Liberty by V.S. Arunachalam (An Art Song presented by Ravi iyer Feat. K.C.Loy)
'Liberty' penned by Late V.S. Arunachalam presented as an Art Song by Ravi Iyer. I am stoked to share an age-old piece of writing that was penned by my maternal granddad Late Mr. V.S. Arunachalam. Born on 24th April 1897, later during his age of 20’s and 30’s was employed with General Motors back then while he supported his family after settling in Mumbai in the year 1919. Though he had his regular white-collar job he was never content since he was more of a creative writer sans name and fame. He has always been translating his thoughts through his poems, film scripts, plays and many more. Many of his work have been officially published in newspapers, magazines etc. back then and many have been rejected as well. The excuse being that his writings were way ahead of time and commercially they would not be appreciated by the general mass of audiences back then. However, I find all this still holds true in our present times as well. Nevertheless, I was alarmed at the amount of work he had put in and moreover I am indebted to my family for preserving his work intact till date. To begin with I chose one of his inspirational poems titled ‘Liberty’ to present it as my first Art Song.
Originally penned by Mr. V.S. Arunachalam (24th April 1897 – 30th August 1956)
Do you know what it is that they call Liberty? Ask him not of the shade if he knows not the Sun; Ask him not of the poor if to wealth born he be; Say the wise; And likewise, Ask him not of the thrall if he be slaver’s son, For he knows naught of worth Born with such mental dearth! Have you seen land of Liberty true on this sphere? Seek it not in the lands with the brute’s traditions; Seek it not in the states where the rich interfere: Do not stake On mistake: Seek it not in the realms boastful of possessions Earnt by force or deceit, Curbing heart’s noble beat! Do you wish for a glimpse of this God’s greatest gift? Look within! There it is in the shrine of your soul, Hid by fears, factious mind and such foes of your lift! Well construe; ‘Tis but true! Tear the screens; glimpse the goal; wander not Pole to Pole: God and Liberty are In yourself, never far! Copyrights @ Ravi Iyer