Music Director Ilayaraja

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Puthir ( Tamil )
Director: N/A
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Thandavakonae ( Tamil )
Director: Subbu Sujatha
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Ungal Viruppam
Ungal Viruppam ( Tamil )
Artist: Amruth , Anjana
Director: V.S.Karunagaran
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Kulasekaranum Koolippadayum
Director: G.Siva
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Sila Samayangalil
Sila Samayangalil ( Tamil )
Director: Priyadarshan
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Sabaash Naidu
Sabaash Naidu ( Tamil )
Director: TK.Rajeev Kumar
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Other Versions: Sabaash Naidu (Hindi) , Sabaash Naidu (Telugu)
Ammayi ( Tamil )
Director: G.Shankar
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Tamilarasan ( Tamil )
Artist: Vijay Antony
Director: Babu Yogeswaran
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Maamanithan ( Tamil )
Director: Seenu Ramasamy
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
Naadi Thudikuthadi
Naadi Thudikuthadi ( Tamil )
Director: Selva
Music Director: Ilayaraja
Release Status: Unconfirmed
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Top 10 Ilayaraja Movies at the Box Office

Ki And Ka
Ki And Ka ( Hindi )
Opening Day collection:₹ 7.30 Cr
Overall Domestic:₹ 53.57 Cr
Total Collection: ₹ 72.20 Cr
Rudrama Devi
Rudrama Devi ( Telugu )
Opening Day collection:₹ 8.35 Cr
Overall Domestic:₹ 47.83 Cr
Total Collection: ₹ 53.25 Cr
കേരള വർമ്മ പഴശ്ശിരാജ
Opening Day collection:₹ N/A
Overall Domestic:₹ 31.00 Cr
Total Collection: ₹ 31.00 Cr
Shamitabh ( Hindi )
Opening Day collection:₹ 3.50 Cr
Overall Domestic:₹ 20.07 Cr
Total Collection: ₹ 26.02 Cr

Popular Ilayaraja Songs

Namaloda Paduthanda ( Mayilu )
Singers: Tippu , Saindhavi , Karthik
Lyricist: Jeevan
Unna Nenachu ( Psycho )
Singers: Sid Sriram
Duration: 4:36 Minutes
Chinna Kanniley ( Dhoni )
Singers: Naresh Iyer , Shreya Ghoshal
Lyricist: Na.Muthukumar
Aarambam Aavadhu ( Thara Thappattai )
Singers: Ananthu , Illayaraja
Lyricist: Pattukkottai Kalyanasundaram , Thanikodi
Duration: 4:25 Minutes
Aattakkari Maman Ponnu ( Thara Thappattai )
Singers: M.M.Manasi , R.Prasanna
Lyricist: Illayaraja
Duration: 3:06 Minutes
Kuthikkira Kuthikkira ( Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai )
Singers: Illayaraja
Lyricist: J.Francis Kiruba
Duration: 05:55 Minutes
Poovakkelu ( Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai )
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal , Karthik
Lyricist: Yugabharathi
Duration: 05:19 Minutes
Mugilo Megamo ( Megha )
Singers: Ramya NSK , Yuvan Shankar Raja
Duration: 6:04 Minutes
Therindho Theriyamalo ( Un Samayal Arayil )
Singers: Ramya NSK , Karthik
Duration: 4:56 Minutes

Ilayaraja Biography

Ilaiyaraaja is an Indian film composer, singer, and lyricist. He is regarded as one of the finest music composers in India. Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, and a songwriter. To date, he has composed over 4500 songs and provided film scores for more than 950 Indian films in various languages in a career spanning more than 30 years, particularly being acclaimed for his background scoring for Indian films. His songs and background score played a very crucial role in the success of many films. He remains one of the most popular composers ever in the South Indian film industry, and also in the list of world`s top selling music artists.

