In previous interviews of Ilaiyaraja, as always is the case, questions were asked by lesser mortals on how he wrote that score or this; how he met that director or this musician; how he felt about that success or this failure.
Till I saw Gautam Vasudev Menon’s interview with Ilaiyaraja in the pretext of Neethaane En Ponvasantham’s audio launch, this remained so true that I started watching this interview with oh-no-not-again feeling.
A very deep observation. Best understood by a factual expansion of his first statement - which he does not show any emotion to the cast, crew or budget or to any other extraneous parameters but is only commissioned on the theme and what it demands from him.
“I realized that I am capable of writing this kind of music after I finished writing this…” said Raja. He and Goutam discuss about how the Hungarian conductor and the British musicians and engineers, while working for the NPV album, had said that the music was not western classical music nor could it be classified as Indian music.