Music maestro Ilayaraja is celebrating his 71st birthday today (June 2). The Music Maestro started his career with “Annakili” in the year 1976. Since,he composed the music for 1,000 films and over 8,000 songs .Most popular were the songs ” Pathinaru Vayathinile ,”Ponnu Oorukku Pudhusu ” ,”Jhonny,” “Nizhalgal,” “Alaigal Oivathillai,” “Kaadhal Oviyam,” “Ninaivellam Nitya ,” “Saagara Sangamam,” “Sindhu Bairavi ,” “Kadalora Kavithaigal,” “Enga Ooru Paattukkaaran” and “Agni Nakshatram”.

He won his fifth national award for his 1000th film ‘Tharai Thappattai’ which was also his second for the Best Background Score. He is currently working on more than 35 films in various Indian languages. In tamil, his upcoming film  such as Kamal Haasan’s ‘Sabash Naidu’, ‘Amma Kanakku’ produced by Dhanush, ‘Kutramey Dhandanai’ of director Manikandan ‘Rajathandhiram 2’, director Samuthirakani’s ‘Appa’.

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