Profile & Biography of Tamil Music Director Ilaiyaraaja


This page gives personal information about Tamil film Music director Ilaiyaraaja, Film Carrier of Ilaiyaraaja, Awards win by Ilaiyaraaja, Ilaiyaraaja's milestone films and Honorary Awards received by Ilaiyaraaja

Ilaiyaraaja, Kollywood Music Director


Original Name - Gnanadesikan
Birth date – 2-June'1943
Birth Place – Pannaipuram, Theni, Tamil Nadu
Profession – Film music composer, Singer.
Number of films – Around 900 films
Nick Name – Isaignani
Spouse – Jeeva
Children– 2 Sons(Karthick Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja) and 1 daughter Bhavatharini
Father Name – Ramaswamy
Mother Name – Chinnathayammal

At the age of 14, Ilaiyaraaja had joined his elder step brother's music troupe. He was working with that troupe for almost 10 years. In 1970s Ilaiyaraaja worked as session guitarist and keyboardist in the Orchestra conducted by famous music composers. After that Ilaiyaraaja had joined as assistant for G.K.Venkatesh who was the Kannada film Music Director.

Film Carrier of Ilaiyaraaja


In the year of 1976, Ilaiyaraaja made his debut in Tamil Film Industry. Ilaiyaraaja started his carrier with a movie Annakkili which was produced by Panchu Arunachalam. The songs of Annakkili were so popular among the audiences and Ilaiyaraaja became limelight after this movie.

He has scored music for Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi film industry. Ilaiyaraaja's major contribution is in Tamil and Telugu. Ilaiyaraaja scored music for more than 600 Tamil films and around 250 Telugu films.

Normally Ilaiyaraaja comes up with tune and later lyrics are added to that tune. This kind of composing technique was introduced by Ilaiyaraaja for the first time.

Best of Ilaiyaraaja


In 1991, Ilaiyaraaja had scored music for Thalapathi. The Song Rakkama kaiya Thattu from Thalapathi was listed as one of the BBC World's Top Ten songs.
In 1987, Ilaiyaraaja had composed music for the film Nayakan. Nayakan was ranked as one of the all time 100 Movies by Time magazine.

Few Successful films of Ilaiyaraaja


All the songs which was composed Ilaiyaraaja was hit among the audience. Here I have listed few movies among them.

16 Vayathinilae – This film has a song Sendhoora Poove, sung by S.Janaki which won the National Award for Best female playback Singer.

Azhagi - This film has a song Pattu Solli Pada Solli, sung by Sadhana Sargam which won the National Award for Best female playback Singer.

Bharathi - This film has a song Mayil Pola, sung by.Bhavatharini which won the National Award for Best female playback Singer..

Devar Magan – It is the 600th film of Ilaiyaraaja. This film has a song Inji Idupazhaga, sung by S.Janaki and KamalHassan which won the National Award.

Mella Thiranthathu Kathavu – In this film Ilaiyaraaja had scored music with M.S.Viswanathan

Mudhal Mariyathai - This film has a song "Poongathu Thirumbuma" written by Vairamuthu which won the National Award for Best Lyrics..

Nayakan – It is Ilaiyaraaja's 400th film. Nayagan was rated as one of the best film among Top 100 in the world by Time Magazine.

Salangai Oli – It has National Award winning song "Thagida Thathimi" which was sung by SPB.

Sindhu Bairavi, Punnagai Mannan, Siva, Sigappu Rojakkal, Udhaya geetham, Puthu Puthu Arthangal, Moondram Pirai, Karakattakaran and many more Movies are best of Isaignani.

Awards won by Ilaiyaraaja


Padma Bhushan : Ilaiyaraaja has honored with Padma Bhushan award in the year of 2010. Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in India.

National Awards won by Ilaiyaraaja: Ilaiyaraaja has won National Film Award for Best Music Director 3 times.

1. Ilaiyaraaja has won National Award for Best Music Director for the film of Sindhu Bhairavi in the year of 1986.

2. Ilaiyaraaja has won National Award for Best Music Director for the film of Salangai Oli in the year of 1989

3. Ilaiyaraaja has won National Award for Best Music Director for the film of Saagara Sangamam in the year of 1986.

Gold Remi Award of Ilaiyaraaja
In the year of 2005, Ilaiyaraaja has won Gold Remi Award for Best Music Score along with M.S.Vishwanathan for the film Vishva Thulasi at the WorldFest-Houston Film Festival.

Ilaiyaraaja received many Awards from Government of Tamil Nadu, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Government of Karnataka and Government of Kerala.

Honorary Awards of Ilaiyaraaja


In the year of 1988, Ilaiyaraaja honored with Tamil Nadu Government's Kalaimaamani Award by Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Ilaiyaraaja received Honorary Doctorate from Annamalai University in the year of 1994.

Ilaiyaraaja was awarded Honorary Doctorate from The World University Round Table, Arizona, USA in the year of 1994.

Ilaiyaraaja received Honorary Doctorate from Madurai Kamaraj University in the year of 1996.

Ilaiyaraaja is first Asian Composer to score a Symphony. Ilaiyaraaja had done a music course in Trinity College of Music, London and got Gold medal.


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