Ilayaraja, also spelt as Ilaiyaraaja, is turning a year older on Friday, June 2, as he celebrates his 73rd birthday. 

The Music Maestro started his career with Annakili in the year 1976. He has since then composed the music for 1,000 films and over 8,000 songs. Ilayaraja has left his imprint on not just Tamil but in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam languages. Here we have selected his top 10 Malayalam songs for you guys.


1)  Vezhambal Kezhum from Olangal

The lyrics was writen by ONV Kurup, music by Ilayaraja and the singers are KJ Yesudas, S Janaki


2) Thumbi Vaa Thumbakudathin from Olangal.

Lyrics by ONV Kurup, music by Ilayaraja and singer S Janaki



3) Kuliradunnu Maanathu from Olangal

Music is by Ilayaraja, lyrics ONV Kurup and singer S.Janaki 


4) Kiliye kiliye from Aa Rathri 

Lyrics by Poovachal Khader, music by Ilayaraja and singers S Janaki


5) Aalippazham perukkaan from My Dear Kuttichathan

Music by Ilaiyaraaja, lyrics by Kaithapram and singer S. Janaki, S. P. Sailaja


6) Aattirambile Kombile from Kaalapani

Music by Ilaiyaraaja, lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery, singers are M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chith



7) Thannannam Thaanannam Thaalathilaadi from Yathra

Lyrics by ONV Kurup, sung by K J Yesudas, Ambili and music by Ilaiyaraaja



8) Kakkala Kannamma from Oru Yathramozhi

Lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery, music: Ilaiyaraaja, singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, M. G. Sreekumar



9)  Devasangeetham Neeyalle from Guru

Lyrics by S.Ramesan Nair, music by Ilayaraja, singers by K.J.Yesudas and Radhika Thilak 


10) Marakkudayal Mugham Marakkum from Manassinakkare

Music by Ilaiyaraaja, lyrics Gireesh Puthenchery and sung by M G Sreekumar