Ilaiyaraaja
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1943-06-02
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Ilaiyaraaja

Biography

 Ilaiyaraaja  (born Gnanathesikan) is an Indian film composer who works predominantly in the South Indian cinema since the late 1970s. Regarded as one of the finest music composers in India, Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and songwriter. He ...

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Biography

 Ilaiyaraaja  (born Gnanathesikan) is an Indian film composer who works predominantly in the South Indian cinema since the late 1970s. Regarded as one of the finest music composers in India, Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and songwriter. He has composed more than 5000 songs and provided film scores for more than 1000 films, particularly being acclaimed for his background scores.

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Kamal Haasan
Thenpaandi Cheemayile
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Thenpaandi Cheemayile
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Raaja Raajathi
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Raaja Raajathi
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Surmayee Ankhiyon Mein
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Surmayee Ankhiyon Mein
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Sorgame Endralum
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Sorgame Endralum
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Thanimayil (Feat. Vani Jairam & Chorus)
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Thanimayil (Feat. Vani Jairam & Chorus)
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Ilaiyaraaja Biography

 Ilaiyaraaja  (born Gnanathesikan) is an Indian film composer who works predominantly in the South Indian cinema since the late 1970s. Regarded as one of the finest music composers in India, Ilaiyaraaja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and songwriter. He has composed more than 5000 songs and provided film scores for more than 1000 films, particularly being acclaimed for his background scores.

He integrated folk—in Tamil—and introduced western musical sensibilities into the South Indian musical mainstream. Ilaiyaraja is also known for creating music by fusing symphonic orchestration with traditional Indian instrumentation, often performed by Budapest Symphony Orchestra. In 1993 he organised a full symphony performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and thus became the First Indian to compose a full symphony, with Ravi Shankar being the only other Indian to do so. He is also the first Asian to compose a full symphony performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has won four Indian National Film Awards (the highest film honor in India); three for Best Music Direction and one for Best Background Score. In 2010 he has received Padma Bhushan, awarded by the Government of India.

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