List of awards and nominations received by Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja at his studio in Chennai
Ilaiyaraaja is an Indian film composer and instrumentalist who has worked in over 1000 films in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, English, Marathi, Sanskrit, Punjabi with majority of his works in the Tamil language.
Ilaiyaraaja has also worked as conductor and a songwriter. His songs and background score played a crucial role in the success of many of his films. He is widely regarded as one of the most popular composers in the South Indian film industry, and also in the list of world's top selling music artists. Making his debut through Annakili, a Tamil film in 1976, Ilaiyaraaja has been a prominent composer of film music in South Indian cinema since the late 1970s. He integrated folk lyricism (in Tamil) and introduced broader Western musical sensibilities into the South Indian musical mainstream. A gold medalist in classical guitar from Trinity College of Music, London in 1993 he became the first Asian to compose a full symphony performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London's Walthamstow Town Hall. In a 2003 BBC international poll, people from 155 countries voted his composition "Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu" from the 1991 film Thalapathi as fourth in the world's top 10 most popular songs of all time. In 2010, he was bestowed upon Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour by the Government of India.
Ilaiyaraaja has won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi (1986) and the Telugu films Rudraveena (1989) and Saagara Sangamam (1984). He won three Best Composer awards during the 1980s at the National Film Awards (India). In 2010, Ilaiyaraaja won the National Film Award for Best Background Score for Malayalam film Pazhassi Raja. He also won the Gold Remi Award for Best Music Score jointly with film composer M. S. Viswanathan at the WorldFest-Houston Film Festival for his work in the film Vishwa Thulasi in 2005. In 2015, he was also honoured with the Centenary Award for lifetime achievement at the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji, Goa.
He was conferred the title Isaignani (English: Savant of Music) in 1988 by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and also received the Kalaimamani award, an annual award for excellence in the field of arts from the Government of Tamil Nadu. He also received State Government Awards from the governments of Tamil Nadu, Kerala (1994, 1995, 1998), Andhra Pradesh (1981, 1988, 1990) and Madhya Pradesh (The Lata Mangeshkar Award) (1998) for excellence in music. He is also a recipient of the NTR National Award in 2004. Alongside he also won the Akshaya Samman of the year (2010), a prestigious musical award from Orissa for his outstanding contribution in the field of music.
Ilaiyaraaja was awarded honorary doctorates by Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India (Degree of Doctor of Letter (Honoris causa)) (1994), the World University Round Table, Arizona, U.S.A. (Cultural Doctorate in Philosophy of Music) (April 1994), and Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu (Degree of Doctor of Letters) (1996). He received an award of appreciation from the Foundation and Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (1994), and later that year was presented with an honorary citizenship and key to the Teaneck township by John Abraham, Mayor Teaneck. In a poll conducted by the BBC, his track "Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu" from the 1991 movie Thalapathi rated Number 4 in the World's Top Ten list., Ilayaraja was honoured with Sachin Dev Burman international award for creative music and sound in January 2012.
- 1 Civilian honours
- 2 National Film Awards
- 3 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
- 4 International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
- 5 Filmfare Awards South
- 6 Kerala State Film Awards
- 7 Kerala State Government Awards
- 8 Screen Awards
- 9 Nandi Awards
- 10 Tamil Nadu State Government Awards
- 11 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- 12 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
- 13 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
- 14 References
|2010||Padma Bhushan||Government of India|||
National Film Awards
|1984||Saagara Sangamam||Telugu||Best Music Direction||Won|||
|2009||Pazhassi Raja||Malayalam||Best Background Score|||
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
|2005||Vishwa Thulasi||Golden Remi Award||Won|||
International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
|2015||Music||Centenary Award for Lifetime Achievement||Won|||
Filmfare Awards South
|1989||Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South Contribution to Cinema||Won|||
|1990||Bobbili Raja||Telugu||Best Music Director|||
|2008||Innathe Chintha Vishayam||Malayalam||Nominated|
|2009||Naan Kadavul||Tamil||Best Lyricist|
|2009||Bhagyadevatha||Malayalam||Best Music Director|
|2011||Sri Rama Rajyam||Telugu|||
|2012||Nee Thaane En Pon Vasantham||Tamil|
Kerala State Film Awards
|1994||Sammohanam||Best Background Music||Won|||
|1995||Kalapani||Best Music Director|||
|1998||Kallu Kondoru Pennu||Best Background Music|||
Kerala State Government Awards
|2016||Nishagandhi Puraskaram||Government of Kerala||Won|||
|2001||Hey Ram||Best Background Music||Won|
|1981||Seethakoka Chiluka||Best Music Director||Won|
|1990||Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari|
|2011||Sri Rama Rajyam|
|2012||Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu|
Tamil Nadu State Government Awards
|1988||Kalaimamani||Government of Tamil Nadu||Won|
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
|1977||16 Vayathinile||Best Music Director||Won|
|1989||Varusham Padhinaaru, Karagattakaran|
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
|2011||Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai||Best Music Director||Won|||
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
|2012||Music||Creative and experimental music||Won|||
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