Devendran bounces back
‘Kannukkul nooru nilava….Idhu oru kanava…’ ‘Kadhal kayangaley….Neengal aarungalen…’ Devendran, the man behind these two evergreen songs and many more hit numbers of Tamil cinema, is making a strong comeback.

The once celebrated music composer is currently busy with two Kollywood projects- ‘Pandiapuram’ and ‘Balu Thambi Manasile’, a film titled ‘MI 7’ produced by a London-based Tamil producer, and handful of devotional and other music albums.

Speaking to, Devendran, who just came out from a recording session at a studio in Vadapalani, said, “My entry into films was purely an accident, thanks to director R Sundararajan.”

Going down the memory lane, he said, “I was working a music teacher at a school in Thiruvottiyur. With the support of prinicipal Pushpam Amalraj, I was imparting music knowledge to students there when Sundararajan came to the school as the chief guest for a function.”

“Impressed by a song performed by the students, which was composed by me, the popular director announced at the function itself that I would be the music composer of his next project.”

“However, since the project could not take off as announced, producer Kovai Thambi gave me the opportunity to make my debut as a music composer with Mannukkul Vairam. For the film, I slightly changed the song which I composed for the school function and it was the hit number Pongiyadhey kadhal vellam…”

Throwing light on how he composed ‘Kannukkul nooru nilava…’, Devendran said, “I initially composed a fusion tune for the particular song in Vedham Pudhidhu and went for recording. However, Bharathiraja insisted me to rework on it. Since the time is too short, I modified it to a certain extent which was appreciated by the director. Thus born Kannukkul nooru nilava…”

Saying that he then became busy by scoring music to Tamil and Telugu films, the music director added: “Things have changed a lot now. I can understand the demands of today’s music and hopefully would live up to the expectations.”

Devendran also expressed his desire to focus on ‘music of the land’, rather than giving importance to music styles of other countries. “Only then our music would get a fresh lease of life. We should start doing it at least in a small way. Because, big things happen when we do small things right,” he said, before signing off.

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