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Press Release
From: TAMIL MAIYAM, 1/45-1A Mount Poonamallee High Road, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai 600016.
Rev.Jegath Gaspar- For TAMIL MAIYAM

Thiruvasakam in Symphonic Fantasy – A unique musical adventure by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja.
It takes the musical genius of Maestro Ilaiyaraaja to concatenate the devotional spiritualism contained in the classical Tamil poetry of Thiruvasakam with the ethereal harmony of the most accomplished of Western classical music composers. This challenging enterprise has never before been attempted in the realms of Tamil music.
The world’s first premiere of a musical recording, combining the cadenza of this inspirational Tamil spiritual literature supported by delectable carnatic music and accompanied by the famed Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, is getting ready for the enjoyment of aficionados and music lovers in all parts of the world.
Tamil Maiyam, a not for profit charitable organisation is collaborating with Mr Ilaiyaraaja in promoting this ground breaking venture to further the arts and culture of the Tamil people.Tamil Maiyam is also committed to serious research on Tamil language and society. It is headquartered at Chennai, India.
At present Mr Ilaiyaraaja is working on a major aspect of this project to write the score for selected songs from the Thiruvasakam in the Western symphonic format. He is the only Asian so far to have been accorded the rare honour of performing a symphony at the Royal Albert Hall, London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. There is no doubt that this Thiruvasakam in Symphonic Fantasy will be the ultimate fulfillment of his dream to coalesce the best of Tamil and Western classical music to the discernment of the modern international stage. Having composed more than 5000 songs, scored music for 825 movies and conducted countless number of concerts this project according to him has been ‘his prayer’ for a long time.
This is perhaps the first ever attempt to write Indian music using Western symphonic language without compromising the much celebrated beauty and aesthetics of the former. It cannot be just fusion, for that will be crude. It will be an audacious synthesis that draws on the best of both systems; thus producing a celebration of creativity. Why does Mr. Ilaiyaraaja want to attempt something as complex as this undertaking? It is like asking why men want to climb Mount Everest or walk to the North Pole. It is a challenge for heroes and great human beings to do the extra-ordinary and Ilaiyaraaja wants to leave his musical landmark for generations of Tamils to come. It is indeed refreshing, he says, that a Catholic Priest like Fr Jegath Gaspar Raj is in the front line to internationally promote Thiruvasakam in this seminal format.
The Thiruvasakam has been chosen for this eclectic project because of its spiritual depth and poetic beauty. No one can fail to be stirred by its profound emotions while reading the verses. They have touched for generations the hearts and minds of the vast majority of Tamil speaking people. Has the longing of the human soul for purity, peace and divine fellowship ever found worthier expression?
A number of leading directors of music and international musicians have paid their tributes to Mr Ilaiyaraaja and sent their best wishes for the success of this project. His Excellency, The Prime Minister of India has described it as noteworthy and sent his best wishes.
The music album is due to be released on October 18, 2003 at a formal function in Chennai. For more details please visit : or Contact Rev. Jegath Gaspar at 00-91-44-31041071 or 00 91 9840378334 or 00 91 44 55873355. Email :
May 05, 2003

Press Release by: Tamil Maiyam, 12/45-1A Mount-Poonamallee High Road, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai 600 016.


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