Ilayaraja is one musician who will remain evergreen! Born as Gnanadesikan in Pannaiyapuram in Theni District on June 3rd, 1943, Ilayaraja literally stormed into the film industry with Anna Kili in 1976. He set a new trend which ensured that he ruled the roost for years to come.
The latest news that the Gautham Menon directed Neethane En Ponvasantham, for which Ilayaraja has scored music, fetched a huge price for the audio rights alone bears testimony to the fact that he and his music remains evergreen.
He has over 4500 music compositions to his credit out of which over 950 are for films in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi.
Known affectionately as the Maestro, Ilayaraja proved that he is class apart with his non-cinematic compositions Guru Ramana Geetam (2004), Tiruvachakam: A crossover (2005) and The Music Messiah (2006).
Ilayaraja is the proud recipient of the civil honour – the Padma Bhushan in the year 2010. The Tamil Nadu Government honoured him with the Kalaimamani award in 1988.
He won the prestigious National Award four times for – Saagara Sangamam (Telugu), Sindhu Bhairavi, (Tamil) Rudra Veena (Telugu) and Pazhassi Raja (Malayalam).
Apart from this, Ilayaraja has also won several state, national and international awards.