Ilaiyaraaja  Indian Composer


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Ilaiyaraaja is a 77 year old Indian Composer born on 2nd June, 1943 in Pannaipuram, Theni, Madras Presidency. His zodiac sign is Gemini

Ilaiyaraaja is a member of the following lists: 1943 births, Indian Hindus and 20th-century classical composers.


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First Name Ilayaraja
Alternative Name Ilaiyaraaja, Raja, Raaja, Maestro, Isaignani, Raja Sir, Ragadevan
Age 77 years
Birthday 2nd June, 1943
Birthplace Pannaipuram, Theni, Madras Presidency
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Occupation Text Film score composer, lyricist, music director, songwriter, singer, conductor, instrumentalist and Film producer
Occupation Composer
Music Genre (Text) Film score, World music, Classical, Oratorio, Folk, Rock, jazz
Year(s) Active 1976–present
Instrument (text) Vocals, (playback singing), guitar, keyboard, harmonium, piano, Vocals(playback singing), Flute, Organ, Violin, Cello
Associated Acts Salil Choudhury, G. K. Venkatesh, M. S. Viswanathan, John Scott, Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Gnanathesikan (born 2 June 1943), known as Ilaiyaraaja, is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, orchestrator, conductor-arranger and lyricist who works in the Indian film industry, predominantly in Tamil and Telugu. He has also worked in Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Hindi films. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian music composers of all time, he is credited with introducing Western musical sensibilities in the Indian film musical mainstream. Reputed to be the world's most prolific composer, he has composed more than 7,000 songs, provided film scores for more than 1,000 movies and performed in more than 20,000 concerts. Being the first Asian to compose a full symphony, Ilaiyaraaja is known to have written the entire symphony in less than a month. Ilaiyaraaja is nicknamed "Isaignani" (musical genius) and is often referred to as "maestro", amongst others by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London.

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