Here is a big treat for Ilayaraja fans in the United States. The maestro will perform live at five cities across the US in September. The five cities are the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Atlanta, New Jersey and Washington DC.
According to sources, the Isaignani’s programmes will be a part of an event to be organised by Kalalaya USA, which was founded in 1992 with a mission of promoting Indian arts and culture in California.
During the US tour, Ilayaraja will be honoured for achieving the rare feat of scoring music for 1000 movies. “In fact, this is the very idea behind organising the tour,” sources added.
Regarded as one of the finest music composers in India, Ilayaraja is also an instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and songwriter. He has composed more than 8000 songs and provided film scores for more than 1000 films.
He has won five Indian National Film Awards (the highest film honor in India); three for Best Music Direction and two for Best Background Score. In 2010 he has received Padma Bhushan, awarded by the Government of India.
Popular world cinema portal Taste of Cinema placed Ilaiyaraja at the 9th position in its list of 25 greatest film composers in the cinema history. In a poll conducted by CNN-IBN celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema in 2013, Ilaiyaraaja was voted as the greatest music composer of India with a maximum of 49 per cent.