Soulful compositions of Ilaiyaraaja

Ilaiyaraaja is not only one of the best composers in India, but also the world. His work has gained him international fame and numerous awards across many countries. His work spanning over 4 decades, has given us over 7000 songs. So, on the occasion of his birthday, let’s take a look at some of the evergreen hits of Ilaiyaraaja.
 

1. Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu

The famous song from the movie Thalapathi is written by Vaali and composed by Ilaiyaraaja. In a poll conducted by BBC World in 2002 across 165 countries, it was voted as the fourth most popular songs.
 

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2. Sangathil Paadatha

Out of the total six songs included in the soundtrack of the movie Auto Raja, this is the only one composed by Ilaiyaraaja, the rest are composed by Shankar Ganesh. To this day, this song remains as one of the most famous songs of the Maestro.
 

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3. Adikuthu Kuliru

This song from the movie Mannan with its other songs were composed by Ilaiyaraaja and sung by Rajinikanth and S. Janika. This marked the debut of Thalaiva as a singer. Initially, Thalaiva was unsure about the music video but he loved it after the completion of shooting. It still remains as an all time classic.
 

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4. Thenpandi Cheemayile

This song is from the movie Nayakan which marked the 400th soundtrack of the Maestro. The song is composed by Ilaiyaraaja and also voiced by him and Kamal Haasan. The song plays throughout the movie. Ilaiyaraaja’s version has a folk touch to it while Kamal’s version is kept a little more polished.

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5. Anbe Vaa Arugile

This song is from the highly successful soundtrack of the movie Kilipetchu Ketkava and is penned by Vaali and composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The movie features two versions of the song, one of which is a female version. 
 

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6. Enna Paduvathu

This song along with the entire soundtrack of the movie, Keladi Kanmani, except for one song, was composed just within 45 minutes. This remains the only collaboration of Ilaiyaraaja with director Vasanth for composing the soundtrack of a movie.

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7. Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe

This song was originally composed for the movie Moodu Pani but then it was used for the movie Payanangal Mudivathillai. Ilaiyaraaja composed this song along with the soundtrack of the movie. The Maestro composed 30 tunes within 12 hours to be selected according to the scenes in the movie.
 

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8. Machaana Pathingala

The film Annakili’s soundtrack which also consists of this song was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, marking his debut as a composer. In the beginning of his career, Ilaiyaraaja performed with his elder brother and their orchestra all over South India. This song was originally composed and sung by the Maestro and his orchestra at a marriage function even before the film was released.

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9. Padariyen Padippariyen

Padariyen Padippariyen from the movie Sindhu Bhairavi is sung by K.S. Chithra and composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Chithra won her first National Award for the song and Ilaiyaraaja won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the soundtrack of the movie.

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10. Maanguyile Poonguyile

The song was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and penned by Gangai Amaran along with the entire soundtrack of the movie Karakattakkaran. It is one of most famous songs of Ilaiyaraaja and still remains a chartbuster till this date.

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