Maestro laments shrinking number of quality music composers


Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, the Guinness record-breaking music director who has done India and Tamil Nadu proud by composing music for more than 1000 films in an illustrious career spanning more than four decades, has lamented the shrinking number of quality music composers.

Speaking live via Facebook yesterday, Ilaiyaraaja said “I have been composing music for more than 40 years now; it’s all over. I don’t think recording sessions involving large number of musicians and playback singers would be a reality in the days to come. This (golden) phase appears to have come to a tragic end.

“It’s something for us to ponder about; everything is being done in a mechanical manner, including music by musicians and songs sung by playback singers. There won’t be memorable songs anymore as care is not given to composing music properly. Music is akin go Godliness; there are plenty of ragas, compositions, instruments, etc. which need to be tapped in right measure.

“It is as if those who go to the holy Hills of Tirupathi to get their head tonsured are taking off their eyebrows too: there is nothing called ‘music’ in existence in films anymore,” Ilaiyaraaja said.


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