Music trends on the Web
Tamil songs are propped up by a rich and ancient history of classical music. In modern times, the most popular Tamil music comes from cinema. However, there is an equally rich collection of devotional, folk and Carnatic music available.
There are also some online radio stations, which offer you a variety of free songs. Today, popular downloads are composed by film music-directors like AR Rahman and Illayaraja who are household names now. Rahman was himself once a student of Illayaraja, and has composed songs in a series of successful films in both Hindi and Tamil, like Roja, Bombay and Dil Se.
Amongst the collection of Indian music available online, you will find an abundance of Tamil songs. Downloading music off the Internet has been a matter of debate for the past few years, especially in the USA. But nobody has been able to stop the trend and slowly, even the debate has died down.
There are several sites that offer free Tamil film songs & music downloads and millions who use the facility. Most of those who download songs are youngsters, who do not want to pick up a whole on a CD or tape, when they only like one song on the album. Also, many people are being introduced to new genres of song that they would otherwise not be exposed to, through Television or Radio, which only play the latest hit numbers.
Through cultural music resources, you can discover the roots of your favorite genre, or learn to appreciate your own cultural roots, through appreciation of the songs in your mother tongue, be it Tamil or Persian or Bhojpuri.
Rahman, Illayaraja and Yesudass are some of the most frequently downloaded Tamil musicians. Other names that are often searched for include the singers Hariharan and Unni Krishnan, and composer SA Rajkumar.
There are also a wide variety of popular religious songs in Tamil. The genre started with Keertanas and devotional Raagas but is not restricted to Hinduism any more. Now, there are several Christian or Muslim religious songs to be heard. Related: Tamil movies