Legendary music composer Ilaiyaraja was honoured with the prestigious Centenary Award for lifetime achievement during the inaugural ceremony of the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa this evening. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony, gave away the award to the Maestro along with the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley. The event was greeted with a standing ovation.
Speaking on the occasion, Ilayaraja said that
he was always for “making music in films that is divine” and expressed pain over the rising violence in the world. The legend then pleaded with the government to make music a compulsory subject in schools and colleges and stated that violence in the society will come down with music.
Ilayaraja’s 1000th film, Thara Thappattai, and his Telugu film, Abbayitho Ammayi, are gearing up for a grand musical release soon.