Have u listened to the song "Pattu Kannam" from the movie Kakki Sattai that was released in 1985 ? If not head over here and do so right away. If you do that, you would understand why everyone who listens to tamil film music, why, any form of tamil music in general, thinks that there can be only one Illayaraja. The songs starts off with a beautiful humming, picks up to a stunning tempo of violins and a few others instruments for the pallavi, slows down in the charanams opening and as the charanams come to an end, some amazing violin pieces, and then again picks up for another waltz!!. And to imagine this was done in 1985 and still feels so very fresh 21 years after it was done. If he is not the King, who else can be ?
PS: Check out SPB's dolby effects (the extra laugh!) at the end of the first para. Amazing stuff.
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 12:09 AM