Yuvan Shankar Raja (யுவன் சங்கர் ராஜா) is one of the leading film music composers from Tamil Nadu.
Summary of career
The first film he composed for was the Tamil film Aravindhan
. He captivated the youth's attention by the refreshing Thulluvatho Ilamai
album. Then there is no turn back for him. Hailing from a musical family, much of Yuvan’s inspiration is said to come from the several genres he grew up listening to such as Western classical music
, heavy metal
, urban Hip hop
and other styles and sounds. His versatality is his big asset. He ranges from rustic Tamil folk to heavy metal. His father Ilaiyaraaja
is also an inspiration. Yuvan Shankar Raja is renowned for his unique blend of melody and electronic orchestration. Soundtracks for films such as Kadhal Kondein
, 7G Rainbow Colony
, Kanda Naal Mudhal
and others were released to acclaim and popularity. He is known for his ability to produce hit albums back to back in a very short period of time. When Yuvan started music career he was heavily compared to his elderly brother Karthik Raja and often criticized by music critics but later on gained momentum after the hit music for Poovelaam Kaetupaaru. Some of his influences as stated by him in many interviews are his father Ilayaraja
, John Williams
, Michael Jackson
, 50 cent and RD Burman
. Currently, Yuvan is the only music director who has composed for more than 14 films this year in TamilNadu. He is highly prolific.
His latest soundtracks for the films Saroja, Yaaradi Nee Mohini,Billa and Satham Podathey have become immensely popular and have established him as one of the leading composers of South India. Pudhupettai featured a traditional orchestral score played by Chapraya Symphony Orchestra in Bangkok with several themes and the soundtrack was released to acclaim . Yuvan Shankar Raja’s collaborations with the directors Selvaraghavan, Ameer, Simbhu, Venkat Prabhu and Vishnuvardhan have resulted in very successful albums. Many of his soundtracks feature a variety of songs drawing influence from different traditions. Upcoming features include Silambattam,Kettavan,Yogi (tamil film), Sarvam. Silambattam and Kettavan are expected to become a chart buster at the box-office. In Simbu´s Poda Podee, he will sing a song and always it become good when Simbhu and Yuvan are working together.
Yuvan Shankar Raja has won the following awards:
- 1996 - The Blast
- Unnamed Album for Sony BMG
- Unnamed Album for Magnasound(Aus)
- The Londan Times (Londan)
- The World (SONY BGM )
Yuvan is the youngest son of film composer Ilaiyaraaja
. Yuvan Shankar Raja is the younger brother of music director
, Karthik Raja
and is also the elder brother of playback singer
and music director Bhavatharini
In 2005, he married his long time girlfriend Sujaya Chandran. The couple has filed for divorce through mutual consent. The reason for the separation has been cited as 'irrevocable differences'. He broke off his friendship with Selvaraghavan due to certain untold issues and left the movie Aayirathil Oruvan.