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Yuvan Shankar Raja

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Name Yuvan Shankar Raja
Nick Name Yuvan, Yuvanshankar, YSR, U1, Abdul Khaliq
Birth Place Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Parents Ilayaraja and  Jeeva Rajayya
Spouse Zafroon Nisa
Nationality Indian
Siblings Karthik Raja and sister Bhavadharani
Genres Film Score and World Music
Occupation Film Composer, Music Director, Record Producer, Instrumentalist, Arranger, Singer, Songwriter And Lyricist
Debut movie Aravindhan
siblings Karthik Raja and sister Bhavadharani

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Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian film score, singer, songwriter, occasional lyricist and soundtrack composer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He prominently composed music for Tamil movies and few Telugu films.

Yuvan Shankar Raja is youngest son of eminent music Maestro Ilaiyaraaja. He started his music career in 1996 when his age at 16 years and he scored music for Tamil film ‘Aravindhan’, which is released in the year 1997.

After the struggle of initial stage, Yuvan Shankar Raja got the more fame for the album of 2001’s ‘Thulluvadho Ilamai’ movie, which is marked as one of the Tamil film’s most sought-after music composers in the period of mid-2000s.

Within a period of fifteen years, Yuvan Shankar Raja has scored music for more than 100 flicks and considered as a versatile composer in film industry. He hardly worked for different and new kind of innovative music.

Yuvan Shankar Raja delivered new kind of music by using several genres, which include heavy metal and folk and R&B to techno. He is well known for his use of western music elements. He also introduced the Hip Hop music to KFI and Music industry. He started the “era of remixes” in Tamil Nadu.

For innovative works, Yuvan Shankar Raja became more famous among the younger generation and he called as ‘Rock Star’ and ‘Youth Icon of Tamil Film Music’. Apart from that, he also well known for his background music in movies and it is bagged many praises to him from the critics.

Yuvan Shankar Raja has got two Filmfare Awards for Best Music Director Award in 2004 for his music in the movie ‘7G Rainbow Colony’. He won Filmfare Special Award in South for his soundtrack for Telugu movie ‘Oy’ in 2009.

In addition to that, composer has nominated more than five time for Filmfare Awards, one Tamil Nadu State Film Award in 2006 and Cyprus International Film Festival Award in 2006 for Tamil movie ‘Raam’, which is becoming only composer to win it.

Yuvan Shankar Raja Born and Family:

Yuvan Shankar Raja was born on 31 August 1979 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India from Tamil family. He is the younger and third child of eminent music composer Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and his late wife Jeeva. He is the younger brother of Karthik Raja, who is a music director and Bhavatharini, who is a music director and playback singer.

Yuvan Shankar Raja stated that his brother Karthik Raja is more skilled person than him but he not receives fame in music industry. His father Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and his siblings crooned many songs through his direction.

Filmmaker Gangai Amaran and film composer R. D. Bhaskar are the uncles of Yuvan Shankar Raja and their sons Venkat Prabhu, Premgi Amaren and Parthi Bhaskar, who are works in Tamil films as well.

Apparently, Yuvan Shankar Raja and both the sons of music director Gangai Amaran worked together for films, which are successful at the box office. Most of the musical score of  Venkat Prabhu’s movies are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Yuvan Shankar Raja Studies:

Yuvan Shankar Raja has completed his schooling at St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He discontinued his studies after his tenth standard. Since then, he started learning music from Jacob Master and he also began attending piano classes at “Musee Musical” at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which is associated with Trinity College in London, UK.

Yuvan Shankar Raja specified that, he wanted to become a professional pilot and he want to travel “all around the world” but he grew up “with music around him” so he naturally he became a musician. He got many praises from his father Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and many other music composers like S. D. Burman, R. D. Burman, M. S. Viswanathan and Naushad Ali and the eminent singers Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, P. B. Sreenivas, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and P. Susheela.

Yuvan Shankar Raja Personal life:

Yuvan Shankar Raja got married a girl name Sujaya Chandran on 21 March 2005 at the Mayor Sri Ramanathan Chettiyar Hall in Chennai. In 2002, he met her as fan at cultural music event at London and both are fallen in love. Moreover, Sujaya Chandran is a London based singer and she is the daughter of Velayutham and Dr. Sarojini Chandran.

But in August 2007, the couple divorce with mutual consent and it is issued after 6 months, in 2008. The couple divorced with the reason of “irreconcilable differences”.

