As the musical maestro Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja turns 71 today, Bollywoodlife brings you five best Ilaiyaraaja melodies that will sooth your soul
Born on June 2, 1943 in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Ilaiyaraaja is now a living legend in the musical world. The four time National award winner Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja, also fondly called as Raja Sir, started his musical career with 1976 film Annakili and has now went to become the only musician to compose for more than 1000 films. Born Gnanadesikan, the maestro changed his name to Raaja. Later during the release of Annakili, his name was changed to Ilaiyaraaja.
The musical genius has given such fabulous melodies that his contemporaries and his fans gave him the title of Isaignani which means master of music. His musical arrangements with fusion of western classical elements to Indian classical elements has had a great influence on the music that we hear today. During the 80′s Ilaiyaraaja was a force to reckon with in the music industry churning out one smash hit after the another. As the world is set to witness Ilaiyaraaja’s musical prowess on screen on June 6 with his Un Samayal Araiyil is releasing this weekend, we take you down the memory lane to recount five of Raaja Sir’s biggest hits.
Thalatuthey vaanam in Kaadal Meengal
Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja’s mesmerising melody Thalatuthey vaanam from Kamal Haasan starrer Kaadal Meengal will take you to a world of peace. Packed with beautiful melody, extremely soothing percussion and brilliantly fused western instruments with Indian musical orchestra, the song will touch your soul and make you forget all your worries. The song which is crooned spectacularly by P Jayachandran and S Janaki with Isaignani’s wonderful tune is considered in high regard by many music buffs.
Poongathave thaazh thiravaai in Nizhalgal
The song Poongathave thaazh thiravaai in Nizhalgal shows Raaja sir in fine form. Anyone who hears to this song will accept it beyond any smidgen of doubt that Ilaiyaraaja is a maestro of music orchestration. The haunting violin piece from the song is bound to stay with you for days. The western musical arrangement combined with beautiful flute and nadaswaram piece will win your hearts as Ilaiyaraaja showcased his immense versatility.
Anthi mazhai in Rajaparvai
This song from Kamal Haasan’s much acclaimed Rajaparvai is a treat to the ears as Isaignani had composed a truly lovely song with his trademark touch in it. The unique mixture of Indian classical music, western classical music orchestration, astounding chorus and spell binding voice of SP Balasubrahmanyam makes this song an all time favourite for the romantics.
Ninaivo oru paravai in Sigappu Rojakkal
Ninaivo oru paravai from Sigappu Rojakkal is one of those songs in which Ilaiyaraaja’s creativity is at its best. The song which starts with mild humming and soft music changes its track so spectacularly to drum beats and brilliant orchestration, that the listener is amazed at the pleasant turn of events. The Isaignani‘s music combined with Beatlesque treatment immortalises this song in the minds of the listeners.
Kanmani anbodu in Guna
Yet another song from Kamal Haasan movie, Kanmani anbodu kathalan has the Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja in prime form as he churns out such a soulful track for Guna. The song packed with monologues of Kamal Haasan combined with Raaja sir’s melodious tunes is infectious from start to finish. The mesmerising song has the peculiar sweet quality which will melt your hearts and make you fall in love all over again.
Picking only five best songs of Ilaiyaraaja is like taking out a drop from the ocean. The above songs truly depict the greatness of the living legend Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja, but these are not the only songs which showcase his best work. Every individual has their own personal set of Ilaiyaraaja favourites. Shortlisting just five songs is probably the most difficult task one might have to do. We hope that the maestro of music continues to enthrall us with his trademark style of composition. Bollywoodlife wishes Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja a very happy birthday and a healthy life ahead.