Hi this is my first article on a filmy person about a LEGENDARY and THE MAESTRO of the music

THE MAESTRO ILAIYARAAJA garu is a LEGEND for the southern film industry as he has composed 4500 songs and more than 950 films in various indian languages in a carrer spanning of more than 30 years. he has been a very prominent composer , he mainly works for tamil and telugu films He was the first to introduce boarder Western musical sensibilites in to South India & He was a gold medalist in the classical guitar from the TRINITY college of music in London & the first indian to compose full SYMPHONY performed at London. "Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu" from the film Thalapathi was ranked 4th in the world's top most 10 popular songs of all time and he has been also awarded with the prestigious 'PADMA BHUSAN' award by the government of INDIA

Ilaiyaraaja was born on June 2, 1943 in a poor family living in a small village “Pannaipuram”, located in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, India. He was originally named Gnanadesikan by his father Ramaswamy and mother Chinnathayammal . Ilayaraja is married to Jeeva and has two sons and a daughter. His sons, Karthik Raaja and Yuvan Shankar Raaja are regarded as two of the best music directors of the present generation. His daughter, Bhavathaarini, is a playback singer. Ilayaraja’s brother - Gangai Amaran - is a renowned director-lyricist and music composer.

Ilaiyaraaja worked with a band-for-hire in Chennai, as a guitarist in the 1970s. Thereafter, he worked as a session guitarist, keyboardist and conducted the orchestra for renowned film music directors, including Salil Chowdhury. He worked as an assistant to Kannada music director G K Venkatesh, with whom he worked on around 200 films.

Ilaiyaraaja started a film production company as "Paavalar Creations" on his elder brother's name and produced few tamil movies with leading tamil actors including that of Rajinikanth in the film named Rajathi Raja (1989) and Kamal Haasan's Singaravelan (1992) and apart from FILMS and MUSIC He is a very good PHOTOGRAPHER also.

ILAIYARAAJA made his debut in the year 1978 for Tamil - Sigappu Rojakkal ,Telugu - Vayasu Pilichindi Malayalam - Aaru Manikkoor,,and Kannada -  Maathu Tappada Maga  film industries  and for the Hindi film's he made his debut in the year 1983 with Sadma .

Ilaiyaraaja rarely performs his music live, which may be due to the time he devotes to his composing activities. 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 16 October 2005.

He has given many hits tracks for the telugu film industry like : Yugandhar,Seethakoka Chiluka, Nireekshana, Abhilasha,Saagara Sangamam, Swathi Muthyam,Abhinandana, Geethanjali, Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka
Sundari, Aditya 369 and many more

Coming to his awards :
  • National Film Award for Best Music Direction: “Saagara Sangamam” (1984), “Sindhu Bhairavi” (1986) and “Rudraveena” (1989)
  • Gold Remi Award for Best Music Score: “Vishwa Thulasi” (2005)
  • Kalaimamani Award from the Government of the State of Tamil Nadu, India
  • State Government Award from Government of Kerala in 1995
  • Madhya Pradesh State Award in 1998
  • NTR National Award in 2004
For any person it will be biggest acheivement when his  associates and sons acheive more, it make him above the no.1 games.He never used to celebrate his birthday even though he celebrated a few times it involved lot of social service then celebration.
Last but not least, He is also known as The KING OF CLASSICAL.



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