Good one, Udhaya! Among the early hits of Yesudas in Tamil.
The original is the famous 'ezhilam paala poothu poomarangal kuda pidichu' from the Malayalam movie 'kaadu' (1973/ Neela Productions). Directed by P.Subramaniam. Music was by Vedpal Verma.
Listen to it here:
http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/m ... name.3496/
It was remade in Tamil by P.Subramaniam as 'malainaattu mangai' (1974/ Rani Productions) starring Gemini Ganesh & Vijayasri. T.K.Pugazhendhi was given the task of copying the songs in Tamil. AIR used to credit the music to TKP whenever this song was song was aired. However, the EP record of the movie mentions Vedpal Verma (The cover of the record shows the kaadhal mannan and Vijayasri in a tight embrace- their attire and pose must have probably inspired later day 'forest fanatsies' like jambu and kizhakku africavil sheela :) )
Another worthy song in the movie is 'vandhaaL kaattu poochendu' endhan veettu ponvaNdu' by Yesudas and humming by SJ.
Usha & Sankar- Happy Anniversary!