For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

    “I don't think about awards”- Ilayaraja

    By By: Settu Shankar

    Legendary composer Ilayaraja, who bagged the National Award for the best background score for Mammootty starring film Pazhassi Raja, requested the media not to call the keyboard players as music composers.

    When asked whether he expected the award, he said: "I don't think about awards and such diversions. I think only about music."

    Starring Mammootty, the film revolves around King Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, who revolted against the erstwhile British East India Company when they imposed high revenue policies upon the people of Kottayam kingdom.

    Ilayaraja also thanked director Hariharan and Executive Producer Pravin for their support during the making of the film. "I composed the score in 15 days and sent it to Budapest...We recorded it with a symphony orchestra," he told reporters after the 57th National Film Awards were announced.

    Speaking about the art of composing music, he said: "Mere keyboard playing is not composing music. When I did this background score for Pazhassi Raja, I envisioned each shot, the story and how it was going to be executed on screen and felt the music and situation. That is composing. When you create something, the feelings of the director should get translated into music. This has happened in this film. And my request is, don't call keyboard players as music composers. Composing is different. Today's music is completely out of its shape and originality. The present generation almost changed the film music to shabby look."

    Get Instant News Updates
    Notification Settings X
    Time Settings
    Clear Notification X
    Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
    Settings X
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Filmibeat sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Filmibeat website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more