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Short Biography of Ilayaraja and his copied or inspirational songs list –

Short biography of Ilayaraja and his copied or inspirational songs list –

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Name – Ilaiyaraaja [Gnanadesikan]

Birth Date - Born 2 June 1943

Place of Birth : Pannaipuram in Theni District of Tamil Nadu

Parents : Daniel Ramaswamy Vs Chinnathayee

Daughter : Bhavatharini

Sons : Karthikeyan,Yuvan Shankar

Wife : Jeeva(Own sister's Daughter)

Profession – music composer, lyricist, music director, Poet

Ilaiyaraaja is the first Asian composer to score a symphony for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
He is a gold medalist from Trinity College of Music, London, and has composed over 4500 songs and provided film scores for more than 900 Indian films
His works are mainly in Tamil and Telugu.

Ilaiyaraaja specialized in classical guitar and had done a course in it with the Trinity College of Music, London.

At the age of 14, he joined a traveling musical troupe headed by his elder stepbrother, Pavalar Varadarajan

Ilaiyaraaja worked as a session guitarist, keyboardist, and organist for film music composers and directors such as Salil Chowdhury

Ilaiyaraaja was one of the early Indian film composers to use Western classical music harmonies and string arrangements in Indian film music.

Laiyaraaja’s composition Rakkama Kaiya Thattu from the movie Thalapathi (1991) was amongst the songs listed in a BBC World Top Ten music poll.

He has worked with international bands as well as given music score for the miss world 1996, Bangalore.

He has received many awards I am just mentioning few awards.
He has received NTR National Award for the year 2004. He has received Padma Bhushan award in the year 2010.

Conferred the Cultural Doctorate in Philosophy of Music, in April, 1994, by the World University Round Table, Arizona, U.S.A.

Bestowed with the honorary citizenship and presented with the key to the Teanech Township, by Mr. John Abraham, Mayor of Township of Teanech, New Jersey, U.S.A., in June, 1994.

Following is the list of copied or inspirational songs of Ilaiyaraaja –

Movie Name - Mouna Raagam
Song Name - Theme from Mouna Raagam
Copied from original Song – Flash Dance theme

Movie Name - Murattukkaalai
Song Name - Entha poovilum vaasam
Copied from original Song – Antonio Ruiz-Pipo's 'Cancione et Danza: 2. Danza'.

Movie Name - Chinna Veedu
Song Name - Chittu kuruvi
Copied from original Song – Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in e, Op. 95: Scherzo: Molto Vivace

Movie Name - Chinna veedu
Song Name - Chittukkuruvi vetkapaduthu
Copied from original Song – Dvorak's New world symphony - 3rd movement

Movie Name - Chatriyan
Song Name - Poottukkal pottaalum
Copied from original Song – 'My favorite things' from Sound of Music

Movie Name - Thaippongal
Song Name - Kan malargalin
Copied from original Song – ABBA's Money money money

Movie Name - Priya
Song Name - Darling darling darling
Copied from original Song – Boney M's number, Sunny

Movie Name - Priya
Song Name - Akkarai seemai azhaginiley
Copied from original Song – 'Kites' by Simon Dupree

Movie Name - Kizhakku Vaasal
Song Name - Ada veetukku veetukku
Copied from original Song – Mozart's 25th symphony, 1st movement.

Movie Name - Kalyanaraman
Song Name - Kaadhal Vandhiruchu
Copied from original Song – Lady in Black' by Uriah Heep

Movie Name - Nireekshana
Song Name - Theeyani
Copied from original Song – 'My favorite things' from Sound of Music

Movie Name - Neengal Kettavai
Song Name - Kanavu kaanum
Copied from original Song – 'kasme vaade' from the movie Upkaar

Movie Name - Nallavanukku Nallavan
Song Name - Chittukku chella chittukku
Copied from original Song – The Tale Of The Kalendar Prince from Rimsky-Korsakov's 1888 work by name 'Scheherazade'.

Movie Name - Oru kaidhiyin diary
Song Name - A B C nee vaasi
Copied from original Song – George Bizet's 1897 L'Arl├ęsienne Suite Number One, 4th movement, called


Insignia June 26, 2010  

How on earth do you get these details? Mesmerized! Thanks

sm,  June 27, 2010  


RNSANE June 27, 2010  

Now how is that legal, SM? Here in the U. S., there is litigation when one's music, lyrics, etc, are plagarized, without permission. He must have changed things around a little bit, though, and, clearly, he is very accomplished, regardless...so why would he choose to use soneone else's material? To me, it seems dishonest.

sm,  June 28, 2010  

It is not legal but main difference between USA and India is that
USA is a judicial country where there is guarantee of justice.
India is a country where majority Indians whatever may happen will not go to court to get justice. One will never get justice in India.
Eg. Bhopal Gas Case. Last 25 years they are fighting, and still we Indians are busy discussing the compensation amount.
USA - BP case speed is great.