Ilaiyaraaja has been a prominent composer of film music in South Indian cinema since the late 1970s. His works are mainly in Tamil and Telugu. He integrated folk lyricism (in Tamil) and introduced broader Western musical sensibilities into the South Indian musical mainstream. A gold medalist in classical guitar from Trinity College of Music, London, in 1993 he became the first Asian to compose a full symphony performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London`s Walthamstow Town Hall. In 2003, according to a BBC international poll, people from 155 countries voted his composition "Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu" from the 1991 film Thalapathi fourth in the world`s top 10 most popular songs of all time. He was also nominated in the Best Indian album Music Awards category at US based Just Plain Folks Music Organization, which is the largest grassroots music organization in the world, and stood third for his "Music Journey: Live in Italy".

In the 2000s, he composed a variety of non-film music, including religious and devotional songs, an oratorio, and world music, while shifting his focus to Malayalam and Kannada-language films. He is usually referred to by the title Isaignani, or as The Maestro. He has won four Indian National Film Awards for Best Music Direction, and is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award from the Government of India. He is married to Jeeva, and the couple`s two sons (Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja) and daughter (Bhavatharini) are film composers and singers.

Ilaiyaraaja was born as Gnanadesikan in Pannaipuram, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India, but when he was joined in the school his father changed his name as "Rajayya" but in his village people used to call him as "Rasayya". His father Ramaswamy who had two wives and Ilaiyaraaja is the fifth son of second wife Chinnathayammal.

Ilaiyaraaja was growing up in a rural area, he was exposed to a range of Tamil folk music. At the age of 14, he joined a travelling musical troupe headed by his elder stepbrother, Pavalar Varadarajan, and spent the next decade performing throughout South India. While working with the troupe, he penned his first composition, a musical adaptation of an elegy written by the Tamil poet laureate Kannadasan for Jawaharlal Nehru, India`s first prime minister. In 1968, Ilaiyaraaja began a music course with Professor Dhanraj in Madras (now Chennai), which included an overview of Western classical music, compositional training in techniques such as counterpoint, and study in instrumental performance. Ilaiyaraaja specialized in classical guitar and had taken a course in it at the Trinity College of Music, London.

In the 1970s in Chennai, Ilaiyaraaja played guitar in a band-for-hire, and worked as a session guitarist, keyboardist, and organist for film music composers and directors such as Salil Chowdhury from West Bengal. After being hired as the musical assistant to Kannada film composer G. K. Venkatesh, he worked on 200 film projects, mostly in the Kannada language. As G. K. Venkatesh`s assistant, Ilaiyaraaja would orchestrate the melodic outlines developed by Venkatesh. During this period, Ilaiyaraaja also began writing his own scores. To hear his compositions, he would persuade Venkatesh`s session musicians to play excerpts from his scores during their break times. Ilaiyaraaja would hire instruments from composer R. K. Shekhar, father of composer A. R. Rahman, who later joined Ilaiyaraaja`s orchestra as a keyboardist.

1976, film producer Panchu Arunachalam commissioned him to compose the songs and film score for a Tamil-language film called Annakkili (`The Parrot`). For the soundtrack, Ilaiyaraaja applied the techniques of modern popular film music orchestration to Tamil folk poetry and folk song melodies, which created a fusion of Western and Tamil idioms. Ilaiyaraaja`s use of Tamil music in his film scores injected new influence into the Indian film score milieu. By the mid-1980s Ilaiyaraaja was gaining increasing stature as a film composer and music director in the South Indian film industry. Besides Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films, he has scored music for Hindi (or Bollywood) film productions such as Sadma (1983), Mahadev (1989), Lajja (2001), Cheeni Kum (2007) and recently Paa (2009). He has worked with Indian poets and lyricists such as Gulzar, Kannadasan, Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Sirivennela Sitaramasastri, Vairamuthu and T. S. Rangarajan (Vaali), and film directors such as Bharathi Raaja, K. Balachander, K. Vishwanath, Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, Vamsy, Balu Mahendra and Mani Ratnam. In 2009, he scored for the Malayalam movie Pazhassi Raja and the Tamil movie Jagan Mohini.

