Ilaiyaraaja

Neethane En Ponvasantham – Music

Neethane En Ponvasantham – Music

In my review of Thiruvaasagam in Symphonic Oratorio, Ilaiyaraaja’s orchestral, oratorio-based rendition of the Tamil classic text Thiruvaasagam, I had ended it with ‘Welcome back Raaja.’ On the day the music of Neethane En Ponvasantham (NPV) was released, the social media was replete with adulations that ‘Raaja is back’. It is clear enough that we […]

Greatest Tamil Films 2. Mudhal Mariyadhai

Greatest Tamil Films 2. Mudhal Mariyadhai

‘No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.’ – Ingmar Bergman   Imagine the scene where Malaichami (Sivaji Ganesan) helps Kuyilu (Radha) to catch fish using his veshti (dhoti). Or when he adoringly invites a house sparrow to […]

Thiruvasagam in Symphonic Oratorio

Thiruvasagam in Symphonic Oratorio, Composer and Orchestrator: Ilaiyaraaja, Conductor: Laszlo Kovacs, Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Publisher: Tamil Maiyam   For an Indian, Ilaiyaraja does not require any introduction. Non-Indians, please visit his site to learn more. Thiruvasagam is a collection of classical hyms in Tamil written by a twelth century Saint called Manickavasagar. The album […]