Return of the King: Ilaiyaraaja is Back in the Game
By Express Features | Published: 09th January 2014 10:58 AM |
He’s broadly regarded as the king of comebacks, but this one certainly sets the bar high: scarcely two weeks after he was hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, music director Ilaiyaraaja returned to the studio to compose a song on Sunday.
The legendary composer arrived at Prasad Studios, which is ironically the same place where he suffered a heart attack, and composed a track for Snehan’s film Rajaraja Chozanin Porvaal. “Raja sir was not supposed to come, but he said that he had let down people by not going to Malaysia (for a show on December 28) and would not let people down in the new year and so he came for recording,” said a source from the unit of the film Rajaraja Chozhanin Porvaal.
It may be recalled that the composer was rushed to the Apollo Hospitals on December 23 after he suffered a mild heart attack and was kept there for a angioplasty to clear blocks in his heart.
He was discharged after close to a week in the hospital. He had been preparing for a concert in Malaysia that was a typical Raja ‘family’ affair - with sons Yuvan Shankar Raja and Karthik Raja, daughter Bhavatharini alongwith nephews Venkat Prabhu and Premgi Amaren.
Though the rest of his family took the ‘show-must-go-on’ approach and did the concert without him, the Isaignani surprised fans when he appeared on screen live via video-conferencing and assured them that he would recover and perform for them soon.
Sunday’s recording was Ilaiyaraaja’s first after the surgery and the first time that he composed in 2014.
His last release was Balu Mahendra’s Thalaimuraigal and he has a few more regional projects that he has committed to this year.
Needless to say, the film crew are thrilled that the composer’s illness did not push their schedules any further.