On 1 September 2011, Yuvan Shankar Raja again married Shilpa Mohan at Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. The wedding held in a simple manner with the presence of their close friend and family members. A marriage reception held a day later in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In fact, Shilpa Mohan is a B. Pharm graduate from University of Adelaide, Australia

In February 2014, Yuvan Shankar Raja officially confirmed through his twitter page as he embraced to Islam. He further changed his name himself as Abdul Khaliq.

On 1 January 2015, Yuvan Shankar Raja married Zafroon Nisa for third time. The couple blessed a baby girl on 7 April 2016.

Yuvan Shankar Raja Career:

Yuvan Shankar Raja started his film career as music director in 1996 following his mother suggestions to take  music as a profession. He scored music for Tamil film ‘Aravindhan’ when his age at 16 years. This film is directed by T. Siva and it is released in the year 1997.

Apparently, the music album of ‘Aravindhan’ and the movie itself failed to impress he audience well. Later on,  Yuvan Shankar Raja scored music for two films such as ‘Velai’ and ‘Kalyana Galatta’, which are not successful. His first three films are got the good response from the audience.

After the failure of three films, Yuvan Shankar Raja not received any offer from the film makers and he struggled few days. During that time, director Vasanth has given an offer to Yuvan Shankar Raja to score music for his movie ‘Poovellam Kettuppar’, which is released in the year 1999. This film music album got many positive reviews from the critics and audience.

Yuvan Shankar Raja got major break through the ‘Poovellam Kettuppar’ movie and it is changes his film career. After this film, he scored music for Sundar C. two films such as ‘Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga’ in 1999 and ‘Rishi’ in 2000.

In 2000 composer scored music for A. R. Murugadoss’s debut directional film ‘Dheena’ featured Ajith Kumar in lead role. This film recorded as biggest hit at the box office and it is noted Yuvan Shankar Raja’s first super hit movie. This film background music is highlight for the success of the movie.

In 2001, Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for Dhanush’s debut film ‘Thulluvadho Ilamai’, which is directed by Selvaraghavan. This film music album particularly attracted the youngsters and it iis marked as one of the Tamil film’s most sought-after music composers in the period of mid-2000s.

In the same year, Yuvan Shankar Raja worked for two Tamil movies such as Bala’s ‘Nandha’ and Prabhu Deva’s ‘Manadhai Thirudivittai’. In 2002, he scored music for ‘Junior Senior’, ‘April Maadhathil’, ‘Kadhal Samrajyam’, ‘Mounam Pesiyadhe’, ‘Punnagai Poove’ and ‘Pop Carn’.

In 2002, Yuvan Shankar Raja stepped into Telugu Film industry with through the films ‘Sesh’ and ‘Malli Malli Chudali’, which are good response from the critics and audience.

In 2003, Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for Selvaraghavan’s thriller movie ‘Kaadhal Kondein’, it is milestone film to music director Yuvan. He got many praises for his background score and music of this of movie. In the same year, he scored music for Vishnuvardhan’s debut movie ‘Kurumbu’, which contain the first remix son in Tamil film industry.

During a less than span of decade, Yuvan Shankar Raja has proved himself as one of the best leading music directors in Tamil film industry and he prominently worked with the new comers and small budget films.

In the next year, Yuvan Shankar Raja has scored music for many films such as ‘7G Rainbow Colony’, which is directed by Selvaraghavan. For this film, he got the Best Music Direction Award at Filmfare Awards South in 2004.

Later on, Yuvan Shankar Raja worked for many movies such as ‘Manmadhan’, ‘Arinthum Ariyamalum’, ‘Oru Kalluriyin Kathai’, ‘Pattiyal’, ‘Deepavali’, ‘Machakaaran’ , ‘Billa’, ‘Sarvam’, ‘Yogi’,  ‘Kaathadi’ and many more.

However, Yuvan Shankar Raja also worked as singer for his own composed songs in the several movies such as ‘Thulluvadho Ilamai’, ‘April Maadhathil’, ‘Pudhupettai’, ‘Pattiyal’, ‘Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu’, ‘Deepavali’, ‘Kattradhu Thamizh’, ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’ and few more. He also nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer Award.

As now, Yuvan Shankar Raja is one of the leading young music directors in South Indian film industry. He is currently busy with the music composition of many Tail films and few Telugu films.

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