Yuvan Shankar Raja and Ilaiyaraaja: Like father, like son?

Posted on August 31, 2020


On the younger composer’s birthday, a fanciful exercise that wonders if at least one set of “Yuvan songs” is rooted in “Raja songs”.

When someone’s from a rich family, we say they were born with a silver spoon. Yuvan Shankar Raja, then, was born with a silver tune. It was a house of musical riches. The premise of this article is simple. It’s about inheritance. It’s about carrying on a tradition, if you will. Even though Yuvan’s sound is not exactly the Ilaiyaraaja sound, at least the way we broadly (and reductively) imagine the maestro’s defining musical signatures, there’s definitely some  sense of a DNA transfer. The thought occurred to me when I was hearing Kadhal un leelaiya, from Japanil Kalyanaraman, after a really long time. I found myself thinking how much like a “Yuvan song” this 1985 number sounded. I thought of High On Love. I thought of Devathaiyai kandaen. A third listen made me think about Munpaniya, from Nandha.

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