# Second Highest Indian Civilian Award Padma Vibhushan For 'Isaignani' Ilaiyaraaja

Legendary composer Ilaiyaraaja, 74, has been selected for the second highest civilian award in the country, the Padma Vibhushan by the Home Ministry of India. In a statement, the 'Isaignani' said, * "The Padma Vibhushan award conferred upon me is an indication of PM Modi led government's respect to Tamil people and Tamil Nadu"*.

The Padma Vibhushan being conferred on the iconic composer comes after he was earlier bestowed with the Padma Bhushan in 2010. Ilaiyaraaja has also seen the pinnacle of success in the form of winning five National Film Awards. A composer, singer and songwriter, Ilaiyaraaja has scored music for over 1000 films (primarily in Tamil and a few in Hindi and other south Indian films) in a career that spans over four decades.

Post the announcement of the honors, the Tamil film fraternity took to Twitter to wish the 'Maestro' including Kamal Haasan.

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— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) January 25, 2018

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Actor turned politician Vijayakanth too conveyed his wishes to Ilayaraja.

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— Vijayakant (@iVijayakant) January 25, 2018

Academy Award-winning music director A. R. Rahman congratulated the veteran composer on the achievement.

My best wishes and respect to Ustad Gulam Mustafaji and Ilayaraja saab for being conferred the Padma Vibhushan

— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) January 25, 2018

Actor Vishal said this is a proud moment for all of us.

Govt of India announces Nation's 2nd highest civilian award #PadmaVibhushan to the God of music #Ilayaraja sir. Hearty congratulations to you sir!proud moment to all of us. God bless

— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) January 25, 2018

Actor and producer Manobala congratulated him and said he was most happy.

Bhathmavibooshan for isai znani..

— manobala (@manobalam) January 25, 2018

Soooo happy..congrats sir

Actor Kasthuri Shankar declared Ilaiyaraaja was a living god.

Hail the living God of music Padma Vibushan Ilaiyaraja !

— kasturi shankar (@KasthuriShankar) January 25, 2018

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Singer and actor Krish reminisced his experiences working with the composer and posted his wishes.

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— Krish (@krishoffl) January 25, 2018

Composer Devi Sri Prasad too went on to proclaim Ilaiyaraaja will always be the "King" and an inspiration to all.

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— DEVI SRI PRASAD (@ThisIsDSP) January 25, 2018

Team Galatta takes this opportunity to wish Ilaiyaraaja sir on this historic accomplishment.