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Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 10:14:26 AM

A rare musical treat for Illayaraja fans

See you there: Shahul (right) and Myevents International head of international sales and marketing Athi Raman Pillai with a poster of the concert.

See you there: Shahul (right) and Myevents International head of international sales and marketing Athi Raman Pillai with a poster of the concert.

FANS of composer Illayaraja will be treated to a musical feast during the “King of Kings’’ live concert at Stadium Merdeka this Saturday.

Illayaraja is regarded as one of the finest music composers in India and is popularly known as Isaignani (Savant of Music).

Fans will be able to witness how the maestro sings and conducts his orchestra while popular playback singers, including S.P. Bala, Mano, K.S. Chitra, Venkat Prabhu and Haricharan perform on stage.

Other singers who will be performing are Madhu Balakrishnan, Pop Shalini, Ramiya, Krish, Prengi Amaren and Rita.

Illayaraja’s sons, Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja, and daughter Bhavatharani, who are composers and singers, will accompany their father at the concert.

Illayaraja, who is also a popular lyricist, has won numerous state, national and international awards and recognition throughout his more than 30-year career. Among his many achievements is being the first Asian to compose a full symphony performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London’s Waithamstow Town Hall.

He has also won four Indian National Film Awards for Best Music Direction and is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award from the Indian government. In 2005, he received the Gold Remi Award for Best Music Score jointly with film composer M.S. Viswanathan at the Worldfest-Houston Film Festival for the film Viswa Thulasi.

It was reported that people from 153 countries voted his composition Rakama Kaya Thathu from the film Thalapathi fourth in a poll on the world’s top 10 songs of all time.

Illayaraja was also conferred the title Isaignani in 1988 by former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi.

He has composed 4,500 songs and provided film scores for more than 950 Indian films in various languages and continues to be one of the top music composers in South India

“This will be the first time we have the chance to watch Illayaraja with his orchestra of 90 musicians performing.

“It will be a unique experience and the maestro will be playing his new and old numbers,’’ said Shahul Hameed Dawood, who is the organising chairman and group CEO of Myevents International.

Illayaraja, who first rose to stardom as a music composer with the Tamil movie Annakili in mid 1970s, has limited his performances outside India in recent years.

“Illayaraja is a musical genius and has proven himself since the mid-1970s

“There is hardly any Tamil music fan who is not a follower of Illayaraja and he has fans from three different generations,’’ he said.

Shahul added the organisers had put together a great show which would last four hours.

“A total of 48 songs will be performed.’’

Besides online sales, Shahul said tickets will also be sold at the main entrance of Stadium Merdeka between 9am and 6pm daily from now. The show will start at 7.40pm on Dec 28 and tickets are priced between RM70 and RM450. For details, go to www.kingofkingskl.com or call 03-2035 5777.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Community, Central Region, ILLAYARAJA


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