Ilayaraja is a living legend who needs no introduction at
all. Once, in an interview, when asked to mention his masterpiece,
timingly he answered that he considers Karthik Raja,
Bhavatharini and Yuvan Shankar Raja as his masterpieces. Though
not able to reach his heights, his masterpieces, having music
in their blood, have got a special place in tamil film music and
in hearts of fans.
Only after the birth of Karthik Raja(KR), Ilayaraja
got the chance to compose music for "Annakili". So,
he has a soft corner for him. At his young age, he composed
one song in "Pandian" and it became the pick of the
album. Karthik Raja was sentimentally introduced by
Panchu Arunachalam in his film "Alexander" (Remember
Ilayaraja’s first film starts with ‘A’) But "Enakkoru magan
pirapaan" hit the screens first. It had average songs
which were not impressive. Then came Manickam which also failed
Karthik Raja proved himself in "Ullasam" in which
the songs were set in modern trend. But the film bombed
at box office.
Karthik Raja was so unlucky that all his films
including kamal’s "Kaadhalaa Kaadhalaa", "Naam
Iruvar Namakku Iruvar", "Ullam Kollai poguthe"
were failures. His Venture in Hindi, “Grahan” was also a flop.
He commented on A.R.Rahman that he is a good sound engineer and
not a good composer. This statement was vehemently criticized
and opposed by music fans. Very much like his father, he’s
strong in melodies, but when it comes to folk or western, he’s
incompetent. Due to lack of consistency, versatility, there
was a lean period in his career. Then he was signed for
Maniratnam’s "Dumm Dumm Dumm" and he promptly made use
of the golden opportunity. The songs were super hit. Currently,
he has 3 to 4 films in hand he has to go a long way to prove his
Ilayaraja’s next masterpiece, Bhavatharini made her debut as a
singer in "Raasaiya". Though criticised a lot by her
Dad, the song became a super hit. From then onwards, she
sings at least one song in every album composed by
her dad and brothers. She had also lent her voice in songs composed
by Deva & Sirpy. She has learnt classical music and has
a sweet voice, but being so innocent and child like, her voice
doesn’t suit for many heroines. Her voice suits well for
child artistes and the song "Mayil pola" from the film
"Bharathi" bagged her the national award for the year
2000. She even composed music for the film "Mitr my
friend" directed by Revathi. The songs didn’t reach the people
as they were in English.
but not the least, Yuvan Shankar Raja(YSR) proved to be a musical
prodigy when he hummed a tune for the film "Anand" when
he was getting ready for school at the age of 7years. He
made his debut as Music Director in "Aravindan".
The album had beautiful variety numbers, but Vikatan had compared
his debut to a child entering a theme park and had criticized
him as over enthusiastic. His next projects like "Kalyana
galatta", "Velai" didn’t leave any mark.
He proved that he’s a chip off the old block in "Poovellam
Kettu Paar". The songs sounded so fresh and different
and appealed to young people and children.
films like "Rishi", "Unakkaaga Ellaam Unakkaaga"
attracted many directors’ attention towards him. He took
a colossal leap in "Dheena" which was a super hit film
with beautiful songs and sparking BGM score. He proved
his versatility in "Nandhaa" and "Thulluvatho Ilamai".
Yuvan Shankar Raja differs from Karthik Raja in his open mindedness,
as he says that he likes A.R.Rahman’s music and is eager to work
with Vairamuthu. His songs have the essence of Ilayaraja’s music
and garnished with A.R.Rahman’s style of music. He should
come out of Spanish style tunes, noisy percussion masking the
lyrics and importantly should also avoid A.R.Rahman's influence
in his songs. Yuvan Shankar Raja has signed nearly 20 films and
promises to be a successful music director in the future.
Let's see how the masterpieces of Ilayaraja fair in