Ilayaraja’s birthday: Fans celebrate with songs, maestro on silent mode

Maestro Ilayaraja is celebrating his birthday today in his house in a silent manner, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The ‘Isaignani’ would normally meet mediapersons and close associates on his birthday every year.

His fans have been celebrating his birthday on social media by recalling his evergreen songs. Recently, Ilayaraja released a song titled ‘Bharath Bhoomi’ as a tribute to COVID warriors who are fighting against the ongoing pandemic crisis.

The song has been released in both Hindi and Tamil. Legendary singer SP Balasubramaniam has voiced the Tamil version of the song while the Hindi version has Shaan (Shantanu Mukherjee) behind the mic.

Written by Raaja himself, the song sees the legendary composer reuniting with his favourite singer, SP Balasubrahmanyam who has lent his voice for the Tamil version, while the Hindi version has Shantanu Mukherjee as the singer.

The song, which is out on Ilaiyaraaja’s YouTube channel, shows the everyday plight of doctors, commoners and policemen during the pandemic, and is interspersed with visuals of Raaja at his composing table.

Ashwini Choubey tweeted: “#BharatBhoomi a great musical tribute to all #Covid19 frontline warriors by Padma Vibhushan The Maestro Ilaiyaraaja.
My Appreciations to the entire team for bringing out such a emotional song on Mother India.@PMOIndia@narendramodi @AmitShah @MoHFW_INDIA https://youtu.be/-G_OMY64-KA.”

Music is a sea and there are several hidden gems there. But there are few which shine bright. One of them is music maestro Ilaiyaraaja.When an ilaiyaraaja song is playing, the entire audience listens in rapt attention.

And this is true of not only his fans but his critics too. Such is the power of his music. This genius of a musician turns a year older today and we wish him a very happy birthday.