Ilaiyaraaja was one of the earliest Indian film composers to use Western classical music harmonies and string arrangements in Indian film music. This allowed him to craft a rich tapestry of sounds for films, and his themes and background score gained notice and appreciation among Indian film audiences. The range of expressive possibilities in Indian film music was broadened by Ilaiyaraaja`s methodical approach to arranging, recording technique, and his drawing of ideas from a diversity of musical styles.

According to musicologist P. Greene, Ilaiyaraaja`s "deep understanding of so many different styles of music allowed him to create syncretic pieces of music combining very different musical idioms in unified, coherent musical statements". Ilaiyaraaja has composed Indian film songs that amalgamated elements of genres such as Afro-tribal, bossa nova, dance music (e.g., disco), doo-wop, flamenco, acoustic guitar-propelled Western folk, funk, Indian classical, Indian folk/traditional, jazz, march, pathos, pop, psychedelia, and rock and roll.

By virtue of this variety and his interfusion of Western, Indian folk and Carnatic elements, Ilaiyaraaja`s compositions appeal to the Indian rural dweller for its rhythmic folk qualities, the Indian classical music enthusiast for the employment of Carnatic ragams, and the urbanite for its modern, Western-music sound.

Ilaiyaraaja`s music is characterised by the use of an orchestration technique that is a synthesis of Western and Indian instruments and musical modes. He uses electronic music technology that integrates synthesisers, electric guitars and keyboards, drum machines, rhythm boxes and MIDI with large orchestras that feature traditional instruments such as the veena, venu, nadaswaram, dholak, mridangam and tabla as well as Western lead instruments such as saxophones and flutes.

He uses catchy melodies fleshed out with a variety of chord progressions, beats and timbres. Ilaiyaraaja`s songs typically have a musical form where vocal stanzas and choruses are interspersed with orchestral preludes and interludes. They often contain polyphonic melodies, where the lead vocals are interwoven with supporting melody lines sung by another voice or played by instruments.

The basslines in his songs tend to be melodically dynamic, rising and falling in a dramatic fashion. Polyrhythms are also apparent, particularly in songs with Indian folk or Carnatic influences. The melodic structure of his songs demand considerable vocal virtuosity, and have found expressive platform amongst some of India`s respected vocalists and playback singers, such as S. P. Balasubramaniam, K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki, K. S. Chitra, Swarnalatha, S. P. Sailaja, T. M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela, Sujatha, Malaysia Vasudevan, Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar, Sadhana Sargam and the latest sensation Shreya Ghoshal. Ilaiyaraaja has sung over 400 of his own compositions for films, and is recognisable by his stark, nasal voice. He has penned the lyrics for some of his songs in Tamil and other languages. Ilaiyaraaja`s film scores are known both for the dramatic and evocative melodies, and for the more subtle background music that he uses to provide texture or mood for scenes in films such as Johnny (1980), Mouna Raagam (1986), Geethanjali (1989) and Guna (1991).

Ilaiyaraaja`s first two non-film albums were explorations in the fusion of Indian and Western classical music. The first, How To Name It? (1986), is dedicated to the Carnatic master Ty?gar?ja and to J. S. Bach. It features a fusion of the Carnatic form and ragas with Bach partitas, fugues and Baroque musical textures. The second, Nothing But Wind (1988), was performed by flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia and a 50-piece orchestra and takes the conceptual approach suggested in the title — that music is a natural phenomenon akin to various forms of air currents (e.g., the wind, breeze, tempest etc.).

He has composed a set of Carnatic kritis that was recorded by electric mandolinist U. Srinivas for the album Ilayaraaja`s Classicals on the Mandolin (1994). Ilaiyaraaja has also composed albums of religious/devotional songs. His Guru Ramana Geetam (2004) is a cycle of prayer songs inspired by the Hindu mystic Ramana Maharishi, and his Thiruvasakam: A crossover (2005) is an oratorio of ancient Tamil poems transcribed partially in English by American lyricist Stephen Schwartz and performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Ilaiyaraaja`s most recent release is a world music-oriented album called The Music Messiah (2006). Its musical concept is based against a mythological narrative. His recent release in November 2008, is Manikantan Geet Mala released by India Tales with 9 songs praising Lord Ayyappa in almost all south Indian languages.

