi Loganathan & M. S. Rajeswari
dialogues by Pandari Bai
11 "Thingal Mudi Soodum Malai" T. R. Mahalingam 02:22
12 "Inaadum Immozhiyum.... Vetri Thrunaade" A. P. Komala 02:26
13 "Annaiyin Naattai Pagaivargal" T. S. Bagavathi 02:12
14 "Vil Enge Kanai Enge" Seerkazhi Govindarajan 02:04
15 "Annam Pola Pennirukku" P. Suseela 03:26


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  5. ^ "Maalayitta Mangai". Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
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  7. ^ "50 years of Manorama". The Hindu. 30 June 2008. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  8. ^ Smitha Sadhanandan (30 September 2002). "Having the last laugh". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 12 March 2003. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
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  10. ^ Maalai Itta Mangai (1958) – Viswanathan-Ramamurthy, retrieved 18 August 2018
  11. ^ Maalaiyitta Mangai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Viswanathan – Ramamoorthy, 31 December 1958, retrieved 18 August 2018
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