01 June 2010


Excerpts from the song aritharatha poosikolla aasa from the movie avatharam (sung by Illayarja and Janaki)

ஏன் பாட்ட எடுத்து வுட்ட ஒரு சனம் எல்லாம் மெய் மறக்கும்
அது உசுரோட பொய் கலக்கும்
(If I create a song, it mesmerizes the people and gels with their soul)

How very true of all Illayaraja's songs !!

Female voice:
பாடுன்னு நண்பது எல்லாம் இங்கு பாட்டாக இருப்பது இல்ல
அது லேசான விஷயம் இல்ல
(What you think as song is not a song and it is not an easy task)

அதுக்காக தான் இசை அவதாரமா நான் பொறந்தேன்னு பூலோகம் பாரடுமே !!
(Which is why, the people of this world think that I am music incarnate)

As he approaches yet another birthday on 2nd June, Illayaraja moves one more step closer to immortality.

If you live in Chennai, Big FM (92.7) is playing his songs for the entire month. There cannot be any other way to beat the traffic, get into the groove and what not.

Since I was unable to get the video of the song, here are some gems:

With some amazing string and drum arrangement far ahead of its times. Of course, one can forget the shoddy work done with the video.

And here is one that is outright rhythmic (Just look at the drums and cymbals that create that foot tapping rhythm)


Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 10:15 AM


  1. Blogger கிருஷ்ண பிரபு posted at Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8:55:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    aritharatha posikolla aasai - you tube-l kidaikkaathathu varuththamE. It was a master peice of raja...

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