On a rainy afternoon, with a cool breeze caressing your face and petrichor lifting up your mood, all we need is an Ilaiyaraaja melody. For over four decades, the Maestro Ilaiyaraaja entertained us with his soulful music. His evergreen classics are the most loved albums of the audience across the globe. Ilaiyaraaja, he is the synonym of melody. Recognizing his allegiance towards Indian cinema, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards. Ilaiyaraaja is celebrating his 78th birthday today.
For today’s Wayback Wednesday, we chanced upon Ilaiyaraaja’s adorable video with grand daughter Ziya Yuvan. The video shows Ilaiyaraaja playing happy birthday tune on piano with Ziya on her birthday. Ilaiyaraaja holds the cute little hands of Ziya and plays the keys while Ziya is awestruck hearing the music. Yuvan Shankar Raja took to Instagram and shared this sweet video on the special occasion of his father Ilaiyaraaja’s birthday. He wrote “Happy birthday daddy❤️❤️❤️ #throwback #maamanithan(sic.)”
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Ilaiyaraaja scored music for over 1000 films and 7000 songs in four decades of his musical journey. His popular hits include Guna(1991,) Anjali(1990,) Bobbili Raja(1990,) Killer(1992) and Aditya 369(1991.) Ilaiyaraaja’s son Yuvan Shankar Raja is blessed with musical talent as well and delivered popular hits like Govindudu Andarivadele(2014) and Super Deluxe(2019.)