Nothing But Wind is a second crossover album that was released in 1988. An album that showcases the natural elements and sounds was performed by Hari Prasad Chaurasia. In 2010, I had the opportunity of witnessing a live orchestra playing the entire album with Navin Iyer performing the flute. 

Here is an anecdote from the event

Initially, when Hari Prasad Chaurasia saw the musical notes and considered that it was simple. But when he met Raaja, even when he explained the notes to him, Pandit was reluctant to do it. Once he started playing for the recording, he fell in love with the notes and even said that he can’t play with a single flute. It took 7 days to record the 5 musical pieces for which Raaja took only half an hour per piece to write them. There was a sixth piece which didn’t make it to the original record and guess who got the opportunity to take it to his movie – Kamal Hassan

Today’s musical piece

There are 5 musical pieces on the album. I am going to point you to the last piece aptly titled Nothing but wind. The entire piece is based on different natural sounds that you would listen in real life and the piece is really funky.

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Nothing But Wind Ilaiyaraaja
Projekt Ilaiyaraaja is a year long project of posting Maestro Ilaiyaraaja Songs - Nothing but wind is one of the earliest crossover albums of Ilaiyaraaja that was performed by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Part of the pieces has been used in movies. The part that starts from 6.00 to 8:28 was used in a movie’s background score but I couldn’t remember the movie – If you can find it, please inform me. The video above is not the complete version – you can listen to the complete one in the below video performed by Navin Iyer.

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Nothing but wind performed by Navin Iyer

The last bit in the complete version was used for an interesting scene in a movie – Ammuvagiya Naan. The lead protagonist is a writer and he marries a sex worker. During the wedding night, he wants her to sleep alone as she hasn’t enjoyed the loneliness of the night. But she doesn’t get sleep as she is troubled by her past. He plays this music to give the peace she needs. An amazing sequence directed by Padma Magan.

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Ammuvagiya Naan - Nothing but wind

The sixth piece

Kamal Hassan had the opportunity of listening to the album before the release. There was a tune that wasn’t added to the original cassette due to lack of space. And it was used by Kamal Hassan in a movie.

Oh, there was another song recorded for the same situation in Sathya. It was discarded to accommodate Valaiosai. It was featured in the last season of Projekt Ilaiyaraaja.

Projekt Ilaiyaraaja 128/365 – Ingeyum Angeyum

You can listen to the entire album here

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Posted by Sylvian

Marketing Analyst by profession, a quizzer by passion, a blogger by choice, a poet by chance, a non-conformist by gene and a rebel by birth


  1. i love the way the rhythm is produced – in the first video… thanks for introducing this to me 🙂


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