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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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..

Working with Ilayaraja fun: Kamal Haasan

    Updated On : May 07,2016   11:54 am
Chennai, May 7 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who has collaborated with composer Ilayaraja after a decade for upcoming trilingual "Sabaash Naidu", says it's always fun working with the maestro. View More..

Akshara Haasan turns assistant director on father's film

    Updated On : Apr 30,2016   12:18 pm
Chennai, April 30 (IANS) Akshara Haasan, younger daughter of actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, has enrolled herself as an assistant director on her father's upcoming trilingual film "Sabaash Naidu". It will go on the floors in May. View More..

Kamal Haasan's next titled 'Sabaash Naidu'

    Updated On : Apr 29,2016   11:06 am
Chennai, April 29 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Friday revealed that his upcoming trilingual project is titled "Sabaash Naidu" in Tamil and Telugu, while the Hindi version is titled "Sabaash Kundu". View More..

Kamal Haasan to revive Balram Naidu character

    Updated On : Apr 28,2016   11:38 am
Chennai, April 28 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will revive the popular character Balram Naidu, a RAW operative from 2008 Tamil action-comedy "Dasavatharam", in his upcoming yet-untitled trilingual comedy. It is slated to go on the floors in May. View More..

Kamal Haasan to revive an old character in his next

    Updated On : Apr 27,2016   9:50 am
Chennai, April 27 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will bring back one of his most loved characters from yesteryear in his next yet-untitled trilingual project, which will officially launch here on Friday. View More..

'Kutrame Thandanai' to have international premiere at NYIFF

    Updated On : Apr 13,2016   12:44 pm
Chennai, April 13 (IANS) Critically acclaimed Tamil drama "Kutrame Thandanai", from the director of National award-winning film "Kaaka Muttai", will have its international premiere at the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF). View More..

Kamal Haasan's next with daughter to roll from April 29

    Updated On : Apr 12,2016   11:30 am
Chennai, April 12 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan's next yet-untitled Tamil project, which will also feature his daughter Shruti Haasan, will go on the floors later this month. View More..

'Oyee' was originally written for Sivakarthikeyan: Director

    Updated On : Apr 05,2016   12:40 pm
Chennai, April 5 (IANS) Director Francis Markus says the forthcoming Tamil romantic family drama "Oyee" was originally written and pitched for actor Sivakarthikeyan, who could not be a part of the project due to lack of dates. View More..

Rare owl rescued from Taj Mahal

    Updated On : Mar 26,2016   2:28 pm
Agra, March 26 (IANS) A rare dusky eagle owl fledgling at Taj Mahal here has been rescued by the wildlife officials. View More..

Kamal Haasan gets nostalgic as 'Hey Ram' turns 16

    Updated On : Feb 19,2016   11:10 am
Chennai, Feb 19 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan's period crime drama "Hey Ram" has turned 16, and the star went down memory lane, reminiscing some of the best moments of the film and thanked his actors and fans. View More..

Ramya Krishnan may team up with Kamal Haasan

    Updated On : Feb 02,2016   12:52 pm
Chennai, Feb 2 (IANS) Actress Ramya Krishnan is most likely to reunite with actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan after a decade in his upcoming yet-untitled Tamil film, which also features Shruti Haasan in an important role. View More..

30,000 'follow' Kamal Haasan within 24 hours on Twitter

    Updated On : Jan 27,2016   9:58 am
Chennai, Jan 27 (IANS) As many as 30,000 people have "followed" actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Twitter within 24 hours of him joining the micro-blogging site. View More..

Ilayaraja to compose music for Dhanush's next production

    Updated On : Jan 17,2016   12:36 pm
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Maestro Ilayaraja has been roped in to compose the music for actor Dhanush's next Tamil production venture "Amma Kanakku", under his home banner Wunderbar Films. View More..