Endrendrum Raja - My experience at the concert

I attended the "Endrendrum Raja" live concert by Ilaiyaraaja earlier this week. It was a great experience similar to the previous Ilaiyaraaja live concert which happened in chennai around 6 years back. I absolutely loved the 34 piece Strings section. The sound of the violins was magical and they played it to near perfection. The numbers I enjoyed the most were Schubert Symphony No. 8 along with Idhayam Pogudhey, Paruvame, Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran, Poove Sempoove, Edho Mogam, Madai Thiranthu, Ayiram Thamarai, Sundari Kannal Oru, and Title music of Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai. The others were good too. As I left before the show ended, I missed out on classics like Idhu Oru Nila Kaalam, Ilamai Idho Idho.

This concert was not as perfect as the last Raja concert in Chennai held 6 years back. There were a few issues with sound balance, certain singers did not prepare enough, etc. The previous concert was much better to me in terms of near perfect performances, even better selection of songs, lot of singers, less errors, etc. But above all, this concert was still worthwhile and there were enough magical moments. Expecting more such concerts.

This concert will be telecast on Jaya TV during the Pongal holidays. The making, rehearsals, etc will be telecast on Jan 14th and the concert itself on 15th and 16th. Don't miss it!

Before winding off, here is the video of a small demo of a 2-note composition by Ilaiyaraaja - just 2 lines.


Raja uses only the notes Sa and Ri in the scale of Dm. He sings Sa Ri Ri Ri | Ri Sa Sa Sa | Sa Ri Ri Ri | Ri Sa Sa Sa | Sa Ri Ri Ri | Ri Sa Sa Sa | Sa - - - | with the note D as the Shadjamam. So he basically sings D E E E | E D D D | .... Then he asks to give the chords A and Dm to give a color to the song and sings it again. Then he changes shruthi and asks to give chords F#7 and Bm alternatively while continuing to sing the same notes D E E E | E D D D || In effect the notes in the new shruthi become Ga Ma Ma Ma | Ma Ga Ga Ga || Interesting to note this!


  1. Anonymous11:56 AM

    i attended the concert too.
    last concert was a disaster. song from the post 2000 dominating the show, that is not what we want from raja. i dont know where you were setaed, buth the sound was awesome from the centre.
    the song list was just outstanding except for vech apaarvai, ilangaathu veesudhe and the medley, which did not work at all.
    best surprise was the oru raagam paadalodu...wow.what a song.

    1. I am not a fan but Today I turned out to be a craziest fan of Raja just because i love my child hood and how i grew up with these songs compsoed frm Raja!!! even today even before the Lyrics start i can sing the songs atleast two phrases!! thats raja.

      today music and lyrics gone beyoyond sex,racism, and vulger in every body music including top muscinas like A.R.Rehman.I wonder when these people will realise and think of the music of Tamil in future.

      the show was great!! even threats from some fucking politicians like vai ko and others ?? these people does not know what is Dignity ,True tamil ethics, (where tamil is the only language which is untill now considered as anciant language) does not spoil. what this show is do with political image just they want to exploit idiot tamil people( idiot means who does not think anything but goes behind some body who is an idiot politician)

      hey come on if some politician wife or mother is sick and needs immediate attention of medical assistance will go to a stage and propose ??? how many we had seen? ZERO !!! but what happens if a devtee(Thonder to that politician not to that patent group had the same?

      its different,even the police,ambulancd and doctoes dance to their tunes but n ot for the guy who spent his entire life caring for him thinking that he is educated than him and he wil do what ever is required for his next generation( i think he is stupid) come what may to me or even i die do good things to this world not for humans only!! tamil nadu politics is dirty as dirty picture,, if even vidya balan agrees to do something for these politicians and our govt will give tax free to that movie and will expect every one to see this flim !!! what a govt er had and having now......I hope Dr.J.Jayalaitha will understand the past and will act now to do some good things to welfare of the Human kind. if invited I will come all the way to to suggest and help for the smae with out expecting anything although i am settled in other country.

      Jai hind

  2. Anonymous1:31 PM

    Poove Semboove song by yesudas was really awesome...no words to say about great singer.among all songs this song was heart touching by yesudas..