Music Maestro Ilaiyaraaja Collaborates With Budapest Symphony Orchestra For ‘Music School’
Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra come together for ‘Music School’. The film, which also features three songs from ‘The Sound of Music’, orchestrated by the London Philharmonic Orchestra has the music and background score from the musician.
The film features 11 songs of which three are from the all-time favorite classic, The Sound of Music. Music School stars Sharman Joshi and Shriya Saran and discusses how the academic system leaves children with not enough time to pursue art and leisure activities.
Talking about Dr. Ilaiyaraaja giving background music in the film, writer and director Papa Rao Biyyala said, “Dr. Ilaiyaraaja has written many parts of the film’s background music for a symphony orchestra. “Hence we approached the Budapest Symphony Orchestra – one of the leading orchestras in the world.”
According to Papa Rao Biyyala, the team obtained the rights for the songs ‘Do Re Mi’, ‘I am 16 Going on 17’ and ‘So Long, farewell’ from The Sound of Music to be used in the film. The three songs were orchestrated by the London Philharmonic Orchestra prior to the shoot of the film. So Ilaiyaraaja and Biyyala thought it would be apt to have an orchestra of equal stature, like the Budapest Symphony, score the rest of the music of the film.
The recording was done at the Tom-Tom Studio in Budapest and Laszlo Kovacs conducted the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. “I am very happy that Raaja sir gave so much time and involvement to his film,” director Biyyala said.
Along with Shriya Saran and Sharman Joshi, the film also stars Shaan, Prakash Raj, Suhasini Mulay, Benjamin Gilani, Gracy Goswami and Ozu Barua. One of India’s ace cinematographers Kiran Deohans filmed Music School.
Music School will be screened on the 12th and 18th of September in the industry/market section at the Toronto International Film Festival.