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May 30, 2013

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Ilaiyaraaja is an Indian film composer, singer, and lyricist, mainly in Tamil film Industry and other Indian film industries like Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and Marathi.

Ilaiyaraaja is regarded as one of the finest music composers in India. Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and a songwriter. To date, he has composed over 4500 songs and provided film scores for more than 950 Indian films in various languages in a career spanning more than 30 years, particularly being acclaimed for his background scoring for Indian films. His songs and background score played a very crucial role in the success of many films. He remains one of the most popular composers to have emerged from India.

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Ilaiyaraaja was born as Gnanadesikan (Daniel Rajaiya in school records) on June 2, 1943 in a Christian converted Hindu Tamil family in Pannaipuram, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India to Ramaswamy (Father) & Chinnathayammal (Mother). Ilaiyaraaja have one elder brothers Pavalar Varadharajan, Baskar, two younger sisters Kamalammal, Padmavathi & an younger brother named Amar Singh (Gangai Amaran), who is also a music director and lyricist in Tamil film industry. Ilaiyaraaja joined Dhanraj Master as a student to learn musical instruments and the master renamed and called him as just "Raaja". In his first movie Annakili, Tamil film producer Panchu Arunachalam added "Ilaiya" (Ilaiya means younger in Tamil language) as prefix in his name Raaja and he named as "Ilaiyaraaja" because in 1970's there was one more music director A. M. Rajah who was a popular one.

Ilaiyaraaja was married to Jeeva. They have three children — two sons Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja and a daughter Bhavatharini — all film composers and singers. His wife Jeeva died on 31 October 2011.

RARE PHOTOS OF MUSIC COMPOSER ILAIYARAAJA

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer S. P. Balasubramaniam (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Lyricist Vairamuthu (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Son Music Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja (Middle) with Elder Brother Baskar & Younger Brother Gangai Amaran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Rajinikanth (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer Lata Mangeshkar (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

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Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with  Director Mahendran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Grandson Yatheeshwar (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Son Karthik Raja & Daughter Bhavatharini (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Director Bharathiraja & Lyricist Vairamuthu (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Director Bharathiraja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

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Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja Receiving Padma Bhusan from Former President Pratibha Patil (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

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Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Kamal Haasan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with  Lyricist Vaaliba Kavingar Vaali (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with  Lyricist Vaaliba Kavingar Vaali (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja (Middle) with Elder Brother Baskar & Younger Brother Gangai Amaran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

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Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Kamal Haasan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer & Actor Vasudevan Nair (Malaysia Vasudevan) (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)


Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Kamal Haasan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Sivaji Ganesan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

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Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja Rare Childhood Pic (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

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Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer S. P. Sailaja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Family (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja during movie Murattu Kaalai shooting (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Bollywood Music Composer R. D. Burman (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Son Music Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Wife Jeeva on their Wedding - Wedding Pic (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Director Bharathiraja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor M. G. Ramachandran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Grandson Yatheeshwar (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja getting Doctoral degree from Kishan Kant, former Governor of Tamil Nadu - 1997 (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Director Bharathiraja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Rajinikanth (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer S. P. Balasubramaniam (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja's first offical recording for 'Annakili' 1976, producer Panju Arunachalam with him (Panju arunachalam is the one who introduced Ilaiyaraaja to the film industry) (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Director Mahendran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer K. J. Yesudas & Director Mahendran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Younger Brother Gangai Amaran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Sivaji Ganesan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Viji Manuel, Purushothaman, Sada master in 1978 (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with his Guru Dhanraj Master (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Music Composer G. K. Venkatesh (with whom he worked as an Assistant Music Director for few years) (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Wife Jeeva, Kids Sons Music Composers Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Wife Jeeva on their Wedding - Wedding Pic (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Lyricist Kannadasan & Younger Brother Gangai Amaran (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Wife Jeeva on their Wedding - Wedding Pic (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Son Music Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actors Sivaji Ganesan & Kamal Haasan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer & Actor Vasudevan Nair (Malaysia Vasudevan) (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Kamal Haasan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Son Music Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Mother Chinnathayammal, Wife Jeeva & Son Music Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Wife Jeeva, Kids Sons Music Composers Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja & Daughter Music Composer Bhavatharini - Family Pic (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Wife Jeeva, Kids Sons Music Composers Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja & Daughter Music Composer Bhavatharini - Family Pic (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singers K. J. Yesudas & K. S. Chitra (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer S. P. Balasubramaniam (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

