Cerebral Shangrila

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Illayaraja -- unearthing a few gems

I was aimlessly shifting channels with the remote control last sunday. There was a tamil movie titled "Aayiram Nilave vaa" running on Central. The movie itself was pretty amateurish but I unearthed a couple of wonderful Illayaraja gems from that movie. The first song was " Devadhai Ilam Devi" ( A song I had heard long time ago -- An excellent one filled with pathos and rendered in a Rafi like style by SPB) and the other song was " Gangai aatril" -- A solo sung by P.Suseela which has the signature of raja written all over it. An excellent melody.

Its amazing how many films have got a facelift by Illayaraja's music and perhaps he started the trend of films becoming hits because of Music Directors . In many of his movies , the real hero was Illayaraja and that explains the reasons for his spat with some leading directors later in his life.

Btw, If you want to listen to these two songs , here is the link from Musicindiaonline.


  • The song was great.... (I mean 'devathai...' song)

    But the movie was too childish, compared to a different trend of movies which we watch nowadays.. I couldn't bear with it more than 10 minutes... :-)

    By Blogger Ram C, at 7:13 AM  

  • Gangai aatril ninru kondu meenai thedum pen thaan ival.!! Amazing song...And so is the other SPB song. We used to be glued to the radios those days ( before TV..or the early TV days in Chennai) to listen to this song.

    Yes IR ...and thanks to him..several dubakoor movies have run more than they deserve. So many musical hits.!! Thanks for writing about this and re-kindling my memories.

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 8:17 AM  

  • shows you are still very young... there are have been many hits from yesteryear music directors... k.v. mahadevan, ms. v, and people before them... definitely raja was not the first music director to compose hit music for mediocre films!! wake up man!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:23 PM  

  • ram.c - agree

    venkitu -- absolutely

    anon - I think u missed my point completely ..

    By Blogger Cogito, at 8:51 PM  

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