RNSANE June 29, 2010  

Well, we would like to think there is justice in the U. S. but, sadly, my friend, that isn't always the case. With our jury system, it is less likely to bribe twelve jurors. For capital cases, one must convince the jury that this crime has been committed BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. That may be hard to do.

Of course, we all know that BP is guilty for this horrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What devastation. Two months out and the oil is still flowing. And here we are with hurricane season upon us and poor Louisiana that has still not been repaired since Katrina's onslaught. The mighty U. S. has been very remiss somewhere!

sm,  June 29, 2010  


Anonymous,  October 06, 2011  

These songs aren't direct rip-offs but just a few bits of the song were copied.

Anonymous,  January 20, 2012  

This blog post gets a 2 thumbs way up from me.

Anonymous,  April 23, 2012  

Actually you can not call it a copy; when the tempo might be the same but its quite different as a composition

Anonymous,  May 06, 2012  

I can make out bit of Beethoven Symphony 14 in many of Raja songs.

Srikanth May 08, 2012  

I always liked the BGM of Mouna Ragam. Its sad to know that RAJA copied from FLASH DANCE THEME.

I heard FLASH DANCE, I cant say its "inspired" as others want to put it. Its plagarism

Anonymous,  September 18, 2012  

Dear All,
Ilayaraja is very clever that he used to COPY all the notes from old orchestras, which no one or one in a million would listen(and that too he must be a tamilian updated with tamil film knowledge).
Ilayaraja will be remembered only by the people of 80s and 90s.Yes we will be immersed in those songs, as we had NO musicians or no choice at that time or no musicians were allowed to grow (like today) at that time.Today's musicians have internet and the music reaches very fast.And so do the information about copied music.

Anonymous,  October 24, 2012  

even in the above list most of the songs have just served as inspirations to ilayaraaja's works.
he has composed 4500 songs , come on people! he is unparalleled in western and Indian classical music fusion. hmmmm "En Iniya Pon Nilave , Naan thedum chevandhi poo , uravugal thodarkathai , oru jeevan , potu vaitha oru vatta nila , poonkatru pudithaanathu , senthazham poovil aww come on i can go on all day and night so give the guy a break after all hes the best Indian musician ever born

anug May 24, 2013  

People who know about piano notations, they will laugh on your comparison between mouna raagam & Flash dance ( Don't fool on yourself)

anug May 24, 2013  

The first movement is completely western classical with lot of musical poems, but veeituku veedu is typical tamil folk , did you mean to say that symphony cello & violin notations are molded to tamil folk?.

Anonymous,  September 09, 2013  

Unfortunately..some discussion on legal lines here. That would be for plagiarism not for genuine inspiration. It would be like saying Indian tandoori chicken pizza is copied from Italian barbecue chicken. In this case, the amount of similarity is nowhere close enough. Why don't you trying running a similarity clustering algorithm instead? Someone was mentioning about millions of obscure pieces of piano notes used in his songs. It is like saying Glenn McGrath wasn't special but how come no one can emulate him? In Raaja's case, one can only dream of emulating him in remote half-forgotten dreams. This is what happens when people with half-knowledge tend to throw mud into the sun.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2014  

The song which you claim to be the original version of entha poovilum vaasam undu was released 9 years after murattu kaalai's release..

John Cyrus August 10, 2015  

Add this to your list:


Blows my mind !!

Unknown November 20, 2015  

What do u guys think about his lawsuits claiming not to play his songs on air without paying royalty ?

SM November 20, 2015  

@Radhakrishnan P
law will take its own course.

Unknown January 14, 2016  

Thanks for imparting knowledge,but to complete any taken/given projects, preparation is very important, at present if any task is given we fully depend on internet/Google etc., but imagine before 40/50 years what sources was there, if at all he took the influence of western music to give life to new music, from the depth of my heart - I appreciate his effort, because I think he wanted to give the best.Hats off to him.

Unknown June 01, 2018  

Do not cover up clean copy songs. Saying inspiration for something like Kanavu Kaanum or akkarai seemai azhaginile or saying some weird explanations for copy only says the blind loyalty and nothing close to the truth.

saying inspiration for some of the songs mentioned here is saying bribery as donation. have the courage to accept the truth when is evident on the face.

Nice compilations.