Isaignani celebrates birthday today

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 Isaignani celebrates birthday today

Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja turned 68 today. 68 doesn't appear like a magical number, but 30, 950 and 4500 sure will. Don't get confused! That's the maestro's achievement in numbers. In a musical career spanning 30 years, he has composed songs for 950 movies and 4500 singles. Considered one of the faces of Indian cine music and one of the top selling artists in the world, Ilaiyaraaja is a perfect example of how talent and persistence could overcome hardships.

In a recent conversation with a daily, the maestro revealed that his first salary was in class nine, when he used to water plants for a rupee a day to pay his school fees. "I am no legend as people call me, I am just a simple man with a passion for music," concluded the doyen, who is being showered with birthday wishes from his fans all around the world.

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