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  • What does 'Karky' mean?
  • Karky means bitter in russian.
    I was named after Maxim Gorky, a famous Russian writer.
    My father, Mr. Vairamuthu, was an ardent fan of Gorky's works.
  • What is this Lyric Engineering?
  • I see a lyric as a building, a bridge or a software, in short, a process.
    I envision a process applying scientific and mathematical principles to develop effective lyrics.
    Lyric Engineering is my pet research topic.
    Lyric Mining, Lyricist Modeling, Rhyme Analysis, Pleasantness, Freshness, Semantic Analysis, Lyric Visualisation are a few interesting topics in the field of Lyric Engineering.
  • What is your first song?

  • The first song I wrote for a movie is 'Irumbile' for Endhiran : The Robot.
    The first song that released was 'Odo Odo' from Kanden Kadhalai
    First song that got recorded was 'Hola Amigo' in Ilamai Idho Idho
    adding more to it,
    every song I write, I feel, is my first song.
  • Do you write dialogues?

  • Yes. I co-wrote Endhiran along with Director Shankar and Writer Sujatha.
    'Dot' in Endhiran was my first dialogue.
    I also co-wrote Nanban dialogues along with Director Shankar.
  • Where do you write?

  • Almost anywhere.
    Cafes, beaches, salons, peak hour traffic roads any place with a lot of buzz around.
  • What is the meaning of 'kuviyamillaa oru kaatchi paezhai' in Ennamo Edho?

  • Our hero is a photographer in the movie who is in love.
    He captures the pleasant confusions over a relationship using his own terminologies.
    Kuviyam = Focus
    Kuviyamillaa = Out of Focus
    Kaatchi Paezhai = Display Unit (TV Screen, Computer Monitor or the small display behind the camera)
    Kaatchi paezhai refers to his own world and Kuviyamillaa refers to the lack of clarity.
  • You have used some uncommon Tamil words in lyrics. Can you list them?

  • நீலப்பல் - bluetooth - irumbile
    குவியம் - focus - ennamo edho
    ஆக்சிடோசின் - oxytocin hormone - hola amigo
    நாடிமானி - stethoscope - ask laska
    திசைமானி - compass - anamika
    ஒசக்க - high - osakka
    எகன மொகன - rhyme schemes in Tamil - osakka
    அங்கதை அரம்பை காந்தை காரிகை … girl - angadhai
    கோரினால் - request - நீ கோரினால்
    வுவுசெலா - vuvuzela instrument - vuvuzela
    கொண்டல் - cloud - sandhikkaadha kangalil
    முனையம் - terminal - sandhikkaadha kangalil
    பூதக் கண்ணாடி - magnifying glass - veesum velichathile
    வாற்கோதுமை கள் - Beer - vaarkoadhumai cal
    கேமமில் பூ - chamomile flower - kaal mulaitha poovae
  • What is your qualification?

  • For my academic profile, I have a MInfTechSt and PhD in Computer Science from University of Queensland, Australia.
    For my lyric writing career, I was madly in love with a girl and proposed to her after 5 years, then broke up with her and married her after another 5 years.
  • Can you list some popular songs penned by you?

  • Irumbile and Boom Boom | Endhiran
    Ennamo Edho | Ko
    Ask Laska and Endhan Kan Munne | Nanban
    Nee Korinaal | 180
    Nenjil Nenjil | Engeyum Kadhal
    Azhaipaaya and Parvathy | Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Eppadi
    Zhe Yindu | 7aam Arivu
    Veesum Velichathile | Naan Ee
    Vaaya Moodi| Mugamoodi
    Google Google | Thuppaakki
    Elay Keechan, Adiye | Kadal
    Prayer Song | Idharkuthaane Aasaipattaai Balakumara
    Osakka | Vanakkam Chennai
    Maanja | Maan Karate
  • What do you teach in Anna University?

  • I was teaching Advanced Databases, Principles of Programming Languages, Environmental Science and Engineering and many such courses in the Department of Computer Science. I have resigned from my teaching profession in Jan 2013. Full time lyricist, dialogue writer now and part time researcher in Karky Research Foundation.
  • What did you want to be when you were young?

  • When I was in my 6th standard : Story writer
    In my 9th : Computer Engineer
    In my BE : Software Developer
    When I was developing software : Academician(Research and Teaching)
    During my Masters : Photographer or Chef
    During my PhD : Lyric writer
    My dreams keep changing. I just follow it, wherever it takes me.
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