Ilaiyaraja turns 66 today. When I learnt it was his birthday, I felt compelled to write something about him. It is impossible to write a post which does justice to his contribution to music. So I wont even go there.
IR has been composing since '70s. He would've done almost every genre of music that can be applied to Indian Cinema. Picking best of his works would be like trying to pick rain drops from the ocean.
I play Violin and I am very fond of my mother tongue, Thamizh. Violin and Thamizh form an integral part in most of IR works. From my collection of IR's work, these are the instrumental scores where IR mesmerizes me with the use of Violin. These three albums are very special to me.
- How to name it? - An instrumental fusion album. Pure violin bliss.
- Thiruvasagam - Thiruvasagathuku urugaar, oru vasagathukum orugaar (one who does not get moved by Thiruvasagam will not be moved by anything else)
...the plethora of BGMs like this, this, this, this, this and interludes.
Picked up a tag from Mahesh's blog.
a. The moment you got introduced to IR's music?
"Raja...rajadhi rajan indha raja" from Agni Nakshathram. I was probably 5 -6 year old then. I was hooked to that song.
b. Name one occasion where IR music directly/indirectly influenced your life.
IR's scores made me realise the power of music. There is a saying 'Music is the food for the soul'. I firmly believe in that.
c. Name 4 fav tamil songs that immediately comes to your mind
Andhi mazhai from Raja Paarvai
Poongathave from Nizhalghal
Thendral Vandhu from Avatharam
Rakamma from Dhalapathi
d. One song of IR that you consider rare and think a song many people should have known but don't.
I don't see many people talking about Paravayin kootil from Katradhu Thamizh. This song is sung by IR, the music is by Yuvan. Along with the great lyrics by Thamarai, the way IR renders this song makes it quite special.
e. IR's number you are hearing now or recently heard?
Listening to En Iniya pon nilave from Moodupani.
Raja rules! Happy birthday Isaignaani!