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Ilayaraja’s song for London Olympics 2012

Chennai, June 21 (): Maestro Ilayaraja is adding one another jewel to his crown. According to the Olympics tradition, all nations’ rich tradition would be highlighted in London Olympics 2012. Sources say Ilayaraja’s song would be a part of the combination of music numbers which would be used in the opening ceremony.

Interestingly AR Rahman performed at Commonwealth Games and now it’s Ilaiyaraaja taking his turn in London Olympics 2012.

A Tamil movie song composed by Ilayaraja in early 1980s is included in the playlist of the grand opening function of this year’s London Olympics .

According to reports in British media, the song to be played in Olympics is ‘Naanthaan ungappanda’, sung by S.P. Bala Subrahmanyam for Kamal Haasan-starrer movie ‘Ram Lakshman’ in 1981.

Ilayaraja’s associate said it is a surprise that this song which is among his lesser-known compositions is chosen.

Another report said, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame Danny Boyle has conceptualised the inauguration programme which is likely to be produced at the cost of £27 million.

Another song Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam, by M.I.A., a British recording artist and a song writer of the Sri Lankan Tamil descent, is on the playlist consisting of about 90 tracks. The singer is the A.R. Arulpragasam’s daughter, also called ‘Arular’, one of the funding members of Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS) founded in England in 1975.

Apart from these songs, few other songs of world music will also be played at the event.

The music director, Ilayaraja has himself been amazed by the decision since this song is not a very popular song amongst his other famous chartbusters.

The 2012 London Olympic inauguration ceremony will have spectacular celebrations of the British culture viewed by a valued global audience of about four billion spectators and it is a great honour for maestro Ilayaraja to be a part of the magnificent event.

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