Watched all three parts of ILayaraaja's concert on JayaTV, and wept through many songs. Especially during Three-in-One when he sang it with lyric. The audience was truly blessed that day, and I missed being in that kind of environment.
As a school kid, I was a Rahman fan, and thought Ilayaraja was a dull composer of village songs. It was only during college that I started tasting Raaja's delicacies, and became permanently attached to them!
Grouse: I hate it when Raaja encourages off key singers like Yuvan Shankar and Bavadharini just because they are his offspring. Earlier it was just an occasional Asha Bhosle or Lata. But today, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam and Shreya Ghoshal sing most of Raaja's songs, needless to say, with horrible accent.
Instead of composing albums like Karagaattakkaari and spoiling his name, I wish Raaja would "re-record" all his classics with modern equipment. Imagine how "Andhi Mazhai Pozhigiradhu" and "ILaya Nilaa" would sound if recorded with today's advanced equipment!
I bought the Thiruvasagam CD long ago, but haven't listened to it till date because I am waiting to listen to it ONLY on a superior music system, nothing less. Hope that day will come soon!