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Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja (Middle)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Sivaji Ganesan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Director Bharathiraja (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Director Balu Mahendra (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Actor Kamal Haasan (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja with Singer S Janaki (Rare Photos Of Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja)

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 numerous films in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and one in Marathi. He integrated folk lyricism (in Tamil) and introduced broader Western musical sensibilities into the South Indian musical mainstream.

Ilaiyaraaja is a gold medalist in classical guitar from Trinity College of Music, London, in 1993, he organised a full symphony and thus became the first Asian to compose a full symphony performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London's Walthamstow Town Hall, which is not released yet. 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".

Ilaiyaraaja grew up in a rural area, exposed to a range of Tamil folk music. At the age of 14, he joined a travelling musical troupe headed by his elder brother, Pavalar Varadarajan, and spent the next decade performing throughout South India. While working with the troupe, he penned his first composition, a musical adaptation of an elegy written by the Tamil poet laureate Kannadasan for Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister. In 1968, Ilaiyaraaja began a music course with Professor Dhanraj in Madras (now Chennai), which included an overview of Western classical music, compositional training in techniques such as counterpoint, and study in instrumental performance. Ilaiyaraaja specialized in classical guitar and had taken a course in it at the Trinity College of Music, London.

In the 1970s in Chennai, Ilaiyaraaja played guitar in a band-for-hire, and worked as a session guitarist, keyboardist, and organist for film music composers and directors such as Salil Chowdhury from West Bengal. After being hired as the musical assistant to Kannada film composer G. K. Venkatesh, he worked on 200 film projects, mostly in the Kannada language. As G. K. Venkatesh's assistant, Ilaiyaraaja would orchestrate the melodic outlines developed by Venkatesh. During this period, Ilaiyaraaja also began writing his own scores. To hear his compositions, he would persuade Venkatesh's session musicians to play excerpts from his scores during their break times. Ilaiyaraaja would hire instruments from composer R. K. Shekhar, father of composer A. R. Rahman, who later joined Ilaiyaraaja's orchestra as a keyboardist.

In 1975, film producer Panchu Arunachalam commissioned him to compose the songs and film score for a Tamil-language film called Annakkili ('The Parrot'). For the soundtrack, Ilaiyaraaja applied the techniques of modern popular film music orchestration to Tamil folk poetry and folk song melodies, which created a fusion of Western and Tamil idioms. Ilaiyaraaja's use of Tamil music in his film scores injected new influence into the Indian film score milieu. By the mid-1980s Ilaiyaraaja was gaining increasing stature as a film composer and music director in the South Indian film industry. He has worked with Indian poets and lyricists such as Kannadasan, Vaali, Vairamuthu, O. N. V. Kurup, Sreekumaran Thampi, Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Chi. Udaya Shankar and Gulzar and is well known for his association with film makers such as Bharathiraja, K. Balachander, Mani Ratnam, Sathyan Anthikkad, Priyadarshan, Fazil, Balu Mahendra, Vamsy, K. Vishwanath and R. Balki.

In the 2000s, Ilaiyaraaja composed a variety of non-film music, including religious and devotional songs, an oratorio, and world music, while shifting his focus to Malayalam films. He is usually referred to by the title Isaignani (English: Musical Genius), or as The Maestro. He has won four Indian National Film Awards; three for Best Music Direction and one for Best Background Score and is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award from the Government of India.

Ilaiyaraaja also received the NTR National Award in 2004. In 2012 he received the Sangeet Natak Academi Award for his creative and experimental works in music field. In a poll conducted by CNN-IBN celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in 2013, Ilaiyaraaja was voted the greatest music composer of India with a maximum of 49%.


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