The day has come to witness the Legend Maestro Ilaiyaraaja performing live for the first time in Hyderabad. The ultimate musical extravaganza was set at the Gachibowli Stadium and is packed to full house with music lovers across the Telugu states thronging to catch a glimpse of their legendary musician Ilaiyaraaja performing live.
Ilaiyaraaja, who usually performs live in USA and Canada, his last performance in India was at Chennai in the year 2005. Today was the second time he was performing live in India and for the first time in Hyderabad. The glittering event was joined by a symphony of around 100 musicians which includes a band from Hungary as well. Famous singers like Chitra, Mano, Karthik and others joined the troupe.
Along with the fans of Ilaiyaraaja, the musical event was attended by celebrities like Megastar Chiranjeevi and a few of his family members, Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna and her family, producer Suresh Babu, director Harish Shankar, Kranthi Madhav, music director R.P. Patnaik and others.
Anchors Simha and Geetha Madhuri started the event with their lively anchoring followed by the most awaited Maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s mesmerizing musical show. The first song of the musical night started with the famous Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo song as a tribute to the teachers. Then was the famous Janani song followed by the Shivoham song, an epic devotional song sung in praise of Lord Shiva.
In no time started the famous commercial movie songs from maestro that will be remembered and cherished forever. Every song made the music lovers' eyes teary with joy, with goosebumps and taking them back to their good old memories.
The list of songs played in the glittering musical event included classics like Jagdananda Nayaka from Sri Rama Rajyam, Ninnu Kori Varanam from Gharashana, the ever green Chilakala Kalaka Keeravani, Sirimalle Poova Sirimalle Poova, Sundaramo Sumadhuramo, Sandyaragam Sarigamalo, Balapampatti Baam Vollo, Maate Mantramu, Hai Zindagi Gale LagaLe, Hello Guru Prema Kosame ra, Abba Ne Thiyyani Dhebba, Ekantha Vela, Vollantha Thullintha, O Priya Priya, Prema ENtha Madhuram, Maatarani Mounamidhi, Mounamelanoi, Kalaya Nijama, Giliga Giliginthaga, Prathi Dhinam Nee Darshanam, Venello Godari Andham, Indu Vadhana, Janedona Jane JAnedona, Yenno Rathrulu Vasthayigaani, Vatapatra saiki, Lalitha Priya Kamalam Virisinadhe, Surivayi Akiyomein, Ragam Rasamaya Vedam Ayyi, Yamaho Ni Yama Yama Andham and finally ended with Botany Paatam Vundhi.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for music lovers and Ilaiyaraaja fans to see their musical God enthrall them with his fascinating mix of evergreen songs. This musical night is worth every penny and for sure will feel blessed to have attended it. It was more delightful to hear Maestro explaining a few instances from his real-life professional experience about how he used to compose music for the given instances. Overall, a soul-stirring musical night that will remain etched in one’s heart forever. Take a bow, Maestro. We are indebted to you forever for considering Hyderabad as one of your best destination to perform a live event. We wish to see more such events from you.
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–By Ajay Mudunuri