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Best Music Directors in Tamil Industry

studio.jpgI know there are thousands of musicians out there who have composed musical pieces that anyone would love to hear over and over again. Coming from Chennai, India I have grown up listening to mostly cinema music, especially Tamil songs!!! I have to talk about two the most famous music directors of all time in the Tamil Industry (Kollywood). They have created some of the best music one can ever listen. No matter how many times you keep listening to it over and over again, you are not going to get bored. They just take me on an amazing journey every time I listen to them.

It’s just amazing how music can totally take you to a different world!!! I listen to all kinds of music and off late have also started listening to heavy metal. But may be because I have always been listening to Tamil songs, I feel that its one of the best music one should listen to. I will say that there are many Hindi songs too that are brilliantly composed. In Hindi one can find more variety as there are many upcoming artists and album songs that are equally good like the movie songs. To say, in Hindi I see more and more new talents coming up and doing their album which is great. I wish that could happen in Tamil as well where more individual artists or bands come up with good, quality music and show their talent and music to the whole world. Another kind music that I have started listening off late is Sinhalese. I have not heard so much but I am really enjoying the way they portray music. Its really nice that there are many young music directors that are coming up too like G.V.Prakash.

Hence the two biggest Music Directors in Tamil Industry are non other than the great Maestro Ilayaraja and the unbeatable A.R.Rahman. These two have not just contributed to Tamil industry. Their music has no bounds. They have touched thousands and thousands of people with their music and the fans just keep getting bigger. They have not only composed music for films but have also composed for various other purposes. A.R.Rahman has composed tunes for raising charity, for Taj Mahal and the like. the following two posts will talk about each of them, little bit in detail about their background and how they started off to reach where they are now!!! Few other good music composers are Harris Jayaraj, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Preetam, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Deva, Vidya Sagar, Vishal-Sekhar, Ismail Darbar etc.


February 6, 2008 - Posted by | Entertainment | , ,


  1. Just stumbled across this blog though. May be you weren’t aware of MS Vishwanathan.

    MS Viswanathan :

    Postives: Creator of Melodies, better melodies than many legendary medevial composers.

    negatives: Couldn’t deploy grand orchestrations, as the technology reach in Europe during 60,70’s wasn’t there in India.

    AR Rahman :

    positives: Sound Mixing and Improvisations. Boldness in fusion, recently his forays in Jazz are impressive.

    negatives: Media hype and cleverly migrated to Bollywood as he seem to harvest the existing hype among westerners that best bollywood composer should also be the best the India. Helped him to market his recent not so good albums.

    Perfect blend of both of the above. Very much Honest in expression himself.

    negatives: too much honesty in expressing himself in his commitment/reluctance in accepting new projects.

    Comment by ConfusedKid | February 26, 2008 | Reply

    • pl listen to my songs. thanks.

      Comment by ravipriyan | December 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hi:

    Thanks a lot for your comment. Do you blog?? If so please do send me the link. Thanks a lot!!

    Comment by preethika | February 27, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi,
    Just registered under wordpress. I plan soon start blogs about Music, Cinemas and also on technical side. I will keep you posted on that

    Thanks for Asking

    Comment by TheConfusedKid | February 27, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hi Preethika!,

    Nice short post.
    You should listen to the songs of “Kathalikka Neramille”. The music is by Vishwanathan-Ramamurthy and sounds fresh even after 40 odd years!


    Comment by Rada | March 2, 2008 | Reply

  5. Good One and Thanks for the info

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    Comment by Bharat Marks | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. hi Preethika, nice write up, i agree with you in that the Hindi non-film music is more popular their Tamil couterpart, mainly because of the lack of support from sponsors for a Tamil project and the media in south, would like to support only popular artists.

    i have started doing a Tamil music album while working in National University of Singapore. I am now in Chennai to complete the album and shoot music videos to popularise the songs.

    Please check this out and leave me your feedback. Will let you know once the final mix is done


    K. M. Ameer

    Comment by Ameer K. M. | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Nice short article. It would be marvellous and also more complete if you can expand your writing to assess the relatively more recent suite of Tamil composers, viz., Haris Jeyaraj, Vijay Anthony, Bharathwaj, Yuvan Shankar Raja etc. They have produced the occasional outstanding melody (although hardly at the level of consistency of Ilaiyaraja). I would be interested to see who among this new crop of music directors have put out the most number of good melodies. The result may provide some guide to music lovers as to who to pay more attention.

    With regards to Ilaiyaraja, I thought I had a collection of all his best melodies. Recently and accidentally, I discovered a good song that I had overlooked, from 1999 (Diana Diana from the film Kadhal Kavidhai starring Prasanth). It has a very interesting melodic hook somewhere in the middle, a sort of hook that is usually found in Western pop music that I’ve never heard employed in Tamil music (see minutes 2:30-2:45; not even AR Rahman I think has used this particular strain of chord progression).


    Comment by The Flying Klown | January 4, 2009 | Reply

  8. For me A.R Rahman and Ilayaraja are the best of Tamil Cinema. I am a fan of both of them. They are the two eyes of music.

    Comment by Vignesh | May 31, 2009 | Reply

  9. Illayaraja, A.R.Rahman were two to them is one and only Yuvan shankar raja.he didnt studied music. But good creative mind.he must try for bollywood also.he having good future.Yuvan rockz.

    Comment by Yuvanpraba | February 6, 2010 | Reply


    Pl listen to my songs

    Comment by Ravipriyan | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  11. Pl check my web out, thx

    Comment by RAVIPRIYAN | December 24, 2010 | Reply

  12. Yuvan is a Legend in this Generation….. He will Touch the all the level soon…… All are should wait and Watch……..

    Comment by Ganapathi | March 14, 2011 | Reply

    • I agree totally! ^^

      Comment by khatz | March 20, 2011 | Reply

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  14. One only great is ilayaraja

    Comment by Dinesh kumar | September 30, 2011 | Reply

  15. Vidhyasagar is the best…

    Comment by vishnu kolazhy | June 9, 2012 | Reply

  16. Harris Jayaraj God for pure music lovers

    Comment by Andhrite | August 14, 2014 | Reply

  17. I like singing. Tamil. please young music directors call me 8754605933

    Comment by vijayakanth | August 5, 2016 | Reply

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