On Illayaraja

Illayaraja

“Today, no other artiste personifies the popularity of film music as does Illayaraja..

What sets apart Illayaja is his grasp pf the role in cinema.Very few music directors, with the possible exception of L.Vaidyanathan and Salil Chowdhry, have demonstrated an understanding of the medium of cinema and the role of musical score in the narrative.”

S.Theodore Baskaran in Outlook.

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6 Responses to “On Illayaraja”


  1. 1 sana September 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    illayaraja had no competition when he was on the field except for sankar ganesh but ar rahman always had challenges now and then . Eventhough he is untouchable now. His pure dedication and hard work led him to his sucess now.
    If his music can make a sad heart happy or give a sound of peacefulness to his listeners tell me can he be compared to god?
    we should build a kovil (shrine or temple) to him.

  2. 2 Lakmini September 11, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Illayaraja is a good composer. His tunes are listenable even after another couple of decades, but his tracks aren’t not siutable for this time of modern music. He could have done more to the tamil films music. He didn’t introduce many fresh talent as his successor A.R Rahman did.
    He used SPB,KJ Jesudas,S.Janaki,Chitra, etc for almost all his songs.
    Moreover he failed to stabilize the career of Hariharan, Sujatha, UniMelon e.t.c. Ultimately they reached greater hieghts because of A.R Rahman. Illayaraja almost tried to hamper the career of lyricist
    “Kavi Paiyar ARasu” Vairamuthu by dropping him from his musical films. At a time when almost all the tamil film had his music.

    Last but not least Illayaraja is known only to the Indians, but his successor has been known worldwide in just 15years.

  3. 3 G.Mahesh January 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    If you want to reach a destinaion there are so many ways. For e.g to reach Delhi from chennai you can travel via Train or Plane.The goal of the train or plane is the same. It has to take the passeners to reach the destination.But to reach the palce you need connectivity.Yes,this connectivity is what Illayaraj does in his music. He takes a person to many routes otherwise called as raga in this context and the objective of the listener is fully satisfied. He is a rarest of rare. I wonder if Thyagaraja the founder of the the raagas and the keertanas had seen Illayarja’s way of mixing the ragas, he himself would have paused a fraction of a second, singing about Rama and become a ardent listener to Illayaraja.

    He is such a finest product, a complete product as far as music is concerned.

  4. 4 G.Mahesh January 17, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    If you want to reach a destinaion there are so many ways. For e.g to reach Delhi from chennai you can travel via Train or Plane.The goal of the train or plane is the same. It has to take the passeners to reach the destination.But to reach the palce you need connectivity.Yes,this connectivity is what Illayaraj does in his music. He takes a person to many routes otherwise called as raga in this context and the objective of the listener is fully satisfied. He is a rarest of rare. I wonder if Thyagaraja the founder of the the raagas and the keertanas had seen Illayarja’s way of mixing the ragas, he himself would have paused a fraction of a second, singing about Rama and become a ardent lsitener to Illayaraja.

    He is such a finest product, a complete product as far as music is concerned.

  5. 5 S.Karthikeyan June 30, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    Gp

    I love music from every composer from good old days of KVM. MSV, Ramamurthy, Illayaraja, Rehaman till Yuvan.

    But when I comes to captivating music, rich orchestration and background score there is only one and he is Illayaraja.

    Most of time I watch movies just for his BGM.

  6. 6 Gp June 30, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    True words. Something that even ARRahman could not replicate. To capture the essence of the movie itself, to make the music sync with the movie, to matter more is being able to describe the story of the movie. Not standalone music that is composed nowayday.

    A true legend and musical scientist.


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