Will an Ilayaraja song open London Olympics?

Naanthaan ungappanda (Tamil for I am your father), a song composed by Ilayaraja for the 1981 Kamal Haasan film Ram Laxman, and sung by S.P. Balasubramanyam, is reported to be part of the playlist for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, being directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.

Boyle has recreated a London countryside for the opening ceremony and Ilayaraja’s number is said to be based on a folk number. Boyle had gone with A.R. Rahman for the Oscar-sweeeping film Slumdog, whose signature track Jai Ho was sung by the Mysorean, Vijay Prakash.

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