The King is Back | Ilaiyaraaja Live in Concert in Chennai

The King is Back

Shri. Ilaiyaraaja, born June 2nd, 1943, is an Indian Film Composer, Conductor, Arranger, Lyricist and Singer who works in the Indian Film Industry. Widely regarded as one of the Greatest Indian Music Composers, he is often credited for introducing Western Musical sensibilities in the Indian Film musical mainstream, predominantly in the South. He has Composed over 8,500 Songs, besides being the only Composer in the World to have Composed Music for 1418 Feature Films in over 9 languages. Shri. Ilaiyaraaja is the only Composer in the world to have written lyrics for over 1500 songs besides singing over 1000 songs himself. In 2003, according to an International Poll conducted by BBC with participation from 165 countries, his composition “Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu” from the 1991 film Thalapathi was voted Fourth in the Top 10 Most Popular Songs of All Time.

In a 2013 poll conducted by CNN celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema, Shri. Ilaiyaraaja was voted as the All-time Greatest Film-Music Director of India. In 2014, American World Cinema portal “Taste of Cinema” placed him at the 9th position in its list of 25 Greatest Film Composers in the History of Cinema amongst Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Hans Zimmer.

“isaignani ILAIYARAAJA” will present some of his finest unique compositions along with a few background scores with his full legendary orchestra besides Budapest musicians and some celebrity singers. This unique and special concert at YMCA, Nandanam, Chennai on Sunday, July 14, 2024 will be presented by the Maestro as a treat to his fans which is expected to be the biggest event organised at YMCA. The Concert will feature his various compositions in films and outside of it carefully curated, explained and uniquely presented.