Ilayaraaja Performs For The First Time In Houston


New Delhi: Music maestro Ilayaraaja has enthralled music lovers in Houston with his first ever concert "Raaja-The One Man".

The musician, 74, who performed with an 85-member symphony orchestra from Hungary and noted musicians from India, had a packed house with over 4000 people in the audience.

"I am very grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to entertain fans for the first time in Houston, I will be singing songs of the '70s to the current ones," he said at the beginning of the concert.

"I am the only composer in the world to have composed a song only in the ascending notes," he added.

Ilaiyaraaja, a critically acclaimed Indian film composer, singer, and lyricist and the first Asian Composer to score a Symphony, is credited with setting a trend for film music in South India by fusing western musical nuances into songs.

Apart from Tamil, he has also worked in Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films as a music director.

Raja was accompanied by noted south Indian singers K S Chitra, Mano, Haricharan, Rahul Nambiar, Sharath, Santosh and other Bollywood singers and mesmerizing members of Budapest symphony orchestra.

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