Come this July, and you’d see maestro Ilayaraja adding another jewel in his crown. As per Olympics tradition, every country’s rich tradition will be highlighted and sources say that Ilayaraja’s song will be part of the medley of music tracks to be used in the inaugural programme. A Tamil film song composed by him in the early 1980s has made it to the playlist of grand opening ceremony of London Olympics this year.
‘Nanthaan Ungappanda’ song is going to be conducted in a spectacular fashion by Danny Boyle, the director of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. This is a song from the 1981 Kamal Hassan film ‘Ram Lakshman’, and apart from this, few other numbers of world music will be played during the event. What’s more the music director himself has been surprised by this decision since this is not a popular number amongst his chartbusters.
The 2012 London Olympic ceremony will witness spectacular celebrations of British culture watched by an estimated global audience of four billion and it’s a great honor for Ilayaraja to be part of this magnificent event. Take a bow sir!