Ramana guru padham paadungadi athhai
Thaedi nindrae ramithaadungadi - peNgaL
Koodi nindrae ramithaadungadi
Padham (pronounced with a short ‘pa’, but the long form, paadham also means the same) = feet; paadungadi = sing (girls); thaedi = act of searching; ramithal = enjoying, having fun.
Girls, come together! Let’s sing (our praises) about the holy feet of guru Ramana. Let’s search for the holy feet of guru Ramana and sing in joy.
A word about the use of ‘di’
The appendage ‘di’ for girls and ‘da’ for men and boys is a tricky one. Between close friends, the term connotes extreme intimacy but if used by strangers, it is seen as a mark of disrespect and insult.
Kummi is an ancient Tamil folk dance performed by women in villages on festivals and special occasions, their songs punctuated by the clapping of hands rhythmically. The refrain is ‘kummi adi’, where ‘adi’ means to beat as in a drum or a percussion instrument. They stand around in a circle and sing ‘kummi’ paattu.