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22nd June 2005, 10:02 AM
Agi Music (www.agimusic.com) has released the album, "Ilaiyaraaja's Music Journey: Live in Italy".

It has the following songs:
1. Aya Kalaigal
2. Pavana guru pavana pura
3. Sune Oh Yashoda Maiyya (Hindi)
4. Mayil Pola
5. Janani Janani
6. Music Journey (Lullaby and Games of Tamil Nadu)
7. En Ullil Engo Aengum Geetam
8. Ilankathu Veesudey
9. Three in One (Introduction)
10. Three in One
11. Asaiya Kathula
12. Veetukku Veetukku
13. Orchestra (Mood Kapi)
14. Mathacha PArvati Devi

Both the CDs and cassettes come with a booklet, with a biography of IR and pictures from the concert.

Let's post our comments on the album in this thread.

22nd June 2005, 10:22 AM
It's so refreshing to listen to some brand new numbers in the album. Even the older, familiar numbers like "Janani Janani" , "EnnuLLil Engo" and "Aasaya Kaathula" have been presented with some variation in interludes and orchestration. "Suneyo yashoda Maiya" is a Hindi number sung by Uttam Singh's daughter Preeti. I also found this to be a new composition.

The instrumental compositions are a real treat.

I especially loved the piece, "3-in-1" a composition with only 3 notes, composed especially for this concert. It's a real creative piece, which is so rich that you don't realise he has used only 3 notes!

The last item, "Mood Kapi" is a richly layered orchestral piece that combines the Malayalam classic, "Tumbee Vaa" (Tamil: Sangathil Padatha Kavithai) with some amazing Brindavana Saranga phrases, giving it a totally new flavor. The applause from the Italians at the end of this, as well as almost every other number is mind-blowing.

22nd June 2005, 11:56 AM

Sunu oh tune is of Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal song - Ghanashyama. Check out the applauding at the end of veetukku veedu song - full 2 minutes. I think they liked the rhythm variations provided in that piece.

I think the lullabies and games piece has been reduced to 10 mts in the album, because of lack of space. Because songs on marriage, death, etc are not finding a place here.

22nd June 2005, 02:40 PM
Yes. They probably also enjoyed IR's tribute to Mozart's 25th Symphony. Note the WCM style strings follow-up to each line of the pallavi that IR sings.

22nd June 2005, 06:31 PM
Can some one confirm me on the availablility of the album in bangalore ?


23rd June 2005, 04:20 PM
I have grabbed my copy from Shanthi Tailors in Chennai

Here is my review on the album



23rd June 2005, 08:21 PM
Suresh, nice review. It sure is a must by for music lovers.

24th June 2005, 03:23 AM
Suresh you have convinced me to buy the cd.

25th June 2005, 12:11 AM

Shanthi tailors nu mottaiyya sollittu ennai thavikka vachuteengalae...:?
Neway i had to do some work to find out the location before i grabbed my CD :)
For other fans the address is as follows
Shanthi Tailors
no.5, Sannathi street,
Mylapore, chennai.
Opp st. to mayilai Kabaleeshwarar temple
Near RASI silk emporium.
PH: 24643783, 24951475.
Cost of CD is Rs.300/- and cassette is Rs.140/-

Get a copy ASAP. They have only limited copies.
The CD is worth buying for the compostions 3in1 and orchestra[mood kapi] which is an instrumental version of 'Sangathil paadaatha' . And ofcourse to listen to the 2 minute non-stop appaulds for 'Veetukku vetukku' :D

25th June 2005, 12:14 AM
[tscii:c5894ffa46]And ne one Italian here :) please translate this page

A review from this site
after 30 years of absence from the stage (even in india), dr. ilaiyaraaja performs live with a rich, mixed, ensemble of 18 elements; his music, besides containing many different musics, can inspire reflections and meditations on the form, on its consume, for an eventual, possible expansion: by showing rare models and formulae, unthinkable for the western music song world or western cinema; it is an open form that is strictly linked to the inspiration of the moment, ready to welcome anything in a surprising structure, enriched by a, still so strong, indian tradition, where rhythm, melody, devotion and surprise travel together; it¹s almost like a kaleidoscopic song, full of rules, but also rich in expressive possibilities.[/tscii:c5894ffa46]

25th June 2005, 01:28 AM

I used google language translator to translate the original. The translated text is given below. I have made the relavant portion bold.

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25th June 2005, 01:33 AM
junoon vasanam ketta feeling unga translated text :)

25th June 2005, 10:44 PM
For folks outside chennai, call shanthi tailors.They have limited quantites and they shipped me a CD to Bangalore (very prompt service)...Just listened to all the songs..THE CD is worth every penny just for 3-in-1 and Orch Mood Kaapi (out of this world compositions)...

27th June 2005, 02:21 PM
Just had my first listen of the cd. As already said, this is a real treat for IR fans. 'Three in one' has to be my pick. Masterful piece with just 3 notes S,R2 & G3. Though BMK has done something similar called Sarvasri, it sounded sort of contrived to me (sorry BMK!). IR's attempt is complete (orchestrated) and nice. Other observations on the album:
* Orchestra mood is of course another great piece. Interesting blend of Kapi & Brindavana saranga.
* Lullaby & games of TN is an intestering musical demo of the country side.
* a short alapnana (Madhuvanti) by IR before 'ennullil' is too good. Is the singer Chinmayi? Lyrics goof up right in the first line. But reminds us this is a live concert :smile2:
* IR sounds so excited, and often preempts even before the translation could proceed.
* Album has been planned to cover many genres & flavours - carnatic,hindustani,naattuppura paattu, devotional, ghazalish,instrumentals, etc. - but with popular hits in mind.

28th June 2005, 02:42 AM
How do you get this CD in the US - Do any of the online shops that cater to the US sell it? Thanks in advance.

28th June 2005, 03:38 AM

6th July 2005, 01:17 AM
RR, that short alapana sung by IR before EnnuLLil is missing in my CD(?!!).It starts off straightaway with the usual prelude. I'll have to listen to it again to confirm it.

3-in-1 is good and smooth, I like the orchestration and the tune. Sangaththil, veettukku, lullaby etc. are other good attempts for the live show. Overall,a very good buy for IR fans.

6th July 2005, 02:06 AM
right before the song, after mentioning/singing shankar-jaikishan's popular hindi tune, IR says " i have composed a song (longing for love). The raaga for the song is..." and he goes for the sarigama...bit.

6th July 2005, 04:56 AM

The Song 'Enullil' is a continuity from 'Lullaby and games of TN' You can listen to the aalapana at the fag end of 'Lullaby... ' File.

6th July 2005, 08:01 AM
p/rs, found it. Thanks.

6th July 2005, 10:46 PM
How do you get this CD in the US - Do any of the online shops that cater to the US sell it? Thanks in advance.

12th July 2005, 08:53 PM
listen to the fag end of 3-in-1 orchestral piece where IR joins with the Orchestra to finish the piece in high pitch.....simplay great :!:

13th July 2005, 04:14 PM
Friends, is the album available in Bangalore ?
If so , can you tell were can I get one ?


14th July 2005, 08:15 PM

27th July 2005, 10:31 AM
I heard the songs from this CD.

I still believe that IR could have chosen better songs for this concert.

The song Enullil engo was completely sequenced where the violins played their parts.

Chinmayi's voice is definitely not up to the mark. She streamed struggling in the higher octaves ( particularly in the Charanam).

Infact she missed the second line of this song " en vattudhu" and some how managed to jump to the normal track. This is the difficulty with sequencing. I hope they had enough rehearsal.

Mood kapi & 3in one are the best picks.