Happy Birthday Ilaiyaraaja: 10 soulful songs that will make you a huge fan of the composer
As famed Tamil composer Ilaiyaraaja turns 75, here are some of his popular songs that are most loved by fans that make him the 'Gnani' (wise person) of 'Isai' (music)
The song composed by Ilaiyaraaja and MS Viswanathan, was a blockbuster hit from the romantic movie Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu, revolving around a love-triangle.
The theme song of the movie was the first south Indian song to be composed using a computer. While AR Rahman was the programmer, it was Ilaiyaraaja who gave the notes for the music.
Ithayam Oru Kovil
Ilaiyaraaja composed the song for the movie Ithaya Kovil and interestingly, he dedicated the song to his wife Jeeva and wrote in a way that her name would be repeated throughout the song.
Paruvame Puthiya Paadal Paadu
Being one of the most creative composers in the world, Ilaiyaraaja used his thighs to reproduce the sound of actors Mohan and Suhasini jogging in the movie Nenjathai Killathe. The sound of them jogging smoothly interlinks with the beat of the song.
One of Ilaiyaraaja’s most famous songs, he is known to start every performance with the devotional song, even bringing him to tears.
Mannil Indha Kaathal
The song from the movie Keladi Kannmani composed by Ilaiyaraaja saw SP Balasubramaniam act in the movie as well as sing the song without stopping to taking a breath.
Kaadhalin Deepam Ondru
Ilaiyaraaja took music composition a step further when he whistled the tune of the song for the movie Thambikku Entha Ooru which released in 1984. The composer was bed-ridden during the time and could not play any instrument and so he decided to send across the tune with his assistant through the recording of his whistle.
Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu
Composed by Ilaiyaraaja, the song is from Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi and was written by Vaali.
The song from Avatharam is one of Ilaiyaraaja’s most popular songs which was sung by S. Janaki, K and J. Yesudas and went on to become a superhit.
Another song sung by J Yesudas, the song composed by Ilaiyaraaja was part of the 1993 movie Seilama.