A collection of classical hymns on Lord Shiva written by the 9th century Tamil poet, sage, Saint Manickavasagar. It was translated into English by G.U. Pope in the 19th century. Thiruvasakam by Ilaiyaraja is an unique attempt to present select verses from this work in the oratorio musical form, synthesizing ideas from both the Indian and Western classical traditions.
Ilaiyaraja is considered a phenomenon for many reasons. He has composed over 4000 songs and background music score for more than 800 Indian films in 8 languages. Then there is the pace and method, which have become legendary. Ilaiyaraja’s compositions outside of films have also greatly enhanced his reputation, which peaked in 1993, when he recorded a western classical symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Scott. The symphony was written in less than a month. Above all, there is the outstanding quality of the music itself. Although his musical sensibility is anchored to a bedrock of recognizable genres '" Indian folk, Western Classical, and Indian Classical '" he has an uncanny ability to separate and unify these genres at will.
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