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Ilayaraaja is one of the biggest and most talented music composer in India. Wikimedia Common
  • Ilaiyaraaja is an Indian film songs composer who works in the South Indian industry, predominantly in Tamil since the mid-1970s.
  • His list of awards includes prestigious National Award for Best Music Direction and Padma Bhushan.
  • However, Ilayaraaja has proved his mettle in songs of other languages too, which are equally loved.

Ilayaraaja is a legendary musician and there is no doubt about it. His talent can’t be measured easily. He has composed over 5000 songs and still continues to create melodies which delight our ears.

Ilayaraaja is known for his Tamil songs, however, his talent is not just limited to Tamil. There are many more songs he has composed, and here is the list of 8 of his non-Tamil songs which you must give a listen:


Santoshakke, Haadu Santoshakke….

The film Geetha (1981) starring Shankar Nag was a musical where Ilayaraaja composed melodies and rock. Santoshakke Haadu Santoshakke is one such hit Ilayaraaja creation with crazy and psychedelic disco beats.

Aye Zindagi Gale Lagale

The film Sadma was critically acclaimed not just for the performances and stories, but also for the compositions of Ilayaaraja which made audience fell in love with this particular song. This song has been recreated again and again throughout time, however, the original still remains one of our favourites.

Cheeni Kum

Balki who called this story of his “Less Sugar”, was still sweetened by this background score by the master Ilayaraaja. This song is especially heart-warming and a delight to our ears.

Laali Laali

this Telugu movie which showed us an autistic man’s tender love for his wife was depicted beautifully by Ilayaraaja’s music in Swati Muthyam in the year 1986. The song can be called beautiful beyond words.

Cheppalani Vundi

This film was an elegant story of father and son battling each other’s ideologies. The lesson of the film is clear, negative attitude won’t lead you anywhere in life. The whole concept and theme are aided beautifully by this Ilayaraaja song.

Thumbi Vaa Thumbakudathin

Olangal in 1982 had a huge advantage to have this composition for itself. the song became more popular than the movie and even also aided its box office collection. The director of this movie liked the song so much he used it twice later in his other movies too. This definitely talks about the staying power of Ilayaraaja’s songs, even non-Tamil ones.

Aalolam Peelikavadi

It is one of the best compositions of Ilayaraaja. Ilayaraaja used raga to compose Alolam Peelikavadi in the movie Alolam (1982) and it became a huge hit. This song is definitely a delight to our ears even if we can’t understand the lyrics.


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