He is an Indian singer, songwriter, film composer, and conductor-arranger, who is noted for his outstanding efforts in the Indian film industry, mainly in the Telugu and Tamil industry. His real name is Gnanathesikan.
Due to his astonishing contributions, he is sometimes referred to as one of the greatest Indian music composers of all-time. He is credited to having mainstreamed the western music sensibilities into the Tamil and Telugu films. Highly regarded as one of the world's most prolific composer, he is noted to have composed over 7,000 songs.
He got married to Jeeva and they both stayed married until her untimely death in 2011. His children include music and film composers; Karthik Raja, Bhavatharini and Yuvan Shankar Raja. His siblings include Indian lyricist and director, Gangai Amaran, Pavalar Varadarajan, Daniel Bhaskar, Padmavathi Rajayya and Kamalammal Rajayya.
Gnanathesikan won the award for "Best Background Score" at the 1995, 1996 and 1999 Kerala State Film Awards.
He received an honor for the "Best Music Director" at the 1992 Filmfare Awards.
He took home an accolade for the category, "Independent Theatrical Feature Films & Videos - Music Score" at the 2005 Gold Awards.
Gnanathesikan was named "Best Music Director" at the 1977 Creative Awards and at the 2012 Nandi Awards.
He won the "Best Background Score" at the 2010 Silver Lotus Awards.
He wrote an entire symphony in less than one month.
His nickname, "Isaignani", means "The musical genius" in English.
He composed 9 songs in 45 minutes, which were featured in the 1992 film, "Chembaruthi".
Ilaiyaraaja is a famous Indian musician, who was born on June 2, 1943. As a person born on this date, Ilaiyaraaja is listed in our database as the 92nd most popular celebrity for the day (June 2) and the 232nd most popular for the year (1943).
People born on June 2 fall under the Zodiac sign of Gemini, the Twins. Ilaiyaraaja is the 2968th most popular Gemini.
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