Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Ilayaraja & Thiruvasakam Controversy
Everyone is writing about Ilayaja's Thiruvasagam on net. People like Gnani, Charu are publishing rubbish arguements. So I am writing some of my views.
1. Argument: Ilayaraja said in outlook magazine..."BobMarlin ( Buffalo Soldier Fame ), Bob Dylan, Pavalar Varadharajan are Kuppaikal!".
My words: He is a great musician but not a great thinker. Sometimes he speaks too much.... forgive him!
2. Argument: He composed his own music and then he has choosen lines from Thiruvaasakam".
My words: What is the difficulty in accepting this. Music is his own. He can not change the lines of Thiruvasakam if it is not coming well with music! Is it a crime?! Sample of ignorance! More will be exposed in coming points.
3.Argument: It is not Symphony but Oratorio!!
My words: They rightly said it. It is an Oratorio Composing plyaed by a symphony archestra!! But Gnani ( a Muttal in Music?) argued that "Even Veeramani and Iyappan songs can be called as an Oratorio"!! Now let us see what is the form Oratorio...
An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus. It differs from an opera in that it does not have scenery, costumes, or acting. Oratorios usually contain:
a. An overture (French ouverture, meaning opening, in music, the instrumental introduction to a dramatic, choral, or, occasionally, instrumental composition.)
b. Various arias [(Italian for air; plural: arie or arias in common usage) in music was originally any expressive melody, usually, but not always, performed by a singer. It is now used almost exclusively to describe a self contained piece for one voice usually with orchestral accompaniment., sung by the vocal soloists ]
c. Ensemble singing
d. Recitative, usually employed to advance the plot
e. Choruses, often monumental and meant to convey a sense of glory. Frequently the instruments for oratorio choruses include timpani and trumpets.
Do you think that Iyaapa Songs or LR Eeswari songs has got the above features so that they can be called as Oratorio?!! Foolishness at its peak... arguments just to get cheap Publicity. Why Charu put Gnanis work.. again to get cheap publicity... but you poor ignorant guys are exposing your own ignorance easily.
4.Argument: He called it as crossover... but people like MP Srinivasan has done this already
My words: Ilayaraja never said that no one has ever done a cross over! Irrelevent issue here.
5.Argument: To do this he dont need an Orchestra from Hungary.. our chennai cine musicians can do it.
My words: I dont think that our cine people can do it... but Ilayaraja has choosen the best! See more details about them below. The Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio and Television also known world-wide as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1943 by Ernst von Dohnányi. During the 57 years of its existence the orchestra has proved itself being one of the most reputed ensembles of the world, highly valued by innumerable reviews of the critics of the greatest newspapers (ie.e. Daily Telegraph, New York Times etc.) and the public throughout the world. The principal conductors of the orchestra: Ernst von Dohnányi (1943), János Ferencsik (1945), Tibor Polgár (1945), László Somogyi (1951), György Lehel (1956). András Ligeti (1989). Since 1993 the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra is Tamás Vásáry, the world-famous conductor and pianist. The list of first-class conductors performing with the orchestra is an endless one, containing names like Otto Klemperer, Carlo Zecchi, István Kertész, Aldo Ceccato, Peter Eötvös, Claudio Abbado, Lamberto Gardelli, Antal Doráti, Sir George Solti, Sir John Barbirolli, Leopold Stokowski and others. I dont know why gnani has shown his vayitherichal?? Mudiyiruppaval Kondai Podivaal!! Our Tamil cinema directors are going to an irreleven location in Europe for simple song number... but when Ilayaraja has choosen a right place these dogs are parking loudly!! What is the result... Chennai online writes... Another global celebrity who has singled out Ilayaraja's work is Oscar award winner, Stephen Schwartz, America's most celebrated opera play writer, who has written a letter to Fr Jaspar about 'Thiruvaasagam in Symphony': "Last night, at Sony studios in New York City, I had the pleasure of hearing the almost finished mix of Ilayaraaja's amazing work. It is unlike anything I've ever heard before, a stunning blend of Indian and western music and instruments. I asked Mr Raja if this was something different for him too, and he said he had never done anything like this piece before. I don't know if anyone has. So I believe those of you looking forward to this are in for a great treat"
6.Argument:Ar.Rehman has put his guitarists/musicians name in the cover but Ilyaraja never put AR.Rehman ( then Dilip) when he sequenced Punnagai Mannan Theme Song"
My words: In those days a troup of MSV or Ilayaraja some time used more than 10 violins etc. Their troups are big. But A.R.Rehman uses synthesisers extensively. So he can give the name of his Bassist and percussionist and Flautist name. Any common people can understand that. It is not a crime!! Now A.R.Rehman says very elative words about Raja... ( After Roja's success.. he once said that he never listened to Ilayaraja!!"). Egoism is part of creative artists! Not a big issue!
7.Argument: Ilayaraja has lost his place
My words: He never looses HIS place. His fort is melody and he is still a Raja there. He is still people like Kamal Hasan, Fazil, Thangar Patchan, Bala are backing him up in their stuuffed movies. He is the numero uno in rerecording! Only the movies that suited to him are rare!n His hit list includes 1999 - Friends , Anthapuram ( Telugu ) - National Award Winner, 2000 - Bharathi , Kannukul Nilavu , Kochu Kochu Santoshangal ( Malayalam ), Hey Ram, 2001 - Azhagi , Kasi, Pithamagan etc.. No doubt.. a lot of talents now. But he is not outdated.
8.Argument: He could have spent his own money
My words: Expect Charu printing and distributes his Zero Degree Novel for free ( by saving his Tasmac Bill!!) ... and Manirathnam is planing to spend his earning to make his next movie for free to all since they have earned a lot all these years!
Bharathi said,"Sendriduveer ettu thickum Kalai Selvangal Yaavum Konarnthingu Saerpeer!" Ilayarajaa went to the west and brought back some new things to us. Kalai Selvangal like Oratorio.
Listen to Suriyan FM or anyother Tamil Radios: People are asking for Nizhalkal and Mounaragam, Priya... every week in the evening times. How many people are asking Chinna Chinna Asai ! Ilayaraja's music has life! Not a fading star like a comet... he is a Dhuruva Natchatram.
Theiveega Raagam... thevitatha Paadal... Kaetaale Pothum... still ringing in my ears. Thanks Mr Raja.. for giving as some of the soul arresting moments through your music. Raja..we want your music not your money!!
These Konal Writers should keep their (foul) mouth shut for some more time!!