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Monday, July 18, 2005

Outlook magazine profiles Ilayaraja

Outlook’s S Anand has made a name for himself by writing controversial articles and he has come up with yet another one - a profile of Maestro Ilayaraja (Thanks to Ashwin Shanker for letting me know about this). As in the previous past, this article is likely to ruffle a few feathers. Did you know that IR’s real name is Gnanadesikan?
“But despite his achievements, Ilayaraja is uncomfortable with the truth of his origins”.

I finally managed to get my copy of Thiruvasagam in Symphony. I was able to listen to some of the songs today morning. I should say that I'm awestruck. I don't think I'm fit enough to review such a monumental album. I was exposed to Thiruvasagam at a young age but slowly lost touch with it. This might be another opportunity for me to re-establish contact with Thiruvasagam.

The Linkin Park will be up tomorrow. Thanks for the repeated reminders.


  • Kaps, give us our linkin' park!

    By Blogger Dinesh, at 5:16 PM  

  • i wonder what must be kamal's original name..
    unlike authors who have pen names, yet dont dosown their own names.....
    ...the film people leave out their original names...

    anyway, whats in a name??

    By Blogger monu, at 7:16 PM  

  • Surely the article could have been more tasteful. What Anand wanted to have conveyed could have been done much better. The second half of the article lost focus from the first half[the catholic involvment in the project.].

    By Blogger TJ, at 8:21 PM  

  • another interesting article, kaps...

    now you have assured me that I can also buy my own thiruvasagam copy.... let me chk it out.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 8:31 PM  

  • hmm shall go check this out immediately

    By Blogger Suguna Purushothaman, at 10:12 PM  

  • Born in 1943 as Gnanadesikan (but known as Rasaiyya) into a Dalit Christian family in Panniapuram of then undivided Madurai district, Raja had formal education only up to Class viii.

    Never knew this. But Ilayaraja is the best.

    I've just previewed TIS. gotta buy a copy.

    By Blogger Saravana Kumar, at 10:35 PM  

  • me thinks s. anand is definitely obsessed with caste...no different than the crappy politicians who rake up the caste at every opportunity...he did the same thing in some other article where he raked up the caste crap in the movie kadhal...i think we shud really ignore his articles so that he does not get the publicity...he must be gladly sitting & laughing in his chair looking at the unnecessary publicity his "controversial" nonsense articles get!!

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 2:51 AM  

  • Anand loses his perspective in the second half...what could have emerged as a neat article about TIS having Catholic influence has become another "ANAND" article

    By Blogger PVS, at 7:56 AM  

  • there are always some people who try to focus on only negative things. and there are always people who find it difficult to include all the positive points in their article. Anand falls into the first category.

    By Blogger saranyan, at 8:15 AM  

  • ok Kaps now u have made me curious about wat this 'Thiruvasagam in Symphony' is...
    cud u give some details for ignorant ppl like me? :)

    By Anonymous angelsera, at 9:06 AM  

  • Thanks for the link, I'll read it.

    In the meantime - i've been listening to TIS for a few weeks now. Good..! Good effort.! I like the last track and the 3rd track.

    I am not awestruck though.!

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 9:10 AM  

  • caprisiously you, S Anand is doing exactly what you are doing.
    Not knowing the base truth about a person/eveny and bashing up on them.
    It is very difficult to be politically right, isnt it. take it easy.

    kaps, im glad you liked thiruvasagam. email iraja2005@yahoo.co.in (Thats IRs email ID).

    By Blogger keerthi, at 9:18 AM  

  • Keerthi!

    Thanks for Raja's id... shall mail my obeisance to the Maestro.

    Anand seems to be creating controversies everywhere. His article on TIS was downright inflammatory.

    By Blogger Speech is Golden, at 9:49 AM  

  • Nice link! didnt know a lot of things that was mentioned there.

    By Blogger G3, at 9:59 AM  

  • me too liked thiruvasagam..
    interesting article

    By Blogger Prabha, at 12:47 PM  

  • keerthi, true u cant be politically correct all the time...but in such cases, one shud not take up the responsibility of publishing one's views to the public...wht has been stated abt IR's humble beginnings are known to a lot of ppl...when so many ppl cud not think of such crap, god knows where anand works it out...i may not know anand personally but from his articles in outlook, i think he just pulls cheap stunts for the sake of publicity...

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 2:19 PM  

  • Why is this guy so obsessed about caste ? Its shameful that a musical review contains so many casteist references ...

    By Blogger Cogito, at 7:22 PM  

  • I got myself a copy of thiruvasagam. Is there i can get the lyrics in english?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:36 PM  

  • kaps..
    i thot u had read S.Anand's article already..
    anyways..I'd come up with a post linking your post on CD sales..and S.Anand's article.

    By Blogger rajesh, at 1:59 AM  

  • is tiruvasagam available in Singapore??

    By Blogger nmk, at 4:21 PM  

  • Angelsera,

    You can read about Thiruvasagam in Symphony here -

    I will visit your post.

    I think it was released in S'pore and Malaysia few days ago.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 5:06 PM  

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