Like many of you, we also believe things were always so much better in the old days.
Ditto with old Tamil songs from the maestro Ilayaraja.
A.R.Rahman may be the fashion of today but the fame of Ilayaraja is as tall as the Himalayas. And deservedly so considering the joy he’s provided to so many millions over so many years.
Where do you even start with an artiste like Ilayaraja.
We’re having great difficulty in picking a few songs because the man is an embarras de richesses.
Here are some of the old Ilayaraja songs we’re listening to:
* Poovarasampoo Poothachu – Lovely song featuring Radhika from the 1978 movie Kizhake Pogum Rail. The singer is S.Janaki.
* Machchana Pathingala – By God, this one is a classic from the 1976 film Annakilli. Our current all-time favorite (current all-time – is that a contradiction in terms?).
* Senthoora Poove – Watch Sridevi in virginal white from the movie 16 Vayathinile. A lovely tune, albeit similar to Machchana Pathingala.
* Poongathave – Simply lovely. One of Ilayaraja’s finest. The girl (Ragini??) is Tamil-pretty. Ragini, where art thou?
* En Uyir Nee Thaane – Big hit from the movie Priya.
* Senorita, I Love you – Rajinikanth in Johnny.
* Vazhumattam – Rajinikanth again, this time in Kali.
* Oru Thanga Rathathil – See superstar Rajinikanth in Dharma Yuddham.
* Thamthana Thamthana – This one is from the 1979 movie Pudhiya Vaarpugal starring Rati Agnihotri and Bhagyaraj.
* Azhagiya Kanne – Sweet, sweet number from Uthiri Pookal.
* Manjal Nilavukku – One of our favorites, from the 1979 movie Mudhal Iravu.
* Vizhiyile Malarndhadhu – Superb number from the 1977 movie Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri.
* Andhi Mazhai Pozhigirathu – Nice song from the Kamal Haasan film Raaja Paarvai.
We’ll keep adding.
SI Readers’ Recommend:
* Ilaiya Nila (Boopalnj) -Fine song from the movie Payanangal Mudivathillai
* En Vaanile (Boopalanj) – Sridevi and Rajinikanth in Johnny.
* Nee Paartha (Boopalanj) – Kamal Haasan and yesteryear star Rani Mukerji in Hey Raam.
* Ennadi Meenkashi (Shuaib68) – Ugly dance by Kamal Haasan. Big hit from the 1970s movie Ilamai Oonjalaadukirathu.
* Enna Saththam (the many avatared Ã†nima) – Beautiful song from the Kamal Haasan-Revathi film Punnagai Mannan.
* Uravenum Puthiya (the many avatared Ã†nima) – This one is from Nenjathai Killaathe.
* Idhu Oru Pon Maalai Pozhudhu (parthiban) – From the Bharathiraaja film Nizhalgal.
* Kalyana Maalai (sunnysonu) – Nice one from Puthu Puthu Arthangal.
* Mandram Vantha Thendralukku (sunnysonu) – See lovely Revathi in Mouna Ragam.
* Ninnukori Varanum (SI’s alter ego) – Another Ilayaraja favorite of ours from the movie Agni Natchathiram featuring the graceful Amala.
* Ilamai Enum Poongaatru (SI’s afterthought) from Pagalil Oru Iravu.
* Idhu Oru Nila Kalam (SI‘s afterthought) – Yummy Madhavi in the 1981 film Tik Tik Tik.
* Oh Paapa Laali (Telugu pick from Yourmate) – From the film Geetanjali.
* Nethu Rathiri – Kamal Haasan and Silk Smita in Sakalakala Vallavan.
* Yen Iniya Pon Nilave (sunnysonu and Aswin_Kini) – Pratap Pothen in Moodupani.
* Botany Patamundi (supergirl) – Included this Telugu song from Shiva only because it features our sweety-pie Amala.
* Malli Malli (chaitu1987) – Chiranjeevi and Suhasini in the Telugu film Rakshasudu.
* Prema Entha Madhuram (chaitu1987) – From the Telugu movie Abhinandhana.
* Maasi Masam (shadowfax_arbit) – Another lovely number.
* Sundari Neeyum (shadowfax_arbit) – From the Kamal Haasan film Michael Madana Kamarajan.
* Inji Idupalagi (shadowfax_arbit) – Beautiful Revathi and Kamal Haasan from Thevar Magan.
* Panivizhum (sunnysonu) – The video quality is not great but the song from the 1982 film Ninaivellam Nitya makes up for it.
* Madai Thiranthu (sunnysonu) -This nice song from the movie Nizhalgal selects itself.
* Kodiyile Malligappoo (Bajurajan) – The movie is Kadalora Kavithaikal (1982).
* Kadhal Kavithaigal (Satish Kumar) – From Gopura Vasaliley.
* Nalam Vaazha (Satish Kumar) – The movie is Marupadium featuring Revathy and Nizhalgal Ravi.
* Vaanaville Vaanaville (Satish Kumar) – Nice song from the Vijaykanth movie Ramanaa
* Sorgame Endralum Athu (Arshadsod) – Charming song from Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu.