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Composer K Picks His Favourite Songs: Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe

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Director Mysskin  introduced composer K to the film industry through Yuddham Sei, in 2011. In the five years since then, he has composed for over fifteen films, worked with Rajeev Ravi* twice and even featured as an actor in one of them – Kallappadam. An engineering graduate, he is no night owl like his peers, and prefers to think of music composing as his ‘9 to 5 job’. He also likes his music warm and neat and is happiest when he’s listening to songs from the ’60s. Ahead of World Music Day, he takes a trip down memory lane, to introduce us to the songs that still serve as his inspiration.

1. Ilaya nila – Payanangal Mudivathillai

The Film: Payanangal Mudivathillai

The Artists:

Singer – SP Balasubramanian

Composer – Ilaiyaraaja

Featured Players – Mohan, Poornima Jayaram

The Setting: A fairly tame setting for a song so profound, it continues to serve as the soundtrack of many romantic relationships.

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Filmed like an impromptu jam session, the song features Mohan doing his best SPB impression, alongside Poornima as his adoring muse. In hindsight, the intention is clear: let nothing distract you from the music.

The Song: 

Acoustic guitar, flute, and SPB’s effortlessly beautiful vocals blend together to create this gem of a song that’s ideal for listening while walking along a shoreline, staring at the moon. The track was originally composed for Balu Mahendra’s Moodu Pani. The director opted to go for En Iniya Pon Nilave for his film, instead.

K Speak: 

“I was in class 8 when I first listened to it. I was a hardcore Rahman fan and this song was a turning point for me. I believe it was what got me into the world of Ilaiyaraja. It was a very ‘ear-opening’ moment. It was the peak of ‘digital’ music and this song just blew my mind with its beautiful analog sound. I was simply hooked. I like this song so much because of the simple yet beautiful guitars, bass, and drums.”

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*An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that K had worked with director Rajeev Rai. He had worked with director Rajeev Ravi. We regret the error.
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