Ilaiyaraja's origin in Annakkili, rocked Madras, was
with 'Machhanai paatteengala' booming over loudspeakers all over Tamil Nadu. 'Devan
Tiruchhabai Malargale' - everyone remember the song, what a sweet song! I
remember, as kids we used to wait for Christmas or Good Friday, to watch this
song on 'Oliyum Oliyum', in Doordarshan - Chennai Tolaikaatchi Nilaiyam (Madras
TV Station) as they stopped broadcasting this song on AIR in the late 70s. 'Oru
naal unnodu oru naal' is yet another song that I can never forget from his early
It is impossible to sum up Ilaiyaraja's achievements as he has accomplished a
lot for more than three decades. Ilaiyaraja has a tremendous passion for music -
evident in his playing, his writings, composing, conducting, and experiments
with latest technology.
At his very early age, it became very clear that he possessed exceptional
musical aptitude, he worked, over 800 feature films and many album have been
released, including his masterpiece "Nothing But Wind".