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Episode 79: Ilaiyaraaja : A Musical Movement (4)


With the macro context set in the first three episodes of the series we shift focus into musical details – specifically Raaja’s use of folk music. This episode focuses on Raaja’s use of folk rhythms, the forms he employs, and touches briefly upon what Carnatic music provides to a composer like him.

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Topics covered:

The need for analysis beyond personal aesthetic preferences

Folk rhythms and their use in everyday life vs. in celebration

Formalized folk elements and their impact in Raaja’s compositions

Santham and the use / placement of lyrics

The personality of a Carnatic Raga and what it provides a composer




Bala Chidambaram

Speech Clippings

Music academy speech

Sundari kannal oru sethi (3:50)

Gundello Godari clip

ARR Oscar Felicitation Speech

Musical References:

Chiththirai Sevvaanam

Nethiyila Pottu vai

Vanthathe kungumam

Etham ayya etham

Poovil vaNdu

kizhakkala suvathu pakkam

Aayiram thamarai mottukale

Naanoru sinthu

Aila Re (for Yelae Nee Yettipo)

Ending clip from Naatupurappaattu


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