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by loshana k shagar
KUALA LUMPUR: The stage is set for the highly anticipated “The King of Kings” concert, featuring illustrious South Indian music maestro Illaiyaraaja (pic).
His children, musicians Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Bhavatharini, assured fans attending the concert in Stadium Merdeka tomorrow that their father will be present despite his recent health scare.
Illaiyaraaja, 70, was hospitalised for a mild heart attack at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India on Monday.
“The first thing my father asked me was if he could still make it for the concert.
“He’s so committed to the show. Instead of keeping us by his bedside, he made us come here to keep things going,” Karthik Raja told a press conference here yesterday.
Throughout his 40-year career, Illaiyaraaja has composed over 4,500 songs and provided scores for over 950 Indian films in various languages.
He was conferred the title “Isaignani” (maestro) in 1988, and has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates both from India and other countries.
Meanwhile, Yuvan Shankar Raja said they were awaiting the result of a last medical test before doctors can give his father the green light to travel.
“So far, the doctors have not advised against my father flying to Malaysia, although he might have to bring a medical team along with him,” he added.
The concert will be the biggest Indian music concert in Asia outside India.
Dubbed the Illaiyaraaja family show, it includes his nephews, film director Venkat Prabhu and actor Premgi Amaran.
Among the stars who have already arrived for the four-hour concert are singers Mano and Haricharan, along with actors Aravind Akash and Vaibhav Reddy.
Over 15,000 tickets have been snapped up for the mega-event, which is also attended by popular singers S.P. Bala, K.S. Chitra, Krish and Madhu Balakrishnan, actors Ramarajan, Poornima Jayaram and Ramki and acclaimed directors P. Vasu and Gautham Vasudev Menon.
Backing them up will be 70 orchestra performers from India. Collectively, the performers are expected to present about 45 songs from the legendary musician.
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