Today (June 2) is an auspicious day for Indian music lovers. It is the 71st birthday of ‘Isaignani’ Ilaiyaraja.
Ilaiyaraja who debuted in film industry with the Tamil film ‘Annakkili’ in 1976 has entered the hearts of millions of Tamils as well as music lovers all over the world.
Millions of his fans use his music as a treat to celebrate, heal for wounds and the abode for peace of mind. Ilaiyaraja is equally popular with his voice and verses since he is also a successful play-back signer and lyricist.
Ilaiyaraja has scored music for hundreds of films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi film industries and also churned out many non cinematic music albums like ‘How to Name it’ and ‘Nothing But Wind’. Considered as a highly spiritual person, Raja sir has composed the ‘Thiruvasagam’ (A collection of ancient Tamil verses praising Lord Shiva) in symphony.
Ilaiyaraja has received innumerable awards and recognitions including the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award that was accorded to him in 2010. His work for films like ‘Sagara Sangamam’ (Telugu), ‘Sindu Bairavi’ (Tamil) and ‘Rudra Veena’ have received National award for Best Music direction.
The legendary composer received the National award for Best Background Music for the Malayalam period flick ‘Pazhasi Raja’. It was the first National award conferred under this category.
Apart from winning a number of Filmfare and state awards Ilaiayaraja has won the ‘Sangeeth Natak Akademi’ award considered as one of the most prestigious awards given for Indian Music.
In his 39th year of film career, Ilaiyaraja is busy composing tunes for his 1000th project ‘Tharai Thappattai’ the next directorial venture of National award winning filmmaker Bala.
We at TamilWire take pride in wishing one of India’s most celebrated music composers, a very Happy Birthday and pray for his long healthy life.