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Ilaiyaraaja
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Born : June 02, 1943, First Movie : Annakkili(Tamil), Recent Release : Kathalo Rajakumari, Coming Movie(s) : Idem Pellam Baboi, Sabash Naidu,

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Birth name :   Gnanadesikan

Also known as  :  Ilaiyaraaja, Raja

Born  :   2 June 1943 (age 71)

Birth Place  :   Pannaipuram, Theni, Madras Presidency

Genres   :   Film score, World music

Occupation(s)  :   Film score composer, lyricist, music director, songwriter, singer, conductor, instrumentalist and Film producer

Instruments  :   Vocals, (playback singing), guitar, keyboard, harmonium, piano

Years active  :   1976–present

Ilaiyaraaja (born Gnanadesikan on 2 June 1943) is an Indian film composer, singer, and lyricist, mainly in Tamil film Industry and other Indian film industries like Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and Marathi. He is regarded as one of the finest music composers in India. He made his debut with the movie annakkil in 1976 as a music director.

Ilaiyaraaja was born as Gnanadesikan in Pannaipuram, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India, but when he joined the school his father changed his name as "Rajaiya" but his village people used to call him as "Raasayya". Ilaiyaraaja joined Dhanraj Master as a student to learn musical instruments and the master renamed and called him as just "Raaja". In his first movie Annakili, Tamil film producer Panchu Arunachalam added "Ilaiya" (Ilaiya means younger in Tamil language) as prefix in his name Raaja and he named as "Ilaiyaraaja" because in 1970's there was one more music director A. M. Rajah who was a popular one.

Ilaiyaraaja is married to Jeeva and the couple have three children—Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Bhavatharini—all film composers and singers. His wife Jeeva died on 31 October 2011. Ilaiyaraaja has a brother Gangai Amaran, who is also a music director and lyricist in Tamil film industry. He has two sisters Kamalammal and Padmavathi. Padmavathi is the writer of the book Life Of Music(about his life story).

Ilaiyaraaja's music is characterised by the use of an orchestration technique that is a synthesis of Western and Indian instruments and musical modes. He uses electronic music technology that integrates synthesizers, electric guitars and keyboards, drum machines, rhythm boxes and MIDI with large orchestras that feature traditional instruments such as the veena, venu, nadaswaram, dholak, mridangam and tabla as well as Western lead instruments such as saxophones and flutes.

Filmography:

Amma koduku                                                 

Rudraveena   

Rudra Netra                                                   

Pelli pustakam 

Sruthilayalu 

Gang_leader  

Priyatama 

Varasudochadu 

Ninu Choodaka Nenudalenu

Detective Narada

Subha Samkalpam

Lankeswarudu 

Stuvartupuram Policestation  

Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Recording Dance Troop  

Killer   

Aa Okkati_Adagaku  

April 1st Vidudala 

Aditya 369

Allari Police

Ashoka Chakravarthy 

Aswamedham

Anveshana 

Athma banduvu 

Anthapuram 

Aakali Rajyam 

Akhari Portatam  

Aalapana

Anjali  

Amavasya Chandrudu 

Aaradhana  

Sankarabharanam 

Shiva 

Swathi Mutyam 

Swarna Kamalam 

Surya IPS 

Shiva 2006 

Swatikiranam  

Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam  

Sruthilayalu  

Sitara  

Sagara Sangamam  

Siri Siri Muvva  

Satruvu  

Preminchidi_Endukamma  

Peddarikam

Priyatama  

Pallavi Anupallavi  

Prema 

Preminchu Pelladu  

Chanti  

Chaitanya   

Coolie No.1   

Challenge

Chamanthi 

Chinna Rayudu 

Thoorpu Sindhooram

Tik Tik Tik 

RajKumar

Raakshashudu  

Kurradu Baboi 

Kondaveeti Donga  

Kokila 

Kooli no 1  

Vayasu Pilichindi  

Gang leader 

Gayam 

Mahanadi 

Mutyamanta Muddu

Nayakudu   

Indrudu_Chandrudu  

Jagadeka Verudu AtiLoka Sundari  

Manchu Pallaki  

Maharshi  

Hrudayam

Geetanjali 

Mouna raagam

Guna  

Dalapathi 

Maranamrudangam   

Vasantha kokila  

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