June 2nd is Ilayaraja's birthday (though he celebrates it on June 3rd) and I happened to write a song on him on this occasion, thanks to Suresh Sistla. Suresh, being a great fan of Ilayaraja, planned to organize a celebration to honor Ilayaraja. We were casually chatting about the event when the idea occurred to us that we should compose a song as a tribute to the musical genius. Since we did not have time, we decided to reuse a beautiful melody composed earlier by Suresh Sistla for the movie "The Girl Upstairs". Writing a song on someone like Ilayaraja is no easy task and after some struggle I could write a decent lyric (or so I think!) in the time constraints we had. Frankly speaking, I was not very satisfied with my lyric but after listening to the recorded version, wonderfully sung by Sushma Suresh, I could say with confidence that this is definitely a very good song. Many thanks to Suresh and Sushma for uplifting the lyric with their musical talent. Here I present the lyric with a rough English translation for the benefit of the non-Telugu Ilayaraja fans.
ఈ ఇలపై మా కొరకై ఎలపాటై రవళించావో!
ee ilapai maa korakai elapaaTai ravaLiMchaavO!
You came down to earth for us, as a reverberating gentle song
సరిగమలకు శ్రుతిలయలకు మునుపెరుగని సొగసిచ్చావో!
sarigamalaku Srutilayalaku munuperugani sogasichchaavO!
You rendered unseen beauty to the seven musical notes, to the musical progressions and rythms
నీ గీతమె ఓ యోగము, స్వరజ్ఞానివి నీవేలే
nee geetame O yOgamu, svaraj~naanivi neevaelae
Your song is a spiritual experience and you, a true musical genius
సంగీతమె నీ రాజ్యము, రసరాజువి నువ్వేలే
saMgeetame nee raajyamu, rasaraajuvi nuvvaelae
Music is but your kingdom, you being the king of aesthetic taste in music
మా ప్రాణము మా మౌనము నీ పాటల పరమైపోయె
maa praaNamu maa maunamu nee paaTala paramaipOye
Our life and our silence got dedicated to your songs!
మా ఎదలయలో ఇళయరాజాయే!
maa edalayalO iLayaraajaayae!
Our hearts beat for you and you alone
నీ మధురిమలో మంత్రించావే!
nee madhurimalO maMtriMchaavae!