“Make music compulsory in education, from school to college level, violence will automatically be reduced”, said Illyaraja, the South-based Indian legend of music in the film industry.
The Padmabhushan recipient was honoured with the “Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year” at the 46th edition of International Film Festival of India in Goa today evening.
Stating that he always created divine music, Illyaraja recalled the sad music he composed for a scene of students fighting in the Ram Gopal Varma’s film.
“When Ram Gopal asked me why sad music for a fight, I told him: I feel sad when students fight.”
Music is like water, he said, turning into different moods in the sea, river, well etc.
The 72-year old music maestro repeatedly spoke on increasing violence in the society and appealed to the union and state ministers as well as officials to introduce music in education in order to bring down the violence.
He also recited a tune to tell how he has composed his whole music – both Anatara and Mukhada – with only three musical notes, amidst huge applause from the audience at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium.
Bollywood film star Anil Kapoor, who felicitated Illyaraja, recalled his initial struggle in the film industry four decades ago, when the music maestro had come to his rescue.