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Ilayaraaja
38, Murugesan Street, Theagaraya Nagar
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India 600 017

Personal Information

Date of birth : 2nd June, 1943
Place of birth : Pannaipuram, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India
Father : D Ramaswamy
Mother : Chinnathayammal
Marital status : Married
Experience :

List  Harmonium player, and guitar player (classical) since childhood.

List  Between 1961 and 1968, traveled with brother and mentor Mr Pavalar Varadarajan and two more brothers, and performed 20,000 music concerts across the the length and breadth of the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Megalopolis Bombay.

List  Assistant Music Director with Mr G K Venkatesh, a prolific Music Director, and worked with several other composers.

List  Composed more than 4000 songs and background music for more than 750 Indian films.

List  First Asian to compose Symphony (Symphony No. 1) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) of London.

Education                    :

List  Learnt carnatic music (South Indian form of classical music) and western music under the tutelage of several renowned teachers.

List  Passed successfully the classical guitar (Higher Local) examination conducted by the Trinity College of Music, London, with honours and gold medal.

Awards                        :

List  Presented with the Best Film Music Composer Award, an annual award, by the Government of India in the years 1984, 1986 and 1988.

List  Presented with 'Kalaimamani Award', an annual award for excellence in the field of arts, by the Government of the State of Tamil Nadu, India.

List  Presented with the Award of Governement of the State of Andhra Pradesh, India, for excellence in music.

List  Conferred the title 'Isaignani' (wisest in the field of music) in the year 1988, at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India.

List  Conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letter (Honoris causa) in March, 1994, by the Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India.

List  Conferred the Cultural Doctorate in Philosophy of Music, in April, 1994, by the World University Round Table, Arizona, U.S.A.

List  Award of Appreciation presented in the year 1994, by the Foundation and Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.

List  Bestowed with the honorary citizenship and presented with the key to the Teanech Township, by Mr. John Abraham, Mayor of Township of Teanech, New Jersey, U.S.A., in June, 1994.

List  Presented with the Award of Governement of the State of Kerala, India, in the year 1995, for excellence in music.

List  Conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letter, in the year 1996, by the Madurai Kamarajar University, Tamil Nadu, India.

List  Presented with the Lata Mangeshkar Award For Excellence in Music, constituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh, India, for the year 1998.

Albums and
other works                :

List  Composed and conceived experimental albums like:

     List  How To Name It?

     List  Nothing But Wind

The aforementioned albums are very popular among music lovers around the world.

List  Written lyrics for many film songs and albums.

List  Composed musical score for the television docu-feature film 'India 24 hours', which was a tremendous success, and was appreciated by Director Mr. Micheal Tobiaz and the viewers around the world.

List  Composed musical score for the 'Miss World 1996 Pageantry', which was a great success, and acclaimed by the music experts and critics as a class of its own.

List  Composed the music for 'Ilayaraajavin Geethanjali', a devotional album in Tamil, an Indian language.

List  Composed music for 'Meenakshi sthothram' in the famous Indian language, sanskrit, written by Shri Adi Shankara, the great monk philosopher of South India (788 AD to 820 AD)

List  Composed music for 'Moogaambigai', a devotional album in Kannada, an Indian language.

List  Composed carnatic 'keerthanas', and 'varnams' (South Indian classical form of music) titled 'Raja Lahari'.

List  Composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the devotional album 'Raajavin Ramana Malai' conceived to commend the theology of South Indian sage and philosopher Shri Ramana Maharishi of Tiruvannamalai, a sanctified hillock in Tamil Nadu, India. The philosophical lyrics of the above album has been well received and appreciated.

List  Author of the following books :

     List  'Sangeetha Kanavugal' (My feelings and impressions during the concert tour to the Europe.)

     List  'vetta veLythanil koti kidakkuthu' (My spiritual experiences.)

     List  'vazhiththunai'

Interests                    :

List  Photography :
An avid photographer and the photo topics have been well appreciated by the top professional photographers around the world. The critics have lauded the works as classical, creative and have observed 'to carry a philosophical and spiritual touch'.