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Ilaiyaraaja: ‘There aren’t any composers in the present day, solely programmers’

Ilaiyaraaja: ‘There aren’t any composers in the present day, solely programmers’

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How the Isaignani is gearing up for ‘Rock with Raaja,’ Chennai’s first large live performance in two pandemic-influenced years

How the Isaignani is gearing up for ‘Rock with Raaja,’ Chennai’s first large live performance in two pandemic-influenced years

There are indicators of music in every single place in Ilaiyaraaja’s new tastefully-done studio in Chennai’s Kodambakkam. Murals of devices adorn the partitions of a lot of the rooms. A wall going through the recording rooms has an illustration of the music legend himself, the artwork bustling with notes of music.

Inside, the 78-year-old musician is busy with final minute preparations for his upcoming live performance: ‘Rock with Raaja,’ which would be the first large live performance within the metropolis after two years of the pandemic.

“These final two years have been a darkish part for many individuals,” says Ilaiyaraaja, popularly referred to as ‘Isaignani’ for his musical experience. He provides, “Even throughout that point, my music was their companion. Now, it’s a probability to offer them a chance to expertise the identical in individual… I imagine this may give them hope for higher instances forward.”

Although he participated in hundreds of live shows internationally, this one can be completely different, he guarantees. In a marked departure from his light melodies, this time he says he’s focussing on “enjoyable” — promos have him urging folks to ‘dance to his songs’. “Sure, that’s a clue,” he smiles, “However I can not elaborate on that.” Whereas followers will miss singers just like the late SP Balasubrahmanyam on stage, ‘Rock with Raaja’ may throw up a number of surprises, with a line-up of singers that embody names like Mano, Karthik, Shweta Mohan and Devi Sri Prasad, amongst others.

‘The place are the composers?’

The previous couple of years have seen enormous modifications on the music entrance, with phrases like ‘viral’ and ‘views’ turning into key indicators of success. Ilaiyaaraja, nonetheless, appears unfazed by social media’s metrics. “My music has been viral for 4 many years, hasn’t it,” he states, including, “If a music is on folks’s minds for only one week or so, how are you going to name it viral? There aren’t any composers within the movie business in the present day; there are solely programmers. There are such a lot of new singers and voices in the present day, however does something stand the take a look at of time? With KJ Yesudas and SP Balasurahmanyam, that period is gone….”

With greater than a thousand movies to his credit score, Ilaiyaraaja has experimented with many musical genres. “There are solely four-five conditions in cinema. That’s why AR Rahman gave an announcement as soon as that he’s bored of composing for movies. The identical themes of affection, love failure, and one-sided love preserve repeating itself. Right now, even songs celebrating moms and sisters usually are not being accepted by the viewers. All it is because the numbers are being sung by singers whose vocals don’t precisely match with the characters voicing it on the display screen.”

However, Ilaiyaraaja have a busy 12 months forward, with upcoming cinema tasks by administrators Vetrimaaran and Seenu Ramasamy, amongst others, lined up. He’s additionally slated to be engaged on an Indo-English challenge titled A Lovely Breakup, directed by Ajithvasan Uggina. “I’m somebody who at all times encourages new expertise,” he says, explaining why he has such a various vary of tasks. “When Mani Ratnam got here to me, he was simply beginning out; I accepted him as a result of I wished to advertise new folks within the business.”

Music for braveness

A few months in the past, a music fanatic named Seethalakshmi famously sang her means by way of breast most cancers surgical procedure, crooning Ilaiyaraaja’s common 1990 quantity ‘Karpoora Bommai Ondru’ ( Keladi Kanmani). Earlier, social media was additionally abuzz with tales of a child who was unwell, however began recovering to strains of ‘Thiruvasagam’. Explaining why he thinks that this live performance is vital, after two very difficult years, Illaiyaraaja says, “Most of those songs are literally executed for a scenario in cinema, however I didn’t know that it had such energy amongst listeners… Music can’t solely heal, but additionally cover the ache that you just nurse in your on a regular basis life.

Rock with Raaja is on March 18, from 6pm onwards, at Island Grounds. Go to insider.in for tickets

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