Ilayaraja Biography

ilyaraja biography Ilyaraja(Birth name Ganadesikan) was born on 3 june in 1943(68) in Periyakulam Theni District.

He is one of the finest music composer in Indian Cinema. He is Music Composer, Lyricist, Cinema Song composer,Instrumenatalist,Film Producer and playback Singer.

He composed totally 4500 songs,he worked as a music director in 950 films in various languages.He spend 30 years in music field.He is the phenomenon of south Indian Music Industry.

Peoples used to call him as a "isaignani".

Ilaiyaraaja has been a prominent composer of film music in South Indian cinema since the late 1970s. His works are mainly in Tamil, but has also scored music for Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and Hindi film industries. He integrated folk lyricism in Tamil and introduced broader Western musical sensibilities into the South Indian musical mainstream.

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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".

ilyaraja biography 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), He dedicated to the Carnatic master Tyagaraja 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.

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.

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Never went to gym in younger days: Dharmendra (Movie Snippets)

    Updated On : May 10,2018   4:30 pm
Mumbai, May 10 (IANS) Veteran actor Dharmendra, who is fondly called the "action king" and "He-Man" in Bollywood, says instead of working out in the gym, he used to go to the fields in his younger days. View More..

Python crocodile rescued in Agra

    Updated On : Jan 29,2018   10:30 pm
Agra, Jan 29 (IANS) A 12-foot-long python and a seven-foot-long crocodile were rescued by experts of the Wildlife SOS from different areas in Agra district, an official said on Monday. View More..

Young singers don't make Sadhana Sargam feel insecure

    Updated On : Nov 28,2017   1:18 pm
New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) Singer Sadhana Sargam, who has been singing for films since the 1980s, says there are many young singers topping the charts and getting opportunities, but she doesn't feel bad or insecure as she considers it a "natural process". View More..

Hyena caught in trap near Agra, rescued

    Updated On : Nov 25,2017   8:52 pm
Agra, Nov 25 (IANS) A six-year-old hyena was found trapped in a deadly jaw trap set up by poachers in Phulpur village of Agra district. The critically injured hyena, a protected species, was rescued and is under treatment. View More..

Two hyenas rescued from open well in Agra

    Updated On : Nov 02,2017   9:50 pm
Agra, Nov 2 (IANS) After a harrowing three-hour rescue operation, two male hyenas were rescued from a well in Agra district, with one of the two animals sustaining injuries. View More..

Ignorant of law: Balasubrahmanyam on Ilayaraja's notice

    Updated On : Mar 19,2017   12:42 pm
Chennai, March 19 (IANS) Legendary singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who has received a legal notice from his long-time friend and maestro Ilayaraja which doesn't allow him to render the latter's songs during his ongoing tour, says he is ignorant of such legalities. View More..

Bharathiraja's film on demonetisation woes starts rolling

    Updated On : Mar 07,2017   12:00 pm
Chennai, March 7 (IANS) Veteran filmmaker Bharathiraja's upcoming Tamil drama "November 8... Iravu Ettu Mani', about demonetisation woes, went on the floors here on Tuesday. View More..

Producer Rockline Venkatesh set for Tamil acting debut

    Updated On : Mar 02,2017   11:14 am
Chennai, March 2 (IANS) Known for bankrolling popular Kannada films such as "Varsha", "Super" and "Sundaranga Jaana", Rockline Venkatesh is making his Tamil acting debut with filmmaker Bala's upcoming crime-thriller "Nachiyaar". View More..

Kamal Haasan's 'Sabash Naidu' not shelved

    Updated On : Feb 17,2017   11:56 am
Chennai, Feb 17 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan's trilingual comedy "Sabash Naidu", which came to an abrupt halt last July after the 62-year old star slipped and fractured his leg, has not been shelved. View More..

Demonetisation was most significant moment on Twitter in 2016

    Updated On : Dec 06,2016   2:06 pm
New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move on November 8 was the most significant moment on Twitter in 2016. The social network recorded 650,000 tweets in 24 hours following the announcement and millions more tweets in the following weeks, the company announced on Tuesday. View More..

Ilayaraja goes international with English film 'Love and Love Only'

    Updated On : Nov 16,2016   1:14 pm
Chennai, Nov 16 (IANS) Music maestro Ilayaraja, who has worked on over 1,000 Indian films in his illustrious career spanning over four decades, will be making his English debut with cross-cultural romantic drama "Love and Love Onlya. View More..

Shot songs in Dhanush's film without composer: Gautham Menon

    Updated On : Nov 13,2016   12:18 pm
Chennai, Nov 13 (IANS) Filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon and Dhanush have teamed up for upcoming Tamil romantic actioner "Enai Nokki Paayum Thota", and its songs have been shot even before the composer could be finalised. View More..

Yuvan Shankar Raja composed music for Pan Bahar ad

    Updated On : Oct 09,2016   12:12 pm
Chennai, Oct 9 (IANS) Well-known southern composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, son of maestro Ilayaraja, has composed the background score for Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan-starrer Pan Bahar commercial, which has gone viral on social media. View More..

Kamal to resume 'Sabash Naidu' shoot next month

    Updated On : Aug 14,2016   2:02 pm
Chennai, Aug 14 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who is recovering from a leg injury, will rejoin the sets of his upcoming trilingual comedy "Sabash Naidu" from the second week of September, according to a source. View More..

Kamal Haasan still under medical care in hospital

    Updated On : Jul 24,2016   11:58 am
Chennai, July 24 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who fractured his leg after slipping and falling from the stairs of his office here nearly two weeks ago, is still undergoing treatment in a private hospital, a source said. View More..

Ilayaraja set for five-city concert in US

    Updated On : Jun 27,2016   1:44 pm
Chennai, June 27 (IANS) Come September, legendary composer Ilayaraja will perform live at five cities across the US. View More..

Amma Kannaku: A soulless remake (IANS Review, Rating: *1/2)

    Updated On : Jun 24,2016   4:16 pm
Film: "Amma Kannaku"; Language: Tamil; Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari; Cast: Amala Paul, Revathy and Samuthirakani; Rating: *1/2 View More..

Shruti Haasan set for 'Sabaash Naidu' shoot

    Updated On : May 30,2016   12:04 pm
Chennai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Shruti Haasan has jetted off to Los Angeles to join the set of upcoming trilingual film "Sabaash Naidu", which also stars her father Kamal Haasan. This will be the first time they will play father-daughter onscreen. View More..

Kamal Haasan off to US for shooting of 'Sabaash Naidu'

    Updated On : May 24,2016   6:40 pm
Chennai, May 24 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan left for Los Angeles, US, on Tuesday to start regular shooting of his upcoming trilingual film "Sabaash Naidu", which also features his daughters Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan. View More..

Kamal Haasan, Brahmanandam to get into action mode

    Updated On : May 17,2016   11:22 am
Chennai, May 17 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan and comedian Brahmanandam will join hands for the first time for an action sequence in the first schedule of upcoming trilingual action-comedy "Sabaash Naidu". View More..