Cultural divide

To me it is clear that there is clear cultural divide between hindi and tamil film music. It is real surprise to see no one felt the imapct of Illayaraja’s music and background score in RGV latest movie Shiva. No reviews, no promos in music channel, no mention of music and bgm by the élite reviewers either television or in newspaper.

Why is it majority of people (other than south indians) find it difficult to appreciate his music and back ground score. When songs which are at nadir gets played forever and hyped to un imaginable extent, why is no one speaking about Illayaraja’s music ?

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  5. 5 kamal anjelo January 29, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    karthi…i also like the old meledoies of ilayaraja.the point i was trying to say was,he should try to create newstuff more.and we should start enjoying music from all the places.

    publishing again in the digital format,re-using them,yes the fans and people will do it anyway.

    a maestro doesnt need to do that.thanks!

  6. 6 Karthi January 29, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Kamal, I beg to differ. I frustrated not because I am Raja’s fan, but for the ignorance of the northies.

    >> why do you expect it to have any hype?
    I do not think Raja’s music needs hype to survive, it survives on its merit.

    >> he should stop recycling the old melodies.
    In my opinion all calssics of MSV, KVM, Illayaraja and others need to be published once again in the digital format. It takes your expericence to whole new level.

    >> afterall its almost 5-10year old tune.
    That’s the point, raja’s music have eternal shelf life. Just like Da Vinci’s mono lisa. Age doesn’t affect the quality.

  7. 7 kamal anjelo January 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    its was composed a longwhile.and RGV again used it.and used it pathetically.why do you expect it to have any hype.just because he is from south,and just because you like ilayaraja’s music.that doesnt mean that,everybody should do the same.i feel ilayaraja has already done what he can do.that was a great era.now he should retire.and he should stop recycling the old melodies.in a way it spoils the fun.afterall its almost 5-10year old tune.

  8. 8 S.Karthikeyan October 3, 2006 at 3:50 pm

    Gp. Well said. Illayaraja’s music just moves you, I do not know how to put it. One should experience it, it can’t be conveyed in words.

  9. 9 gp October 2, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    because they fail to see the intricacies of his music. They fail to understand how it seeps into every atom when you listen to it when youre alone, when it rains, when its cold and youre hugging youre loved one. Thats IR. Hes a genius, dont care if hes arrogant or watever, the most important point is, his music can make us feel. THe ‘other’ guys can only pinch us at best, they cant ever make us FEEL.

  10. 10 S.Karthikeyan September 29, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Venkat. Sometimes I feel rajavuku idhu thevai thanna!
    As you said some scerets are better left untold!

  11. 11 Venkat September 29, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Raja has always been underrated, underhyped and under”known”. Hey Ram wouldn’t be half the film that it is without Raja. Same with Virumaandi. His background music is absolutely stunning in most cases. Some secrets are better left untold.


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