Why Film Music pt1- Ilayaraja

This is the first instalment of a video spin-off series around my book Raga 2 Rock. This series is also tailored for the interests of those who may not be into film music or may not even live in India and be into Indian music (or what they think of as the only Indian music, i.e., Hindustani or Carnatic).

So, naturally, I had to start off with Ilayaraja. I showcase preludes and interludes from one song and the prelude of another to show how the instrumentation could often fit right into a Western composition and how some of the ways in which he combines guitar/synthesizer with classical-based string sections would have been unprecedented even in a purely Western context.

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