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Ilayaraaja performs for the first time in Houston

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

Music Ilayaraaja enthralled music lovers here with his first ever concert "Raaja-The One Man".

The musician, 74, who performed with an 85-member symphony orchestra from and noted musicians from India, had a packed house with over 4000 people in the audience.

"I am very grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to entertain fans for the first time in Houston, I will be singing songs of the '70s to the current ones," he said at the beginning of the concert.

"I am the only in the world to have composed a song only in the ascending notes," he added.

Ilaiyaraaja, a critically acclaimed Indian film composer, singer, and the first Asian to score a Symphony, is credited with setting a trend for film music in by fusing western musical nuances into songs.

Apart from Tamil, he has also worked in Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films as a

Raja was accompanied by noted south Indian singers K S Chitra, Mano, Haricharan, Rahul Nambiar, Sharath, Santosh and other Bollywood singers and mesmerizing members of Budapest symphony orchestra.

"We cannot thank of Star Promotions, who has been bringing Bollywood shows nonstop for years, for bringing the legend finally to and watching him live has been dream come true, an excited fan AnnaPoorani Roopa Balakrishnan said.

"Blessed and Privileged to witness live in Houston", said another fan


KS Chithra -- nightingale of -- charmed the audience with Ninnu As Mano started, the audience engulfed in a wave of nostalgia, cheered aloud for the bygone era.

In a career spanning over four decades, Raja has scored music for over 1,000 feature films. Altogether, 6,500 to 7,000 songs have been composed by him so far. He bagged five National Awards.

The will travel to other cities including, Dallas, San Jose, Chicago, Connecticut, and

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:30 IST
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