Ilayaraja 75: Ilayaraja turns emotional as AR Rahman plays piano
It was an emotional evening for the music maestro, Isaignani Ilayaraja at the most expected and ever grandest musical event of “Ilayaraaja 75” hosted by Tamil Film Producers Council at YMCA Stadium in Chennai on February 4, when the wizard turned 75. AR Rahman, who came up as a Special Guest lavished praise on the maestro and his mentor, Ilayaraja. “Working with him is like a school experience. It is like taking a walk into the room of a headmaster. Ilayaraja’s life itself has been an inspiration to me.”
Stating that there are lots of myths that spun around the music composers that they all indulge in bad habits, AR Rahman went on to add that Ilayaraja was the music director who broke all those myths. “More than all, a legend will not so easily appreciate others, but it was an unforgettable moment in my life to have him express his congratulatory notes during the time of my Oscars,” an emotional AR Rahman said.
Later, Ilayaraja, pointing to AR Rahman, said: “Do ou know when you (AR Rahman) came to join me?”
AR Rahman said, “Moondraam Pirai.”
“Do you remember the first tune that you programmed for me?” Ilayaraja asked AR Rahman.
Pat came the reply from AR Rahman in the form of music, when he instantly played the tune on his mobile keyboard instrumental App of “Punnagai Mannan” theme music.
The next instant, a keyboard was brought there and the entire crowd went gaga over the Academy Award winning AR Rahman plaing the theme music completely. The super excited Tamil actor Kasthuri asked both the legends, wonder if Isaignani rendered the song and Isaipuyal played the keyboard, Ilayaraja rendered the song,”Mandram Vandha Thendralukku” from the popular Tamil cinema, Mouna Ragam to the deft fingers of AR Rahman playing the legendary composition of the former sending the crowd into delirium.
Visibly fascinated with the ease AR Rahman was playing the piano, the genius in Ilayaraja came out in the open, when he pointed out AR Rahman playing an unwanted note, much to the already existing electrifying atmosphere, while the Isai Puyal just gave a childish laughter as the crowd cheered the legends continuously.
Ilayaraja was very emotional and was literally on tears enjoying each moment with immense joy. The evening became emotionally charging for all those who had gathered there giving them an unforgettable moment to the entire music industry for ages to come.
Eminent personalities from the Tamil cinema and music industry graced the occasion with their presence. The evening began with the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit lighting the traditional lamp in the presence of veteran film director, SP Muthuraman, TFPC President Vishal, General Secretaries, Kathires and SS Durairaj; Treasurer, SR Prabhu, Tamil film director, P Bhagyaraj, his wife and actor, Poornima Bhagyaraj and others.
While speaking on the occasion, Purohit said, “I am elated to be a part of such a great occasion like Ilaiyaraaja 75. His journey in the world of music remains magical. Despites many challenges, he managed to stand tall with his ambitious passion. It’s unbelievably surprising to see him having composed 7000 songs with 1000 movies and performed more than 20,000 concerts. The honours he has won across the world and India is literally amazing. Honoring is the way of nature and Tamil Film Producers Council has done a great job of felicitating an musical icon like Padma Vibhushan Ilayaraja. Such honours and events will definitely inspire many for more years to come.”
Vishal said, “All countries will have Rajas (Kings), but when it comes to universal music, it’s only one Raja (King) and he is Ilayaraja sir. If not for him, the long drives would have not been possible for anyone. Many drivers might forget to fill their petrol tanks, but not without Ilayaraja sir songs. There are two ways, by which one can create histories. One by achieving something and others by offending and criticising them and it has been nicely pre-written in our ancient Tamil movie ‘Thiruvilaiyaadal’. In all likelihood, we have experienced the same with Ilaiyaraaja 75. Ilayaraja needs a huge and very big honour as he isn’t just limited to Tamil Nadu, but he is the Gem of Indian industry. We dreamt of making this occasion as a visual treat and we are sure audiences will enjoy it. The musical feast of Ilayaraja with Budapest Orchestra is going to be an unforgettable experience for everyone. We are so much privileged to have Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit being a part of this occasion and we thank him for being such a huge inspiration to millions of youngsters.” Media Coverage: CK Ajay Kumar, PRO, Friday Media, Chennai.