All About Music Director Ilayaraja

Ilaiyaraaja (born June 2, 1943 as Gnanadesikan) is a critically acclaimed Indian film composer, singer, and lyricist. He is a gold medalist from Trinity College of Music, London has composed over 4,000 songs and provided film scores for more than 800 Indian films in various languages in a career spanning more than 30 years.[1][2] He is based in Chennai, the fourth largest city in India and the centre of the Tamil film industry (colloquially known as Kollywood).

Ilaiyaraaja is a prominent composer of film music in South Indian cinema from the late 1970s till date.[3] His work integrated Tamil folk lyricism and introduced broader Western musical sensibilities into the South Indian musical mainstream. He has thrice won the Indian National Film Award for best film scoring.[4]

In the 2000s, he composed a range of non-film music, including religious and devotional songs, an oratorio, and world music. 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.

Awards and honours

Ilaiyaraaja has won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the films Saagara Sangamam (1984), Sindhu Bhairavi (1986) and Rudraveena (1989).[75] 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 ('savant of music') in 1988 by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi 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.[77] 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.

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 Kamarajar 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.

He has received NTR National Award for the year 2004.

Notable works
The cover of the Ilaiyaraaja album Thiruvasakam in Symphony (2005)

Ilaiyaraaja's composition Rakkama Kaiya Thattu from the movie Thalapathi (1991) was amongst the songs listed in a BBC World Top Ten music poll.[62] He composed the music for Nayakan (1987), an Indian film ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the all-time 100 best movies,[63] a number of India's official entries to the Oscars, such as Anjali (1990)[64] and Hey Ram (2000),[65] and for Indian art films such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan's FIPRESCI Prize-winning Nizhalkkuthu ('The Dance of Shadows') (2002).[66] 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).[67][68] The pop/hip-hop band 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).[69] 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).

Live performances

Ilaiyaraaja rarely performs his music live, which may be due to the time he devotes to his composing activities.[70] 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 October 16, 2005.[71] The show was widely televised both in India and abroad. 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.[72][73] 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.[70] A television retrospective titled Ithu Ilaiyaraja ('This is Ilaiyaraja') was produced, chronicling his career.

His Telugu Movies List
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1 Abhinandana
2 Gharshana (old)
3 Maharshi
4 April 1 Vidudala
5 Anveshana
6 Aatma Bandhuvu
7 Aaradhana
8 Preminchu Pelladu
9 Nayakudu
10 Rudra Veena
11 Sankeerthana
12 Premalekhalu
13 Nirnayam
14 Abhilasha
15 Swathimuthyam
16 Sagara Sangamam
17 Nireekshana
18 Bobbili Raja
19 Chaitanya
20 Challenge
21 Chettu Kinda Pleader
22 Chillipi Yavvanam
23 Jamadagni
24 Jwala
25 Kokila
26 Kondaveeti Donga
27 Rakshasudu
28 Rakthabhishekam
29 Thoorpu sindhooram
30 Vijethalu
31 Aakhari poraatam
32 Aalapana
33 Anjali
34 Swarna Kamalam
35 Chanti
36 Aditya 369
37 Coolie No.1
38 Dalapathi
39 Detective Naradha
40 Dharmakshetram
41 Guna
42 Keechurallu
43 Killer
44 Soorya IPS
45 O Papa Lali
46 Prema
47 Priyathama
48 Sri Kanakamaha Lakshmi
49 Varasudochadu
50 Geetanjali
51 Indrudu Chandrudu
52 Ladies Tailor
53 Marana Mrudangam
54 Rudra Nethra
55 Shiva
56 Vennela

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