Annakili Tamil Movie Songs by Ilayaraja
Directed by Devaraj Mohan
Produced by P. Thamizharasi
Written by Panju Arunachalam
Story by R. Selvaraj
Starring Sivakumar, Sujatha
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography by A. Somasundaram
Release Date: 14 May 1976
Audio Company: EMI
About Annakili Music
The film’s soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja who made his debut as composer with this film and lyrics were written by Panchu Arunachalam. Selvaraj insisted to have Pavalar Brothers to compose the music but Panchu selected to David Rasaiyya to compose as he felt it was not appropriate to have three brothers to compose music. Panchu Arunachalam added “Ilaiya” (Ilaiya means younger in Tamil language) as prefix in his name Raaja and he named as “Ilaiyaraaja” because in the 1970s there was one more music director A. M. Rajah who was a popular one. For the soundtrack, Ilaiyaraaja applied the techniques of modern popular film music orchestration to Tamil folk poetry and folk song melodies, which created a fusion of Western and Tamil idioms. The song “Machanai Paartheengala” was originally composed and sung at a marriage by Ilaiyaraaja and his orchestra even before the film’s release. Raja wanted Lata Mangeshkar to sing the title song however due to her non-availability he chose Janaki to sing the song. Although before choosing Janaki, the famous folk artist at that time L. R.Eswari was preferred. Eswari apparently rejected as the music direction is by a newcomer. Ilaiyaraaja after that never used L.R.Eswari for ever. The violin portions of the song were used by music director K for the song “Bar Anthem” in Mugamoodi (2012). The song “Sonthamillai Banthamillai” is based on Nadanamakriya raga. All the songs were well received with Dhananjayan noting that the songs “helped tremendously in film’s success”.
About Annakili Movie
: Annakili is a 1976 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Devaraj Mohan, starring Sivakumar, Sujatha and Phataphat Jayalaxmi in lead roles.
The film was produced by SP Thamizharasi under the production banner “SPT Films”. The film stars Sivakumar, Sujatha in lead roles with Sreekanth, Thengai Srinivasan and SV Subbiah playing supporting roles. The film’s story was written by R. Selvaraj and the screenplay, dialogues and lyrics were written by Panchu Arunachalam. A. Somasundaram and Kandasamy handled cinematography and editing respectively.
The film revolves around Annakili who falls in love with teacher Thyagarajan. Due to circumstances, Thyagarajan marries another girl. Azhagappan, a womaniser creates misunderstanding about Annakili among villagers, rest of the film shows how Annakili proves her innocence. The film was released on 14 May 1976 with a reel length of 3,654 metres (11,988 ft) and became a commercial success at box office. The film was screened at Indian Panorama Film Festival in 1978.
The film’s soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja who made his debut as composer with this film.