In a move that has received kudos from online fans of veteran music director Ilaiyaraaja, Tamil film director Mysskin has released free of cost the background music score (BGM) of his film ‘Onaiyum Aatukuttiyum’ (The Wolf and the Lamb).
Ten BGM tracks that the maestro had composed for the chase thriller are available as mp3 downloads on the website of Mysskin’s production house Lone Wolf Productions: www.lonewolfproductions.in.
On Monday, e-commerce website www.600024.com announced that it was selling the audio CD featuring the entire album in uncompressed Wav format for ‘zero rupees’. The buyers would have to just pay courier charges. There is also a ‘pay-what-you-want’ option, the proceeds of which will go to support the Chennai-based charity home Vasantham Special School.
Mysskin, who is widely known to be an ardent fan of Ilaiyaraaja, said he was so touched by the background music that he felt the need to share it with everyone.
“I played the BGM score for a few of my friends, who are also Ilaiyaraaja fans,” he said in a telephonic interview with The Hindu. “They showed great interest in hearing the music again and again. They requested me for copies. That is when I realised that the music was so divine that it had to be shared for free.”
This is Mysskin’s second collaboration with Ilaiyaraaja after ‘Nandalala’ (2010). “I don’t want to make a single rupee by monetising Ilaiyaraaja sir’s music,” he added. “Whatever he composes for me in the future, I have decided to share it with the world for free.”
As a further tribute to the maestro, Mysskin requested acclaimed artist Trotsky Maruthu to do the cover art for the CDs. It includes a hand-drawn sketch of Ilayiaraaja.