Yuvan Shankar Raja

Music Director, Singer
Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil) for 7G Rainbow Colony (2004), Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for Pattiyal (2006), Cyprus International Film Festival Award For Best Musical Score Feature Film for Raam (2006), Aanada Vikatan
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Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Real/Other Names:: Yuvan
Date of Birth:: August 31, 1979(Age-31)
Place of Birth:: Chennai

Family and Relations

Father: Ilaiyaraaja

Mini Biography

Yuvan Shankar is the youngest son of legendary musician 'Maestro' Ilaiyaraaja and younger brother of music director, Karthik Raja and playback singer-cum-music director, Bhavatharini.Yuvan once confessed, that his brother Karthik Raja is more talentedthan him, but did not get a successful break into the music business,since he didn't get a "good team to work with".
Noted film director and film composer Gangai Amaran and late R. D. Bhaskar are his uncles and their sons Venkat Prabhu, Premji Amaran and Parthy Bhaskar, who are working in the Tamil film industryas well, are his cousins. Moreover, Yuvan Shankar and both the sons ofGangai Amaran, do often associate with each other and have often workedtogether, the results of which have been very successful. Venkat Prabhu's filmshave had all musical score by Yuvan, while Premji had assisted himcomposing music some years, before becoming an independent composeraside form the fact, that both have sung several songs under thedirection of Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Film score and soundtracks
had happenend, which he says was, in fact, purely accidental.In 1996, at the age of 16, Yuvan Shankar Raja got the opportunity to compose a film score, when T. Siva, the producer of the Tamil language film Aravindhan, asked to compose music for a trailer of the film after hearing some tunes, Yuvan had composed for his album. Impressed of which, Siva gave him the assignment to compose the entire film score including a soundtrack for that film. His entry into the Tamil film industry.
Subsequently he broke into the Kollywood music scene by composing film scores and soundtracks for Vasanth's Poovellam Kettuppar, Kasthuri Raja and Selvaraghavan's Thulluvadho Ilamai, A. R. Murugadoss' Dheena and Bala's Nandha, which were lauded, got immensely popular and proved his talent and versatility.Other soundtracks on which he has worked include Manmadhan, Kadhal Kondein, 7G Rainbow Colony, and Kanda Naal Mudhal. His soundtracks for the films Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Billa, Satham Podathey, Manmadhan and Vallavan established him as a leading composer. Soundtracks of films like Pudhupettai, which featured a traditional orchestral score played by Chapraya Symphony Orchestra in Bangkok,or Katrathu Tamil were critically acclaimed.Yuvan Shankar Raja’s collaborations with the directors Selvaraghavan, Ameer Sultan, Silambarasan, Venkat Prabhu, Vasanth and Vishnuvardhan have resulted in successful soundtracks.

He has been heralded as one of the top music composers in Chennai.His album with Sony is an eagerly expected one and other than this, hehas a long list of 16 other films for which he is the composer. He isalso well known for his re-recording/background music in his films likePudhupettai, 7/G Rainbow Colony, Raam, Kadhal kondaen,etc. He is alsothe only music director in the tamil film industry to win the bestmusic composer award for the film 'Raam' in the Cyprus Internationalfilm festival.

Besides Tamil films, he has also scored music for films in other South Indian languages. Around 25 of the Tamil films, for which he had composed music, were afterwards dubbed into Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam languages as were the respective soundtracks. Apart from these ones, he also worked "straightly" on Telugu projects such as Seshu, Malli Malli Chudali, Happy, Raam, Raju Bhai and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule, making him a well-known composer in Andhra Pradesh, too. It is said, that he may also enter the Hindi film industry, Bollywood, very soon, since talks are going on regarding two Hindi films.

His latest soundtracks, which got popular among the masses, include Sarvam, Siva Manasula Sakthi, Silambattam, Aegan and Saroja and currently, he has around 15 projects on his hand, including Yogi, Venkat Prabhu's Goa, Lingusamy's Paiyya and Silambarasan's Valiban.
He has also scored music for Indian Acting Legends, Megastars, Mammootty and Mohanlal for the films Junior Senior and Pop Carn respectively.

Other works
Besides scoring film music and soundtracks, he also produces personal music albums from time to time. In his very early years, in 1999, when he was not familiar to most people yet, he made the Tamil pop album The Blast, that contained 12 tracks, featuring vocals by Kamal Haasan, Unnikrishnan and Nithyashree.However, the album went downright unnoticed. Currently he is working onhis second album, the rights of which have been acquired by Sony BMG and is yet to be titled. It is reportedly a bilingual album produced in both Tamil and Hindi and is due to release.

In January 2009, Yuvan announced his first live performance at a show, which was planned to be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on April 25, 2009. According to Yuvan, the show, titled Yuvan - Live in Concert, will feature around 30 songs, which will be sung by singers like Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Vijay Yesudas, Shreya Ghoshal and his father Ilaiyaraaja, as well as some stage dances in between by actresses Sana Khan and Meenakshi.However, in April 2009, it was reported, that the concert has beenpostponed, with Yuvan Shankar stating, that he was working on novelideas to make the show memorable and hence, postponed the concert.