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Budapest Symphony Orchestra scores for Ilaiyaraaja's Music School

The Indian film is directed by Papa Rao Biyyala and is inspired by the classic The Sound of Music, to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival

Budapest Symphony Orchestra scores for Ilaiyaraaja's Music School
Ilaiyaraja records music in Budapest
  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 09.15 AM, Sep 03, 2022

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The much-awaited film Music School, a directorial venture of Papa Rao Biyyala and a musical vision by the iconic composer Ilaiyaraaja, becomes bigger as the makers record the background score of the film in Budapest with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra this week.

The film features 11 songs, including three from the Oscar-winning, much-loved classic, The Sound of Music. All songs are composed by Ilaiyaraja.

For Music School, three songs from The Sound of Music were orchestrated by the London Philharmonic Orchestra before the shoot of the film.

Keeping the thought of maintaining an orchestra of equal stature in mind, the makers approached the Budapest Symphony.

Music School is written and directed by Papa Rao Biyyala. "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," said the director.

The recording was done at the Tom-Tom Studio in Budapest, and Laszlo Kovacs conducted the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.

The story of the film Music School addresses the issue of academic pressure that parents and the education system are constantly putting on young adults and even children from a very early stage of their lives to become doctors, engineers, and other experts to compete in the world outside that is snatching the innocence of their childhood. Learning and appreciating music and art can visibly help to offer children a better future and a healthy mind.

The film features Shriya Saran, Sharman Joshi, Shaan, Prakash Raj, and Suhasini Mulay, among others. It has been shot in Goa and various other places across the country.

Produced by Yamini Films, the film is all set to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12 and September 18, under the industry/market section. The film Music School is slated for release on November 11 in theatres.

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