Maestro Ilayaraja has opened up and revealed the secret of his entry in Tamil films in the seventies. The temperamental genius, who rarely takes part in public events and filmy functions, was present at the audio-launch of the film ‘Thandavakonae‘ held at Prasad Labs in the city. Incidentally, the film has music by the Maestro himself.
The film stars newcomers Sanjay and Nandhini and has been directed by Subbu Sujatha. Seconds after Ilayaraja started speaking, the mike stopped functioning. Unperturbed by it, the ‘Isaignani’ continued to speak without the aid of the mike and held the audience in splits with his witty one-liners.
Recounting his early days in the industry in the seventies, Ilayaraja said “My brother Baskar used to visit several film companies seeking an opportunity for me to score music in at least one film. We then went around with our archestra and would play music to many producers and directors. Still, we weren’t lucky and got no offer at all.
“Finally, I met Panju Arunachalam and played out a tune to him by tapping on the table in front of him. The song was ‘Machanai paartheengala…’ and he immediately liked it and signed me up as the music director of ‘Annakkili’. Like he spotted my talent, I have also spotted lots of talent in Subbu which would augur well for the future,” concluded Ilayaraja.