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Day 26: Ilayaraja's magic - Ennulle ennulle and Poomalaye thol serava ....

"Ah, music,"he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here."  Those who have read Harry Potter, the very first series would know who said this. It is true that music is beyond all the magic that is there. It can move every heart, for sure, if played the right way. Even people, who do not sing or claim, they do not sing, appreciate listening to songs - instrumental or vocal. Every day, as I drive back and forth to school, either the radio plays some wonderful sonatas or some evening jazz or  I sing my own tunes. What I hum is always changing. Today, for some reason has been just Ilayaraja, the Indian film music composer, who is par excellence. I need not write anything about him, for his music is beyond words. While studying, I tend to keep it to western classical, as it helps me focus and I do not try to listen to any song with lyrics, as I can easily be lost trying to follow the lyrics and sing along. Since, all I do these days is read for work, I end up just having Mozart and Bach for company. Of course, 'How to Name it' by the maestro is yet another usual. This means, it has been a while since I heard a lot of my favorite film songs. Despite that, I have been humming these songs throughout. So, now you can see the power of Raja, the great. These are everlasting songs, and even if I have not really heard them in a while, they are always playing on my mind. 

The first song is ennulle ennulle from Valli,  and the other one is poomalaye thol serava. 

Ennulle Ennulle - From the movie, Valli (1993). 

Even though the movie did not fare well, the music, surely, was blessed with the maestro's touch. Ilayaraja, is surely the "king of music." This is one of the best from late singer Swarnalatha. She was one of the best singers in the industry. It is very sad that she did not live longer to weave more magic with her voice. Listen to this song to be just mesmerized by its magic. If you pay attention the 1st and 2nd interludes, you will be just moved by the use of violins. The use of guitar and the violins playing along with the great chorus and the lead voice is just the perfect tune, that you will never forget even if you just listen to it only once. Actually, I think it is impossible to only listen just once. That is Raja!   

Poomalaye thol serava- From the movie, Pagal Nilavu (1986). 

Maniratnam's movie with Revathy and Murali. I remember watching the songs on television in some random tv channel. I must say, this is a sheer brilliance in the way, this song is set. The way the song begins is just beautiful. The counterpoint with violins is the beauty of this song. With Janaki amma's and Raja's duet, this is a classic. 

Good night and sweet dreams. Will write more about music in another post.

By the way, the quote was by Albus Dumbledore, of course :) 

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