Ilaiyaraaja`s composition "Rakkama Kaiya Thattu", sung by SPB and Swarnalatha in the movie Thalapathi (1991), was among the songs listed in a BBC World Top Ten music poll.He composed the music for Nayagan (1987), an Indian film ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the all-time 100 best movies, a number of India`s official entries to the Oscars, such as Anjali (1990) and Hey Ram (2000), and for Indian art films such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan`s FIPRESCI Prize-winning Nizhalkkuthu (`The Dance of Shadows`) (2002). Ilaiyaraaja has composed music for events such as the 1996 Miss World beauty pageant that was held in Bangalore, India, and for a documentary called India 24 Hours (1996). The pop/hip-hop band The Black Eyed Peas sampled an Ilaiyaraaja composition called "Unakkum Ennakum", from the film Sri Raghavendra (1985), for their tune "The Elephunk Theme" from their breakout album, Elephunk (2003). The alternative artist M.I.A. sampled his composition "Kaatukuyilu" from the film Thalapathi (1991) for her song "Bamboo Banga" on the album Kala (2007). His music compositions for the Hindi movie "Paa" (3 December 2009) has won critical acclaim in several media reviews.

Ilaiyaraaja started a film production company as "Paavalar Creations" on his elder brother`s name and produced few tamil movies with leading tamil actors including that of Rajinikanth in the film named Rajathi Raja (1989) and Kamal Haasan`s Singaravelan (1992)

Ilaiyaraaja rarely performs his music live, which may be due to the time he devotes to his composing activities. His last major live performance, the first in 25 years, was a four-hour concert held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai, India on 16 October 2005. The show was widely televised both in India and abroad, in which he played a song with just three notes (sa re ga). Less well-known was his live 2004 performance in Italy at the Teatro Comunale di Modena, an event-concert presented for the 14th edition of Angelica, Festival Internazionale Di Musica, co-produced with the L`Altro Suono Festival. He had done a few small-scale shows early in his career in Sri Lanka and Malaysia and was involved in a charity concert to raise funds for the construction of a Hindu temple in India. A television retrospective titled Ithu Ilaiyaraja (`This is Ilaiyaraja`) was produced, chronicling his career.

Ilaiyaraaja has won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi (1986) and the Telugu films Rudraveena (1989) and Saagara Sangamam (1984). He also won the National Film Award for Best Background Score for Malayalam film Pazhassi Raja (2010). He won the Gold Remi Award for Best Music Score jointly with film composer M. S. Viswanathan at the WorldFest-Houston Film Festival for the film Vishwa Thulasi (2005).

He was conferred the title Isaignani (English: Savant of Music) in 1988 by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in a grand public function held in Karaikudi and received the Kalaimamani Award, an annual award for excellence in the field of arts from the Government of the State of Tamil Nadu, India. He also received State Government Awards from the governments of Kerala (1995), Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh (The Lata Mangeshkar Award) (1998) for excellence in music. In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India`s third highest civilian honour. Alongside he also won the Akshaya Samman of the year (2010), a prestigious musical award from Orissa for his outstanding contribution in the field of music.

He was awarded honorary doctorates by Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India (Degree of Doctor of Letter (Honoris causa)) (March 1994), the World University Round Table, Arizona, U.S.A. (Cultural Doctorate in Philosophy of Music) (April 1994), and Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu (Degree of Doctor of Letters) (1996). He received an Award of Appreciation from the Foundation and Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (1994), and later that year was presented with an honorary citizenship and key to the Teaneck township by Mr. John Abraham, Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.A. In a poll conducted by the BBC, his track "Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu" from the 1991 movie Thalapathi rated Number 4 in the World`s Top Ten list.

