“Without Raja Sir (Ilayaraja), the world of cinema and music would have been empty. So many others wouldn’t even have had a career if there was no Raja Sir in the industry,” western classical pianist Anil Srinivasan told Covai Post.
In an interview with Covai Post, post the ‘Face to Face’ event conducted by the GRD School of Commerce and International Business, Anil Srinivasan shared his views on various aspects of music.
When asked about composer M.S. Vishwanathan, he said “MSV is like the father figure of cinema music. Various others had composed music before him, but most of the compositions were classical tunes-based. It was MSV who introduced disco, pop, rock, and lot more genres and templates into Indian cine music. He was never into controversies and he had an excellent rapport with both A.R Rahman and Ilayaraja.”
About young music composers, “I feel lucky to be alive at the time when composers like Santhosh Narayanan are in the field. I’m glad that people like Anirudh, G.V. Prakash Kumar, Sean Roldan, Santosh Narayanan, and Girish Gopalakrishnan have found their own niches. I’m specifically happy about Sean Roldan, a student of mine. Cinema is a great medium and these people are making proper use of it.”
When asked about his association with NalandaWay , a non-profit organization that works with children from the poorest districts in India by helping them raise their voices and issues through the media of entertainment, he said: “I’m glad to be associated with Nalandaway. It was initiated by my very good friend Sriram Iyer. He left his IT job to bring art into the life of underprivileged children and kids at juvenile homes.”
About Sikkil Gurucharan, a classical vocalist and a close friend of his, “We’ve been friends for a long time. It has always been a special collaboration, performing worldwide together. The idea of teaming up occurred when I started to think about associating classical music and piano,” he said and grinned.
In response to questions about his experiences in theatre and cinema, he said, “All art forms are interconnected. Theatre is finding a new life and new forms. I’ve worked with people like Mahesh Dattani, and Karthk Kumar of Evam who is a very good friend of mine.”
His advice to aspiring, young musicians?
“Develop a thick skin,” he said. “A break doesn’t come in an easy way to everyone.”