When I started this series, I didn’t think I will be able to complete the series. As always, Ilaiyaraaja has provided me the opportunity to explore his music, identify those nuances, the ragas that he has used and crazy instrumentation. I have found new songs that I haven’t listened before. I have learnt new Raagas that I didn’t know before.
All because of this one man, who nothing but spends his life entertaining us, keeping us sane and making us sleep peacefully at night. I always say there is an Ilaiyaraaja song for every moment in our life.
Over the past one year, you would seen me posting songs specifying the raagas. Sometimes even explaining why Ilaiyaraaja might have used the raaga. It’s all because of Vid Dev, who is a trained carnatic singer and the carnatic expert for the series. You can follow her work on her YouTube channel and Medium blog.
One of the things we always talk about is trying to find the usage of Raagas in the background score of the movies. And, Ilaiyaraaja has done wonders in this area. I also want to start a series of Ilaiyaraaja BGM Score quiz specifically highlighting…
I started season III with a song from Innisai Mazhai — Oru Raaga Devadhai. As I have two special posts for the next two days, I thought I will end with one other song from the same movie.
I am quite obsessed with this album. The album is grossly underrated and has scintiilating numbers. I have posted 4 songs already from the album over the seasons (still have two more to go).
The song that I have chosen today is again a percussionist dream with…
Eerettu Padhinaru is an interesting song. You will know it when you listen to it but I was trying to find the scene that leads to this song. I was guessing that they might not have picturised the song and my guess was right.
The song starts with an amazing bass guitar and with western techno orchestration, Mano starts singing. But the first interlude suddenly shifts to a perfect carnatic composition in Sri Ranjani raga and from the second interlude the orchestration shifts to a more Hindustani tone in the same raaga. All of them without even a glitch or jarring. In one song, you get to see the different shades of a raaga in three different styles.
Song: Eerettu Padhinaru
Movie: Raaja Raajatjhan (1989)
Singers: Mano, S Janaki
Actors: Ramarajan, Gouthami
Director: E Ramadoss
Yesterday, I had said that I have already posted Punnaivana Kuyile from Muthu Kaalai. I remembered there was another song that started with the same word.
Sevvanthi was the last directorial venture of cinematographer PS Nivas (who died earlier this year) with newcomers Sandhana Pandian and Sreeja. Needless to say, the movie failed and the songs went unnoticed.
The song is backed by a tabla rhythm. The first interlude has this beautiful strings and flute intermingling. Swarnalatha joins Arunmozhi only in the fag end of the first charanam. The second charanam though has an amazing mandolin solo at the start then taken over by strings to complete the interlude.
Song: Punnaivana Poonguyile
Movie: Sevvanthi (1994)
Singers: Arunmozhi, Swarnalatha
Actors: Sandhana Pandian, Swarnalatha
Director: PS Nivas
Muthu Kaalai was made after Ponnumani’s success with Karthik and Soundarya. I have already posted a song from the movie in season 1. The song that I have chosen today is pretty interesting.
A slow folk song with a beautiful rhythm and with western classical interludes the song is a typical Ilaiyaraaja genre. The song starts with a beautiful harmony from female chorus and moves on to the rhythm with SPB singing the pallavi. Don’t miss the flute and strings in the interlude along with the guitar.
A special mention to Vaali’s lyrics.
Song: Andha Kanji Kalayatha
Movie: Muthu Kaalai (1995)
Singers: SP Balasubrahmanyam, S Janaki
Actors: Karthik, Soundarya
Director: Gokul Krishna
Andhappuram (Antahpuram) is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual movie that had Soundarya in the lead. Jagapati Babu played an important role in Telugu and that part alone was reshot in Tamil with Parthiban. The other parts were dubbed from Telugu to Tamil.
The movie had some interesting songs and the one that I have chosen today is a duet (not in the traditonal sense). The male voice is used only for humming or as an accompanying filler. There is a similar song with Asha Bhonsle in Meera. Although not credted, Ilaiyaraaja has provided the male voice. The song is mostly synth based.
Song: Azhage Un Mugam/ Asalem
Movie: Andhappuram (1998)
Singers: KS Chithra, Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Sri Vennela Sitaramasastri (Telugu)/
Actors: Soundary, Sai Kumar
Director: Krishna Vamsi
Kannukkul Nilavu is quite a popular album if you compare the other albums that I have posted here. Some of the songs like Oru Naal Oru Kanavu, Roja Poonthottam and Iravu Pagalai Theda are still played on TV.
But this little beautiful lullaby hasn’t been that popular. The song is used just as a filler for 1 minute in the movie but it was a full-fledged song on the album. A sweet lullaby sung by KS Chithra in Pazhani Bharathi’s lyrics will seep into your heart. …
I think I have yapped enough about Ponmegalai in an earlier post this season. I thought I should introduce one more beautiful song from the movie — a female duet between Sadhana Sargam and Bhavatharini.
The song is picturised on two sisters and their life. One is a bharathanatyam dancer and the other a painter. The song starts with a beautiful humming from both Sadhana and Bhavatahrini with piano in the background. The song is backed by synth beats backed by bass lines. The interludes are ensemble of strings , piano, guitar and synth. The song has beautiful lyrics that shows the love of sisterhood.
Song: Aalapanai Seiyum
Singers: Sadhana Sargam, Bhavatharini
Actors: Nithya Das, Anusha
Director: Sakthi Chithran
Vaalmiki is another movie that came and went without any trace . But it had a couple of beautiful songs that went unntoiced too. I have already posted Kooda Varuviya in Season 1.
The song that I am posting today is an uplifting duet between the lead characters. The song at the start might not not sound that special but the way Raaja layered his instrumentation will suck you into the song. The song starts with a chorus of children singing Manathil Uruthi Vendum. The prelude of the song is two different layers of guitar and strings. …