After a break, Vidyasagar, who gave us many of the evergreen chartbusters, is back.
Vidyasagar who made the youth of Tamil Nadu dancing wildly to “Appadi Podu Podu” in “Gilli”, is looking much younger than in the pictures we had seen of him earlier. “I’ve lost weight,” he flashes a broad smile from behind the harmonium!
Vidyasagar is currently scoring music for some promising projects, including Vijay’s ‘Kavalan’, Karthi’s ‘Siruthai’ and Pa Vijay starrer ‘Ilaignan’, scripted by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
The composer has just returned from London, where he has recorded five songs for ‘ Ilaignan’.
So what’s special about Ilaignan?
“Everything,” he laughs, “from the experience of making music for it to recording the songs with a 90-piece orchestra , Ilaignan will not have electronic music. I’ve used tuba, a recent addition to modern symphony orchestra and for the first time in our music, bassoon, a double reed wind instrument.”
For ‘Ilaignan’, the music composer has worked with symphony musicians in Budapest and completed the final mixing and recording in London.
It must have been a costly exercise.?
“It was! All the songs had to be recorded in a matter of three hours. The musicians are extremely organised and go by the dictum, time is money. So it was a neck and neck race against time. For a recording, say at 10, the musicians start trickling in at 9. By 9.30 they’ve had their final rehearsal and the general warming up begins. At 9.55 they take their positions and wait for the cue, and the music begins on the dot,” he explains. “I’m indebted to the producers and director Suresh Krissna for the trust they have reposed in me.”
Melody is Vidya’s forte and contributes a lot to his staying power.
“I love melodies the most. But as a professional music composer, I am committed to my listeners. I must offer what they want. But the challenge is that I’ve also got to satisfy the film going audience of today.” Says the composer who entered films with the song “En Anbe” in the film “Poomanam”. However, it was with “Jaihind” that he tasted real success. “Karna” followed soon.