Indian Music composer Mr Ilayaraja was selected for the country’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan. He is among the 85 personalities named for the 2018 Padma Awards by the Indian government.
“The Padma Vibhushan award conferred upon me is an indication of PM Narendra Modi led government’s respect for Tamil people and Tamil Nadu,” Ilaiyaraaja told reporters.
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Ilaiyaraaja, 74, has so far won five National Film Awards. He is also an instrumentalist, singer and a songwriter, who has primarily composed music for Tamil films. He was conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2010. In a career spanning over four decades, he has worked for over 1,000 films