Ilaiyaraaja discography

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Ilayaraaja is a composer, conductor, singer, lyricist, producer who has composed for more than 1000 films in Indian cinema and is widely rated as one of the greatest composers Indian Film Music has ever seen.[1]
A Graphical Representation of Ilaiyaraaja's Discography Over the Years with Colours to Represent Languages, Done Through Web-Scraping Using Python.

Decade-wise Statistics

A Graphical Representation of the Decadal Split of a Fairly Accurate Picture of the Number of Films Ilaiyaraaja has worked on vs the Languages He has Worked in.
Ilaiyaraaja 1970s Ilaiyaraaja 1980s Ilaiyaraaja 1990s Ilaiyaraaja 2000s Ilaiyaraaja 2010s

Upcoming projects

The below list gives the upcoming/announced films composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

Year Language Film Director Dubbed/Notes Status
2018 Tamil Kadavul 2 Velu Prabhakaran Announced [2]
2018 Tamil Maamanithan Seenu Ramasamy Announced [3]
2018 Tamil Ammayi G.Shankar Vinay Rai, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Announced
2018 Hindi Tadka Prakash Raj Filming
2018 Telugu Sabaash Naidu Kamal Hassan Trilingual - Kamal Hassan, Ramya Krishna as Star Cast Filming[4]
2018 Tamil Sabaash Naidu Filming
2018 Hindi Shabash Kundu Filming
2018 Tamil Rajathandhiram 2 Senthil Veerasamy Filming
2017 Tamil Maduraimanikkuravan Raja Rishi Harikumar as Hero[5] Filming
2018 Sanskrit Punyakoti Ravi Shankar V Animation film / In Progress
2018 Tamil Maayon Sibi Sathyaraj Filming
2019 Tamil Psycho Mysskin Filming
2009 Hindi S.R.K Ajoy varma Remake of the Malayalam film Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala Delayed Project [6][7]
2011 Tamil Padithurai Arya production Delayed Project
2011 Tamil Thaandavakone Subbu Sujatha Delayed Project/Music Released
2012 Malayalam Mayamohitha Chandran Delayed Project
2012 Hindi Remake of Neethaane En Ponvasantham Gautham Menon Delayed Project
2012 Hindi Happi Bhavna Talwar Delayed Project
2013 Tamil Naadi Thudikkuthadi Selva Delayed Project/Music Released
2014 Tamil Raja Rajanin Porvaal R.S. Amudeshver Delayed
2015 Tamil Porkalathil Oru Poo Ganesan Delayed Project/Music Released

Albums (instrumental, non-film)

Year Album Notes
1992 Honnina Therinali First Devotional Album of Ilaiyaraaja's in Kannada
1992 Geetha Vazhipaadu First Devotional Album of Ilaiyaraaja's in Tamil, also written by him, with 9 songs on the major Hindu deities
1981-82 Geethanjali Devotional Album on the major Hindu deities, written by Ilaiyaraaja and Vaali, with 9 songs
1986 How to Name It? A crossover album fusing the sensibilities of the Western Classical Music's Baroque music style, mastered by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carnatic Classical Music's raga virtuosity, mastered by Tyagaraja, into a collection of 10 mesmeric tracks.
1988 Nothing but Wind A crossover album featuring the famed Hindustani flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia playing the flute to Ilaiyaraaja's compositions combining the finer sensibilities of the Classical period of Western Classical Music mastered by Mozart and Indian folk, Hindustani, Carnatic and light music for some meditative, playful, reflective tracks
1992 Vedic Chanting Produced by Ilaiyaraaja with selected hymns from the Rig Veda and Purusha Sukta
1992 The Secret of Ramayana Select verses from Valmiki and Kamban's Ramayana tuned and produced by Ilaiyaraaja, in addition to verses from the Vedas and Upanishads
1993 Symphonic Work in 5 movements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Conducted by John Scott. Recorded by Tony Faulkner at the Walthomstow Town Hall, London in June 1993. Produced by Mike Townend
1994 Ilaiyaraaja's Classicals on the Mandolin Carnatic Classical Music Album with 4 krithis and a varnam, all written and composed by Ilaiyaraaja, including one Sanskrit krithi in a raga discovered by Ilaiyaraaja himself, Raajalahiri, with a forward speech by the Carnatic Music legend Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, played on the Mandolin by the late Mandolin legend, U. Srinivas[8]
1995 RAID-Music for dance production of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Co.,London Based on the Indian game of Kabaddi
1995 India 24 Hours Documentary on India, filmed by 18 famed photo journalists, who selected a spot each across the length and breadth of India, and filmed the passions and dreams of Indians across 100 hours. The 2 hour documentary has a musical score by Ilaiyaraaja
2000 Raajavin Ramanamalai First Devotional Album on Ramana Maharishi, also written by Ilaiyaraaja, with 10 songs
2002 Amma Paamaalai Devotional Album on Goddess Parvathi
2005 Thiruvasagam Symphonic Oratorio on Manickavasagar's Thiruvasagam, a crossover album that seeks to blend Thiruvasagam's bhakti with the finer elements of Western Classical Music's Symphonic movements. Conducted by Laszlo Kovacs, performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and recorded in Budapest
2006 Guru Ramana Geetam Second Devotional Album on Ramana Maharishi, with two krithis, one in Sanskrit and dedicated to Ramanar's mother, also written by Ilaiyaraaja, among 10 songs
2007 The Music Messiah Collection of Background Scores from his landmark score for the Malayalam film Guru
2007 Sri Ramana Naadha Amudham Third Album on Ramana Maharishi, with 10 songs, all written by Ilaiyaraaja, and composed by the veteran composer M.S. Viswanathan and Ilaiyaraaja
2008 Manikantan Geet Mala Devotional Album on Swami Ayyappa, in Tamil,Telugu,Kannada and Malayalam
2009 Annamalai Ramanaandi Devotional Album on Ramana Maharishi. Songs written by Muruganaar and Sadhu Om. Rendered by Ramananjali group led by Sulochana Natarajan and Ilaiyaraaja.
2009 Namratha Ke Sagar Single song, composed by Ilaiyaraaja for a bhajan written by Mahatma Gandhi, sung by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and recited on screen by Amitabh Bachchan[9]
2010 Ramana Saranam Fourth Devotional Album on Ramana Maharishi, with a krithi in Telugu among 10 songs, all written and composed by Ilaiyaraaja
2010 Baba Pugazh Maalai Devotional Album on Shirdi Sai Baba
2011 Akkah Short Film in Kannada on the Kannada Poetess-Saint Akka Mahadevi[10] with songs rendered by Bombay Jayashri
2013 Ramana Aaram Fifth Devotional Album (Volume 1 & Volume 2) on Ramana Maharishi, also written by Ilaiyaraaja, with 16 songs
2015 Swappnam Classical Album composed for a Dance Drama on Lord Shiva choreographed by danseuse Krithika Subramaniam, with 10 songs making to the CD, collected from Thiruvasagam, Thevaram, Nandanar Charitham, Adi Sankara's Ardhanarishwara Ashtakam among other devotional hymns dedicated to Shiva. Sudha Raghunathan, T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Rajhesh Vaidhya, Abhishek Raghuram, Bharath Sundar, Composer Sharreth, A. K. Palanivel, Palaghat Sreeram, Embar Kannan were among the several notable musicians who were part of the project[11]
2016 Thaarai Thappattai (Original Background Score) Collection of Background Scores from his National Award Winning score for his 1000th milestone film Tharai Thappattai. Contains 19 Songs
2017 Raaja's Ramanamalai Sixth Devotional Album (New 2017 Album) on Ramana Maharishi,Brought by Sri Thenandal Films, also written by Ilaiyaraaja, with 10 songs


