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End of an era - Harris and Goutham to work together no more

Thursday, November 13, 2008 • Tamil Comments

Acclaimed director Goutham Menon and music composer Harris Jayaraj made their debut in 'Minnale' which starred Madhavan and Reema Sen. They went on to render hits in 'Khaakka Khaakha', 'Pachaikili Muthucharam', 'Vettaiyadu Vilayadu' and the to-be released 'Varanam Aayiram'.

Now the duo has split. Without divulging any reasons for their break up, Harris Jayaraj said, 'we are forced to take the decision. There is no ill-feeling between us. I wish him all the best in all his future endeavors'.

It may be noted that AR Rahman is composing music for Goutham Menon's next film 'Chennaiyul Oru Mazhaikalam'.

Recently, another duo Selvaraghavan and music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, who had worked together in many films together, parted ways.

Meanwhile Harris Jayaraj has sent out a letter to the media confirming the break-up.

Here's the transcript of Harris Jayaraj's letter to the media….

Praise The Lord

Dear Sirs,

Myself and Gowtham Menon debuted together in 2001. Right from Minnalae, Khaaka Khaaka, Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu, patchaikili muthucharam and now Vaaranam Aayiram has been well received and appreciated by the mass and media.

Apart from good films these films helped to explore my versatility and showcased my talent to the world and kept me where I am today. By the grace of god we have given some of the best musical blockbusters and never thought our combination would create such magic when we started our career and it still surprises us even after 8 years.... apart from others, his movies have played a vital role so far.

I have a very good respect for Mr. Gowtham menon and in return he has reciprocated the same. But now, things have gone sour that it's better for us to part ways as good friends leaving behind some beautiful memories. With a heavy heart I have to take this decision on behalf of us. I know this might disappoint my fans, music lovers and well wishers in the industry. But, it's best for us to leave it at this, since I always believed that to create soul stirring music, the bond between a Music composer and the director is vital.

Once it's lost, it is difficult to get back. So I take this opportunity to thank Gowtham Menon, our team, media and my fans who made the music of ‘Vaaranam Aayiram a memorable album in the history of Tamil film music and I wish him all the best.

Best Regards,
Harris Jayaraj

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