Musician from Tamil Nadu ‘Cello’ Selvaraj has returned from a successful musical tour of Europe in a tourist bus.
From yesteryear’s K V Mahadevan, M S Viswanathan, Ilayaraaja, A R Rehman to today’s Anirudh,’Cello’ Selvaraj has experience of working with 250 music directors as an instrument musician.He can play 14 different musical instruments very well like Cello and Violin.Apart from working in Tamil films, he has worked in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Bengali and Hindi films also.So, he was most preferred instrumentalist by all music directors.
His father, who was from Madurai too had worked as violinist for many music directors. Selvaraj was interested in music from quite young age, as a change of track, he acted in few films too.Selvaraj was introduced as hero in a film ‘Vadamaalai’ directed by Kavignar Vaali. He acted as hero in 20 other films. Kamalahasan was playback singer to Selvaraj in one of the films.
He acted with legendary Sivaji in the film ‘Rajarishi’. He donned the role of Indrajith in film ‘Elangeswaran’. He acted in an important role in K Vishwanath’s national award winning Telugu film ‘Saagara Sangamam’.He has acted in many TV serials. He has rich experience of accompanying ‘Isai Gnani’ Ilayaraaja in his musical tours all over the world.
Selvaraj, who is Joint Secretary of Cine Music Union, and has wide experience in different fields. Selvaraj is an expert Cello player, that’s why he’s known as ‘Cello’ Selvaraj.
As a music composer of All India Radio beyond film industry, he has worked as Cello player to great musicians like Lalgudi Jayaraman, VV Ravi, Ramanujam and L Subramaniam. He played Western instruments in Thiruvaiyyaru classical music performances along with ‘Mandolin’ Srinivas. He has performed in many programs under Western Classical Music Conductor Handel Manuel.
Nallur Travels Babu, a Tamil living in Switzerland planned for different musical program with ‘Cello Selvaraj, who ruled over music, apart from 30 years in film industry. He wanted to conduct a program of Tamil music in Spain, his plan was to conduct program while travelling in bus on road to Spain through Switzerland and France among fellow travellers.
On reaching the pre-destined place, spreading Indian music on beach ground, people were mesmerized by his music appreciated crossing the boundaries of nations, languages. Selvaraj has returned to India after charming people with his Tamil and Indian music for 21 days on road.
For 3 weeks he played different instruments on different occasions. All his fellow travellers were Tamils.Every one of them enjoyed the tour drenching themselves in the rain of music.In between, Selvaraj played viewer’s choice of music too.
Selvaraj played Tamil music in France too. Selvaraj says the duet he performed with another musical group in France for 2 hours is unforgettable experience. Ramla De Mal in Spain is visited by over a million, in honour of paintings by Chili and Holland painters,he honoured his fellow musicians with his violin performance.