List of awards & nominations received by Ilayaraja

National Film Awards (India)
Best Music Direction (Background Score)
Award : National Film Awards (India) in 2015
Movie : Thara Thappattai
Year : 2015
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Best Music Direction
Award : Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 2008
Movie : Ajanthaa
Year : 2008
National Film Awards (India)
Best Music Direction
Award : National Film Awards (India) in 1985
Movie : Sindhu Bairavi
Year : 1985

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Ilayaraja Fans Reviews (237)

He is the musical world emperor not only by classical music n western music also he established his plate form with step by step such a wonderful person my jumbo regards to the emperor of music, Kurnool City on 08-07-2016

No words to say except I love you...

ameer, calicut on 03-06-2013


abc, TVL on 20-09-2014

No words can express soul is full of ur music sir.what an exceptional music.

aditya, on 20-02-2016

Sir, You are the god of music pray god to give good health and your best music composer in the world music history from T.V. Aiyer Gujarat Godhra

T.V.Aiyer, gujarat on 25-04-2016

only one of the soul music composer My Music God Sir, Mr. Maestro one & only world only one music composer&God and words,......." GOD MADE OF YOU BUT MUSIC MADE OF YOU" thats Mr.Ilayaraja please take note dont compare Oscar or Extra awards all that ? you are just look ILAYARAJA name more than that awards, you are know (NAYAGAN,16 VAYATHINELE,MUTHAL MARIYATHAI,KADALORA KAVITHAKAL,MOUNA RAGAM,UTHRI POOKAL,NENJATHAI KILLATHE,JANEE,PRIYA,MOONRAM PIRAI,SALANGAI OLI,MURATTU KALLAI,MULLUM MALARUM,DARMADURAI,PADIKKATHAVAN,"THALAPATHI,SINDUPAIRAVI, PUNNGAI MANNAN,GUNA.....) you may watch it maybe 100000000000000000000000000.Oscar Can win' Awards, nothing who going in the Heart full music Thats,, music

S.Sezhiyan, Thirumayam on 21-02-2014

Always Evergreen Music Director One

S. Sezhiyan. Thirumayam, thirumayam on 18-03-2017

ennudaiya kadaval oru murai avar pathathil vzhunthal Pothum

Ramesh.p, Villupuram,Tindivanam on 04-10-2012

Isaignani is the living god of music. we realize that in alive show 2008 in sharjah cricket stadium.

c.muthu, on 21-11-2012

only one young hero in music not to compared in any other world music director...continue travel in our music life in tamil cinima best wishes mr.ilaiyaraja sir

ananthakrishnan, trichy on 26-04-2013

I hear maestro's songs only. He is the only real composer of all times. Iam blessed to be living in Raja sir's era. Long Live Raja sir.

S.Anbazhagan, Sillamarathupatti, Theni. on 23-11-2014

ilaya raja sir is god of music. music means ilaya raja sir.he is very simply men .i love you sir

Anbumani, kolhapur,maharastra on 30-12-2013

1000 films - No one can do it in this era. Its was done by you lonely Sir. I am one of your fan and I want to tell you few lines about me. In 1992 I met with an accident in that I lost my right leg. At that time your so many songs only boosting my will power. Now I can walk with an artificial leg and got married and have a two childrens. These all were done by me in life along with your evergreen lovely songs. I don't have age for blessing you Sir just bow. RAJA ENDRUM RAJA THAN

C.Armstrong, Madurai on 04-05-2016

Im in love with ur songs. .... It takes me to another world where no one can go. ...except me. ...Im the only one there. .....

sneha, vizag on 15-02-2017

A disciplined musician, I have seen in my life time, mastered western notations, fantastic.

Suresh Antonio, Tirunelveli on 17-05-2016

Raja is new avathar to the musical world . Uncomparable

Antony, Madurai on 26-02-2014

I love raja sir sir is isaignani my doughter is isaivani

aravindan, bangiore on 22-05-2014

With out Raja history ,No music in the world.

MEITHEDI, chennai on 20-04-2014

Ilayaraja anna unga all song very very wonderful

N. Arivuzhagan , on 05-06-2016

I am one of the fan of ilaiyara sir, if I am not listening him song, I would have been died at several times, when I am in sad time. I am a SLAVE of him music. Thank you sir. ARUMUGAM

arumugam , chennai on 06-07-2017

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