Maestro Ilaiyaraaja meets his fans in KL tomorrow
KUALA LUMPUR: After being delayed for two years due to COVID-19, Indian music legend recognized maestro, Ilaiyaraaja will rock the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center (MITEC) through the Ilaiyaraaja Live in Kuala Lumpur Concert tomorrow night.
Surely, local entertainment fans who had been looking forward to the 79-year-old artist’s concert before the ‘attack’ of COVID-19 were excited to cure the two-year wait.
Accompanied by 50 orchestral musicians and backing singers, the almost four-hour concert promises to be a great performance that will be witnessed by 10,000 spectators.
Ilaiyaraaja said that he was excited to meet fans in Malaysia again after his first concert was held in 2017.
He said, Malaysia has always been special and close to his heart since the beginning of his career.
“Even though this concert will be singing most of the songs you’ve heard, I’m sure those songs will never fade away.
“I often say, a song needs to be appreciated like a ‘newly blooming flower’,” he said at a press conference here, on Thursday.
Astro Ulagam is a strategic media partner for the legendary concert.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Mojo Projects Sdn Bhd, Ratna Kumar Nadarajan said, the entertainment sector is one of the industries most affected during the pandemic.
“However, we are grateful to be able to ‘perform’ again on stage with Ilaiyaraaja Live in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
Carrying a legacy of five decades in the art world, the native of Pannaipuram, Madurai is recognized as the first Asian composer to produce a symphonic score, besides setting a trend in the South Indian film industry with the advantage of injecting Western influences into songs.
To date, he has composed over 7,000 songs and provided film scores for more than 1,000 Indian films in various languages.
According to a BBC report , Ilaiyaraaja’s song Rakkamma Kayya Thattu from the film Thalapathy , popular star Rajinikanth’s play was named in fourth place as the most popular song of all time in 2003.
source – Umavathi Ramayah