What is the first picture you take with your new camera? A picture of God or your parents, children, girlfriend, wife or of self. If you got a new mp3 player you would always like it play your favorite song.
Recently I bought Sennheiser HD485. First song I heard was that of Ilayaraja, the maestro. There was always a debate among my friends, who is a better Music Director, Ilayaraja or A.R. Rahman. They routed for Rahman while I stuck with Ilayaraja. They would argue that Rahman used different Instruments, produced some great songs, harnessed the singing talent available across the country(which I agree). Ilayaraja’s music does not appear that rich but It has something which takes you inside it and you are immersed in it. When I listen to Ilayaraja’s song, it is like my whole body is being played as the instrument and it sings along. You feel the mood of the song even if you don’t understand the lyrics. His songs are like the natural flow of the river. The tunes(stream) flow that way for that particular mood(terrain) . The music rains as the first showers of the monsoon and you can,t resist getting drenched unless you have taken an oath of celibacy.
Of course I like the songs of Rahman. He has won Oscar for India and created some great tunes. He has given life and audience to many young and budding singers. He has been entertaining the country for many years and will for many years to come.
What difference do I feel between the music of Ilayaraja and Rahman?
Both their songs high frequency variations, Rahman’s music wakes you up from the sleep and takes you on a wavy ride showing you the terrain of sound beautifully landscaped by the variety of musical instruments, you have never heard. He makes you stand there in awe and wonder with unique instrumentation. You can’t believe yourselves. You can’t resist standing up and be part of the wide applause all round. “It’s great, wonderful…”
Ilayaraja’s songs resonate with me more, I feel as if my body is being played, it is tickled, touched, drummed. It carries you though the holes of the flute, tossed on the drums, binds you with the vibrating strings. You are still lost long after the song is over.
You flow in the mood of the song unlike many other songs. Other songs make you believe that the actor is feeling broken after his love has ditched him by the content of the lyrics or the tone of the singer.
Did you ever try to flow in the music of Ilayaraja? you need not know how to swim (even I do not).
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