Two stalwarts of South Indian Film Music celebrated their birthdays in the first week of June. While SP.Balsubramanyam reached the cusp of 60-hood on June 4th, Ilaiyaraja turned 62 on the 2nd. Raja’s birthday was all the more cause for celebration with the formal announcement of the release date of his Thiruvaasagam in Symphony project.
Thiruvasagam by Ilaiyaraaja” will be released on June 30, 2005 in a grand event to be held at the Music Academy, Chennai. The CD will be released in the US, at the “Tamizhar Thiruvizha” Annual Tamil Convention during the July 2-4 weekend in Dallas, Texas. More details to follow.
The Madras event is meant to be more of a congregation of devout Raja fans, what with no tickets being sold but invitations reserved for “VIPs” only. And the VIPs happen to be anyone who contributed towards the project, financially or otherwise.
More tidbits I picked from the Yahoo Fan Club:
Those who buy 100 or more CDs will receive a special edition package on stage from Raja himself.
The Collector’s Edition contains the DVD of ‘The Making of Thiruvasakam By Ilaiyaraaja’. This DVD will be made available in all stores where the original audio CD is available.
The price of the audio CD will be Rs 150 and the audio cassette will cost Rs 50. The special edition CD will have an audio CD, lyrics written in Raja’s handwriting, DVD with special CD case and another booklet. Total cost – Rs 250!
For those outside India:
‘Thiruvasakam By Ilaiyaraaja’ will be available in all leading music outlets where HMV (Saregama) company’s audio CD’s and cassettes are in sales, throughout the world.
Online sales will be done by Tamil Maiyam. But the CD will be sent only to an Indian address through courier.