Ilayaraja 75: Kamal says it was music maestro who asked him to join politics

The highlight of the ‘Ilayaraja 75’ show at Nandanam YMCA Grounds Sunday evening was actor Kamal Haasan. He chose to share the stage with Ilayaraja and croon with the orchestra some of his popular numbers from Sigappu Rojakkal till Hey Ram. Taking a trip down to the past, he shared his experiences on singing for Ilayaraja.

Kamal Haasan said, “It was Ilayaraja who advised me to enter politics and serve the people. It was a secret until now.”

Ilayaraja, who did not refute it, using a musical idiom, said laughingly, “When did I ask you to come and when have you come?”

Interestingly, Kamal Haasan was accompanied on stage by his daughter Shruti Haasan who sang a few numbers.

M BHARAT KUMAR