The Icon called “Ilayaraja”
IlayaRaja is from Tamil Film Industry, Industry of South India, a bundle of notes devine, scolar of music, genious in playing “four part harmony”, the first and the only Indian music Director to have honoured by “London Philharmonic Orchestra”, afilm musician, was born on 2nd June 1943 in Tamilnadu.
The He to place Indian film music in driver’s seat. He rightly chanalised film music in India.”Violin” arrangements in his songs were highly appreciated. He had a speacial attention to “Bass guitar”. And his fragnant flute made listeners asleep and was delicately obedient in his hand. He always had a keen role at “Play-back” in movies.
Maestro Ilayaraja is a legendary Indian music composer and a trendsetter in Indian film music. His is a unique blend of Indian and Western classical music, with a sound palette which has got the power to capture the minds of its listeners.
While some people listen to the Maestro’s music for peace of mind, for happiness, as an anesthetic for their sorrows, and to support a variety of other mental states, some treat his music as a technical journal.
When one is lonely or in pensive mood, the music of IlayaRaja, an antidote, that brings solace to the minds of listeners. IlayaRaja may be said the first among the worthy in stringing the strains of film music. He stands second to none. He has Directed music for more than 700 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
IlayaRaja was off with the western pop music and now is off with the field. His “melody”, a regular beat, goes forever even in adversity.
The Next in the making…
A.R. Rahman, The Music Genius, in fact A.S. Dilip Kumar, was born in a family of music with his father K.A.Sekhar, renowned music director in South India composing music for films in the early childhood of A.R. Rahman.
A.R. Rahman has been hailed as a music genius by world artists including “Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”, with whom he performs a duet in his first pop album, Vande Mataram. He is involved in projects with “Zakir Hussain”, “David Byrne”, “Talvin Singh” and “Apache Indian”. Internationally too, A.R. Rahman has remarkable recognition that “David Byrne” was so impressed and asked him to take part in a few sessions for his new project. Personally, A.R. Rahman has a passion to sing in the filmi tracks. Vande Mataram, his first pop album is the first to showcase him as a singer and his ambition to place his sound track on the world music stage. A concert was held in “Kaula Lampur” in Oct 1965 where he performed in front of a crowd of 45000.
As an individual personality, A.R. Rahman leads an extremely devote religious life and credits all his musical inspiration to ALLAH. He comes across to say, ” music speaks, statements don’t and none can completely be original because the notes are already there: from the notes we form a rag and from rag a tune. It’s the methodology. As far as i can, to my conscience, I try to be original. The rest is upto ALLAH”. As A.R. Rahman takes his new project, Vande Mataram, to the world, he reflects on his immense popularity on the sub-continent and the globe as he says, “music is international – only cultures are different”. A.R. Rahman, 30 years now, has still a long way to go ahead.