Ad Jingles

Many of Ilaiyaraaja's songs were used as Jingles in advertisements. Filmmaker R Balki, has used in many of his ads either as a musical note or jingle composed in same tune[16]

Onscreen appearances

Year Movie title Notes
1980 Nizhalgal Singer in the song "Madai Thiranthu"
1985 Dharmapathini Guest appearance in the song "Naan Thedum[17]
1986 Saadhanai Guest appearance in the song "O Vanambadi"[18]
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Guest appearance in the song "Kalyanamaalai"[19]
1989 Karagattakaran Guest appearance in the song "Paattaalae Buddhi"[20]
1991 Kumbakkarai Thangiah Guest appearance in the song "Ennai Oruvan Paada Chonnaan"[21]
1992 Villu Pattukaran Guest appearance in the temple donation screen between 11:50 to 14:50 [22]
1998 Kannathaal Guest appearance in the song "Amman Pugazhai"
2009 Azhagar Malai Guest appearance in the song "Ulagam Ippo"[23]
2013 Naadi Thudikkudhadi Guest appearance in the song "Kadhale Illaadha Desam"[24]


  1. ^ "NTR is the greatest Indian actor: Times Of India". The Times of India. 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  2. ^ "Official Announcement: Seeman's next film!". 16 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja, Karthik Raja and Yuvan, to make music together". The Times of India. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Kamal Haasan's Next Titled 'Sabaash Naidu'". 2016-04-29
  5. ^ "இளையராஜா இசையில் ஹரிகுமார் நடிக்கும் படம் " மதுரைமணிக்குறவன் "". 2015-11-27.
  6. ^ "SRK - Ajoy Varma - Ilaiyaraaja - Gulzar - movie Traile". YouTube. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "After 26 years, Gulzar-Ilayaraja combo returns". 6 March 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja's Classicals on the Mandolin".
  9. ^ "Namrata ke Saagar- Bhajan written by Mahatma Gandhi".
  10. ^ "Ilayaraja - Moving Poems". 2010-01-13.
  11. ^ "Swappnam".
  12. ^ "Indian Ad Divas". 2015-07-09
  13. ^ "Malabar Gold to have 500 stores by 2015". 2010-10-19
  14. ^ "Ilaiyaraja ready for concert in Madurai if he gets sponsors". 2012-09-10
  15. ^ "Malabar Gold to go pan-India in 2 years. 2013-05-02
  16. ^ "Advertisment [sic] jingles using Raja's tunes!". 2009-12-05
  17. ^ "Naan Thedum Sevvanthi Poovithu — Dharmapatini". Youtube.
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Kalyanamaalai — Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal". Youtube. Raj Video Vision. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Paatale Budhi — Karagattakaran". Youtube. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Ennai Oruvan — Kumbakarai Thangaiah". Youtube. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  22. ^ "Villu Pattukaran — Villu Pattukaran". Youtube. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  23. ^ "Ulagam Ippo — Azhagar Malai". Youtube. Eros Tamil. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  24. ^ "Kadhale Illadha — Naadi Thudikkuthadi". Youtube. Times music south. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

External links

  • Ilaiyaraaja discography on IMDb
  • The official Internet website of Ilaiyaraaja
  • Collection of Ilayaraja songs at
  • Collection of Ilayaraja Songs, Videos, Images and BGM
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