The Oscar-Grammy winner posted on his online page: Uncle Viji Manuel was my co-musician when I played sessions with Dr Ilayaraja 28 years ago. He said further: Bed-ridden for the past five years, doctors lost faith that he would be back on his feet. But he proved them wrong.
The Oscar-Grammy winner added: “He dropped in last week, played jazz and stunned us all. The power of prayers and a strong resolute mind fail to amaze”