Vardha created havoc in Chennai and hence I was not able to post any songs for you. While Chennai is getting back on its feet, I am here to soothe your heart with a track from How to Name it?

The album was the first crossover album of Raaja released in 1986. The music is a fusion of Baroque style (mainly inspired by Raaja’s favourite Bach) and Carnatic (inspired by Thiyagaraja’s compositions). It consists of 10 pieces and Oriental records that released the second version of the album misrepresented some of the tracks on the album.  This is was revealed by Ilaiyaraaja at a concert arranged by Bavatharini. The solo violin was performed by Ambi Subramaniam (son of L. Subramaniam) along with an amazing orchestra.

The tracks were originally performed by VS Narasimhan (now part of Madras Quartet). This particular track is imagined as if Thiyagaraja and Bach are having a conversation. The music starts with Hamsadvini and then moves to Bach when he plays the western equivalent. The musical piece alters between Carnatic and Western styles like a conversation. I think the piece moves towards Charukesi and back to Hamsadvini. Just listen and enjoy

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And we had a talk.. (How to name it)
And we had a talk is a special track in How to name it that is conceptualised as a conversation between Bach and Thiyagaraja. Project Ilaiyaraaja celebrates the brilliance of Maestro Ilaiyaraaja one song a day

The title track ‘How to name it’ was used by Balu Mahendra in Veedu as the background score. Listen to the entire album in this link –

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