Kundapur: The name Gnanadesikan may not sound familiar. But the mention of Ilayaraja will chime many musical notes in the ears of music-lovers.
The multilingual music director of southern Indian language movies visited Shri Mookambika temple in Kollur on Wednesday. He offered special pujas and took part in the ‘Navagraha Poorvaka Chandika Homa Sankalpa’.
Temple executive officer T R Uma, superintendent Ramakrishna Adiga and others welcomed and honoured Ilayaraja on behalf of the management. Temple priest Shridhar Adiga led the rituals.
Ilayaraaja has been a staunch devotee of the Kollur deity and keeps visiting the temple at least twice a year. He credits his success in music totally to his devotion towards Mookambika.
It may be recalled here that the marriage of his daughter Bhavatharini, a singer and music director in her own right, was organized by him in Kollur temple a few years ago. One of his sons, Yuvan Shankar Raja is also a music director.
He believes in the universal appeal of music with no linguistic barriers. Hence he has been successful in scoring music for movies in different languages like Tamil, Malayalam,