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Ilayaraja suffers mild heart attack, hospitalised

Chennai, Dec 24 (): Famous music composer Ilayaraja suffered a mild heart attack on December 23, Monday and was rushed to Apollo hospitals immediately. Reports say his condition is stable. The composer had suffered a mild heart attack while he was in his residence.

His manager said Ilayaraja was admitted to Apollo Hospital yesterday afternoon after he complained of some chest pain. He added the doctors had confirmed that it was a mild attack, but had ascertained that he was absolutely fine. Sources from the hospital say he is likely to undergo angioplasty examinations.

In a career span of nearly four decades, Ilaiyaraaja has composed music for more than 950 Indian films in various languages and has composed for over 4500 songs. He is being applauded for his excellent background scoring.

Especially, Ilayaraja has made the biggest musical hits of Tamil cinema for actors including veterans Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan, and has worked with top filmmakers including Mani Ratnam and Gautham Menon.

The living legend has won four national awards, three in the capacity of a music director: Saagara Sangamam (Telugu-1984), Sindhu Bhairavi (Tamil-1986), Rudra Veena (Telugu-1984) and the fourth one for his background score in the film Pazhassi Raja (Malayalam-2009).

The much-revered musician’s best albums in Tamil include Thalapathi, Thevar Magan, Mounaragam and Nayagan, while his Hindi musical hits include movies like ‘Sadma’, ‘Cheeni Kum’ and ‘Paa’ among others.

Ilayaraja has composed music for several Kannada films including Prasad and Aa Dinagalu. He has also composed music for upcoming Kannada films such as — Mythri and Oggarane. He was in Bangalore recently, addressing the media at a press conference.

His latest film ‘Thalaimuraigal’ hit the screens a few days ago and has been receiving good reviews for the content and the music as well.

Ilaiyaraaja has three children, Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Bhavatharini, who are all film composers and singers.