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Happy Birthday Ilaiyaraaja: When the genius composer spoke about picking old tunes for new songs

Music legend Ilaiyaraaja is celebrating his 78th birthday on Wednesday. In a embellished profession spanning greater than 4 many years, Ilaiyaraaja had composed quite a few songs. And you’d have learn quite a few articles analyzing and dissecting his music notes. Nonetheless, do you know Ilaiyaraaja was a postmodernist? He believes that nothing is new in artwork, which is the bedrock of a creative system of thought often called postmodernism.

Ilaiyaraaja has churned out hundreds of songs and the very last thing you’d ever think about is he lifts from the songs of different composers. A few years in the past, whereas performing one of many reside reveals, late singing legend SP Balasubrahmanyam requested Ilaiyaraaja to share his expertise of filmmakers giving him reference of previous songs and asking him to ship related tunes. “It’ll occur within the profession of each music composer,” Ilaiyaraaja stated.

He additional defined, “Kamal Haasan, whereas making Apoorva Sagodharargal, gave me a state of affairs and I composed a tune for that. However, he was not happy with it. He advised me that the tune is sweet nevertheless it was not what he was anticipating. And he then gave me an instance of an previous tune. And based mostly on that I composed the tune referred to as Puthu Maappillaikku. I went forward and recorded the tune even earlier than exhibiting it to Kamal. And when he heard it, he appreciated the tune.”

Apoorva Sagodharargal got here out in 1989, starring Kamal Haasan in a double function. And Puthu Maappillaikku tune pops up within the movie when Kamal’s dwarf character falls in love with a lady. “I altered little or no of the unique tune. However, no one might discover out. Composing music is similar to the job of a magician,” he stated.

Ilaiyaraaja stated that like magicians, at occasions, even musicians ought to pull a pigeon out of a mango. “Everyone knows that people can’t create a pigeon. However, not less than for that one second, we fall for that trick. Likewise, I consider that even music is a form of deception. And those that managed to deceive quite a bit turned widespread on this nation. And I’m no exception to it, together with Balasubrahmanyam. As a result of he composes songs and he’s additionally influenced by many composers,” he added.

Ilaiyaraaja had revealed that Kamal Haasan cited the instance of Naan Paarthathilae from MGR’s 1966 movie Anbe Vaa whereas explaining his expectations for a musical sequence in Apoorva Sagodharargal. The enduring romantic tune, Naan Paarthathilae, was scored by legendary composer M. S. Viswanathan.

Thoughts it, Ilaiyaraaja didn’t take tunes of MSV and reused them as it’s. He took the bits and items from the tune that impressed him and common it into one thing new and extraordinary by including dollops of his ingenuity, individuality and creativity. He had an inspiration, and he labored on it to the extent that it turned his personal. And that’s the line that separates inspiration from plagiarism, a genius from a copycat.

One can’t assist however marvel what are the opposite traditional songs of Ilaiyaraaja, which had been impressed by works of different composers.

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