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Illayaraaja live-in-concert on Jaya TV on October 16

03-October-2005
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Illayaraaja live-in-concert on Jaya TV on October 16

Jaya TV has successfully wooed Illayaraaja – the man who has been the musical identity of the Tamil film industry for many decades now – to perform live. The maestro, who has avoided live performances for several years, will break the silence with his orchestra on October 16 at the Nehru Indoor stadium in Chennai. The show will be aired live on Jaya TV.

Murali Raaman, VP-Programmes and Operations, Jaya TV, said, “It is a great honour to organise an event with a genius of Illayaraaja’s stature, and we are really grateful that he agreed as soon as we approached him.”

Illayaraaja, 62, will be bringing together singing talent from all over India in an experiment to bring the audience closer to sound and beat with special sound effects. His all-time favourites from films will be performed and so will some of his more recent musical experiments, including Thiruvasagam and Symphony.

“I just wanted to try something very different and exciting. The show will combine a whole set of live elements that are still being put together,” the Chennai-based music composer said.

Elaborating on his decision to perform live, Illayaraaja said that he was inspired to perform live again on seeing the crowd struggling to enter the auditorium at the launch of his recent Thiruvasagam.

Jaya TV will list the top five audience favourites of the legendary music director through SMS channel 3636, and these songs will be played at the show. The promos for the show are currently on air.

Illayaraaja, who is an alumnus of London’s Trinity College of Music, said that it was ‘ridiculous’ classifying music into different streams as music everywhere was based on seven notes (Saptaswaram).

Another highlight of the evening will be the performance of a composition with only three ‘swaras’, and the composer promised more surprises at the live concert.

At the press conference to announce the event sponsored by Vishwas Gold Council, mobile phones kept ringing intermittently. The maestro didn’t mind at all as 11 of the 16 different ring tones that were heard were of his own melodies. Move over wannabes, it’s time for the czar of timeless melodies to take stage again.

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