Born in a poor family at Pannaipuram in Theni Dist. His parents were DANIEL RAMASWAMY and CHINNATHAYEE.Date of birth is 3rd June 1943.
Ilaiyarajas break through came when he scored music for the tamil film "Annakkili" in 1976 (P.A .Arts)The movie was a runway success mainly because of the music.Then the producer "Panchu Arunachalam" started singing him up.
Name reason for Illayaraja
When Rasaiah ( own name of Ilaiyaraja) came to Scored music in "Annakkili" the producer "Panchu Arunachaiam" change the name Rasaiah as Raja.But on that time a music director named "Periya Raja" Was there.So, people get confused with name.You are looking young(ilaya in Tamil) & your age lessSo, we keep as "Ilaya+raja=Ilaiyaraja" This the reason for Ilaiyaraja.
Ilaiyarajas mother Chinnathayee is the 3rd wife of Ramasway when he married chinnathayee he convert himself as a Christiam & change his name as Daniel Ramasway . Ramasways 2nd wife only son is pavalar Varadarajan.For Chinnathayee he has one Daughter, three Sons,they are
Ilaiyaraja married his own sisters daughter named "Jeeva" He has one daughter & two sons they are Daughter : Bhavatharini, Sons : Karthikeyan,Yuvan Shankar.Now they also become a music directors
Karthikeyan (karthikraja) - 7 films
Bhavatharini (Bhavatharini Ilaiyaraja )- One album + TV serial music
Yuvan Shankar (Yuvan Shankar Ilaiyaraja)- 5 films + One album + TV serial music
The impartant message all are Introdues films name starting with the letter "A"
Ilaiyaraja - Annakkili
Karthikeyan (karthikraja) - Alexander
Bhavatharini (Bhavatharini Ilaiyaraja ) - Angali
Yuvan Shankar (Yuvan Shankar Ilaiyaraja)- Aravindan