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ILayaraja born on 2 June 1943, Pannaipuram, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India
brought up in an obscure village near Kambam in Southern Tamil Nadu, Ilayaraja became the first Asian to score a symphony for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, besides scoring over 500 feature films in a period of 20 years. Raja, as he is popularly known and affectionately called, comes from a family of musicians. His mother, a huge repository of Tamil folk songs, seems to be a very strong influence in his music. He learned to play the harmonium, the typical musical instrument used in street performances. The team of the brothers, the eldest being Pavalar Varadharajan, a poet, worked as a group of musicians traveling across the state, accompanying theater artists. Raja picked up most of his acumen for audience tastes during this period.

In 1969, Raja migrated to the city of Madras, the Southern Movie capital, when he was 29 years old, looking for a break into music making for the public. He studied under Dhanraj Master, playing the guitar and piano in the Western style. He later earned a diploma in music from Trinity College in London. Ilayaraja’s break into music for films came with Annakili (1976). The film dealt with a village story, to which Ilayaraja composed great melodies. The songs offered simplicity and musicality typical of Tamil folk in an authentic way, and they offered new sounds—rich orchestration typical of Western music. The songs became an instant hit, the most popular being “Machchana Partheengala” sung by a female voice, S. Janaki. This was followed by a series of films that portrayed contemporary Tamil villages in an authentic way, against stylistic shallow portrayals before. For all of these films Raja created memorable songs. Most popular were the songs “Senthoorappove” and “Aatukkutti Mutaiyittu” from Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977), and “Samakkozhi” and “Oram Po” from Ponnu Oorukku Pudhusu (1979).

Raja soon proved his abilities in other styles as well. classical Karnatic melodies were used in Kannan Oru Kai Kuzhandhai (1978) (Rag Mohanam), Mayile Mayile (Ragam Hamsadhwani), and Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran (Reethi Gowlai). Raja’s grasp of Western classical structure became evident with his masterful use of the piano, guitar, and string ensembles. Some of the numbers that show his orchestral genius are “Pon malai Pozhudu” and “Poongadhave” from Nizhalgal (1980), Kanmaniye Kadhal from Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979), “Ramanin Mohanam” from Netri Kann (1981), "En Iniya Pon nilave from Moodupani (1980), “Paruvame Pudhiya” from Nenjathai Killathe (1981), and “Edho Moham” from Kozhi Koovuthu (1982). These songs could literally be heard coming from every doorstep in Tamil Nadu state every day for at least a year after being released. Raja composed film music prolifically for the next fifteen years, at a rate of as many as three new songs a day. After a few years as a film composer, he could write all the parts to a score as they came to him, and his assistants would make fair copies, which would be recorded immediately.

Raja went for a trip abroad to Europe, partly to visit places where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Ludwig van Beethoven lived. They were his Manasika Gurus or non-physical teachers, he wrote once. He also met contemporary composers and arrangers including Paul Mauriat. His listeners were awestruck by the quality and quantity of his musical output. He also scored a few films abroad. Ilayaraja’s image grew to be a unique one in the history of Tamil cinema: stories, themes, and castes would be changed to fit his music, which swept away the minds of millions of Indians in hundreds of films.

Ilayaraja also recorded non-film albums, such as “How to Name It” and “Nothing But Wind,” which were well-received in India and abroad. In 1993, he wrote a symphony for the London Philharmonic Orchestra in an amazing one-month span. To many people who know him, Raja represents more than his music. He is a mark of great achievement that is possible by hard work, yet he is seen in most of his interviews as talking very philosophically. He is very much attracted by the philosophy of Ramana Maharishi of Thiruvanna Malai, who lived in the early 20th Century. Raja once referred to Ramana as “our Zen master.”

He won a gold medal from London’s Trinity College in the guitar category. His notable works include Nayakan (1987) (his 400th film) and Anjali (1990) (his 500th film). His other musical works include “Nothing But the Wind,” “How to Name It,” and “Singing Skylarks.” He also invented a new Carnatic raga known as Panchamukhi.

Movie:Thoongathe thambi thoongathe
Music:Maestro Dr.iLayaraja

Raja always use to say,he has come up in his
life,just because of his mother and ofcourse
god.This is one such wonderful mother song
rendered by him and i dedicate this song to
the maestro and ofcourse his mother.God bless
raja sir.Thankyou all for listening.There is
another version sung by S.P.B sir.Please leave
your feedback at your leisure,thankyou.



Balaji Seetharaman said

Excellent Write-up ! Veetuku poi paatu kekaren ! Happy B Day Raaja Sir !

Loved the write-up srini anna !
Balaji S


Srini S said

Thanks bala.No problem take your own time.


Pratane said

Wow superb rendition Srini Bro. Liked it very much in your soothing voice.


Srini S said

Pratane thankyou so much bro.Glad you liked it.


Swati Prasad said

Lovely song and lovely singing
very nice
happy birthday to Illayaraja sir



Sriram Srinivasan said


Good writeup – good song pick – nice track and good singing as well

keep it up!!



Ramya Harish said

Very expressive rendition Srini! Liked it:)
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Roshine Gnanatharshan. said

Simply superb srini anna……
Loved this dedication song for raja sir.
Lovely singing and the write up of yours is awesome.
loved both the write up and singing to the core.


