Balabharathi, who has composed music for around 21 films, is known for his work in “Amaravathi,” which incidentally marked Ajith's debut as a hero in Kollywood. Now, the man is looking to impress audiences with his music in “Naanga,” which has been directed by Selva. “The film is set in the Eighties and therefore, I have had to compose songs similar to the hits of the period,” says Bharathi. But then, most chartbusters then were composed by Ilaiyaraja. Does that mean he has reproduced the songs scored by the maestro in “Naanga”?

Balabharathi quickly refutes, saying, “No. What I have done is compose songs in the same ragas used by the maestro. There are eight songs in ‘Naanga.' The first song, ‘Muthamizhilae,' is similar to the hit number ‘Pani vizhum malar vanam' which is based on the raga Thilang. ‘Adiyae' sounds like ‘Maamen oru na maliyapoo koduthan,' which is based on Harikambodhi. ‘Ithazhil kathai' is inspired by ‘Thendral Vandhu,' based on Hamsanadham, while ‘Devathaiya' is like ‘Nee oru kadhal sangeetham' from ‘Nayagan.' This song is based on the raga Kalyani. The next number, ‘Enathu nenjile,' is on the lines of ‘Enge sellum' (Shuddha Dhanyasi) and ‘Enge enge kadhal enge' is based on Sumanesa Ranjani, the raga in which the hit number ‘Etho ninaivugal' was composed. Apart from these, there is a title song and a second version of ‘Devathaiya'.”