  • Roshine *

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Subbu said

Srini,a great song,rendered with superb expressions,a great write up and a lovely dedication!!!I can not ask for more……Thanks
Straight From the heart, Always


Balaji Seetharaman said

Vazhga Isaignani ! Just heard it lovely singing Srini. Excellent song selection and rendered with good feel and expressions. Lovely anna !
Balaji S


Rekha swaminathan (on and off...) said

Srini….superb song to pick for IR’s b’day….one of my favs….
Aprom write-up padichadhukku apparam IR info’kaga inume Wiki pakkam pogave vendaam…. :D
Well sung Srini, expressions were very good! Did you sing this in one take? Or otherwise, was some of that breathiness deliberate? probably the latter… :)

Aprom, andha ‘naan illai thaaiye’ line might sound manifold charming with a bit more sharpness….just thonittu… :) MHO….

aana your delivery was very fine….enjoyed! :)
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Harshan Nambiar Pro user said

Srini bhai ….not familiar with this song ….but loved your effortless rendition ….KEEP it up !!!
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Vishak Subramoney said

nice rendition Srinivasan. liked ur voice as always


Deepesh A k(indefinitely on and off) said

Excellent rendition……Lovely pick……aanaa thalaivare……neengaluma???? evalavu periya write up!!!! :D


Srini S said

vishak,harshan bhai,harry,rekha,balaji,ramya,
kitcha,shani,thankyou so much for the feedback.
Glad you all liked it.Amazing responses.Thanks
a lot.

Rekha impossible to sing in one take.Easy to
listen,but very tough to render.Honest comments
are always welcome.Will check it out.

Dylan to be frank i have heard raja sir’s
rendition only once.Since my young age i
use to listen only balu sir’s rendition.In
some places i tried to modulate baluji’s
voice.Thanks dylan.

Deepesh namma thalaivar pathi naama ezhudama
vera yaaru ezhuduvanga?lol.

Rosh,bala and subbu thanks again for favg it.



Maruthi said

Aha arptuthamaana song , sorry I am late here….you have done it superbly srini….one thing i found in this rendition is u r more concentrating on the song so I kind of found a lack in the expression.May be Im wrong…
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Harry Chops said

Srini Bhai,
your write up shows how much you respect the master. Loved the song in your voice
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ராஜ் குமார் அஞ்சன் said

Adra Sakka!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A lovely pick to exhibit the adoration you have, for this Maestro… Having scored music for more than 900 movies is not a bantering stuff… There is a mis-perception about this genius that he is adamant and self-conceited… In general, people of such an acme rank after having tasted success passing years of struggle wants everyone to be perfect and so is the case here… His expectation set on others to be perfect projects him differently to the masses… I go bewildered whenever I think the way he writes musical notations without even having them played and the style of inter-weaving the tones of instruments is satanic and inimitable… I still remember some bungling up their careers trying to clone Raja… Nice write-up about IR… Enjoyed reading it though the contents are in my cognizance already…

Nice rendition… Felt the feel part was devoid at certain places… But was highly influenced by the song pick… The flow with which you usually sing seems to be missing… But I think the time u have taken to render this must be the reason… You are one of the singers here giving one-pass recordings… I admire that quality… Way to go… Good luck…

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Srini S said

Thankyou maruthi,harry bhai and raj for the
feedback and pointers.Glad you all liked it.
Raj thanks again for favg it.


Thinkal govind kumar Pro user said

My Dear S S Thamby,
Very informative write-up & beautiful, smooth-flowing rendition in your expressive voice !
LOVED it !

Cheers !
GOD Bless !
Loving Best Wishes,
Thinkal Govind Kumar.


Srini S said

Thanks so much tgk sir for the encouraging
feedback.Glad you liked it.


Sushanth Shankar said

Hi Srini! :)

What a wonderful song to pick! I just love this song for the beauty of the tune and also for the beautiful and very meaningful lyrics!

You have sung this very well…. Loved the effort you put into this… Great dedication!

All the very best!

- Sushanth


Srini S said

Thanks a lot sushanth for the feedback.Glad you
liked it and thanks again for favg it.


Harish said

beautiful voice, pure and pristine!


Adwait Ranade Pro user said

What a perfect tribute, Mate! It’s a wonderful tune with beautiful music and your soothing voice and superb, clean, singing made it very enjoyable! Keep it up. LIKED it and surely to my fav’s! I am so happy to come across Rajaji’s wonderful compositions through you.
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Srini S said

Take your own time srividya,thanks.Harish and
adwait bhai,thanks a lot for the feedback.Glad
you liked it.Adwait bhai i still remember you
told me once you love ‘vaanam keezhe’ song from
this movie.Yaad hai?Thanks again for favg it.


Shailender said


The write-up was a perfect tribute to IR on his B’Day……combined it with your singing, it was just like ’sone pe suhaga", as the saying goes in Hindi.

Just loved it….

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Srini S said

Thanks a lot shail for the feedback.Glad you
liked it.You are absolutely right about the
hindi song.


Srini S said

Thanks a lot srividya,glad you liked it.


Sojan Chacko said

Lovely singing and very melodious song.


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Srini S said

Thanks so much sojan bhai and vishnu.Glad you
both liked it.


Biju Ramachandran Pro user said

hi srini,
nicely sung srini.
more than anything i liked the feel.real soulful rendition.keep up the gud work.liked it
biju ramachandran


Srini S said

Thankyou so much biju for the feedback.Glad you
liked it yar.Keep encouraging.


Srini S said

Thanks a lot unni.Glad you liked it.


Babu Nm said

very nice song pick and very nicely sung by you srini….loved your rendition…loved it srini
“Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven."
may god bless you and be with you. ALWAYS……


Srini S said

Thanks so much babu.Glad you liked it.


Subbu said

beautiful dedication and well researched preamble…. thoroughly enjoyed it Srini….Keep it up.
Straight From the heart, Always


Srini S said

Thanks a lot subbu.Glad you liked it.


Anbu Mohamed Pro user said

THAIKKU ORU THAALATTU”. Superb singing Srini !


Srini S said

Thanks so much anbu.

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