Yuvan Shankar Raja

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Yuvan Shankar Raja (born 31 August 1979) is an Indian singer-songwriter, film score and soundtrack composer, and occasional lyricist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He composed music for Tamil films like his father Ilaiyaraaja. He began his career at the age of 16, when he composed the film music for Aravindhan. Then after a long break he composed for "Thulluvatho Ilamai" in the year 2001.[1][2]Within 15 years, Yuvan Shankar Raja has worked on over 100 films. Considered a multi-talented composer. He is particularly known for his use of western music elements and often credited with having introduced Hip hop to the Tamil film and music industry and having started the "era of remixes" in Tamil Nadu.[3][4][5]

Early life[change | change source]

Born on 31 August 1979, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu into a Tamil family, Yuvan Shankar Raja is the third and youngest child of musician and film composer Ilaiyaraaja and his late wife Jeeva. He is the younger brother of music director Karthik Raja and playback singer & music director Bhavatharini. [6] His father as well as his siblings have sung many songs under his direction. Yuvan Shankar did his schooling at St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai,[7][8] and discontinued his education after his tenth class. He started learning music from Jacob Master,[9] attending piano classes at "Musee Musical" in Chennai, which is affiliated to Trinity College in London, UK.[10]

Discography[change | change source]

As composer
Year Tamil Other languages Dubbed Releases
1997 Aravindhan
1998 Velai
Kalyana Galatta
1999 Poovellam Kettuppar Deal (2007) (Telugu)
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga
2000 Rishi
Dheena Dada (2007) (Telugu)

Jigarwala (Hindi)

2001 Thulluvadho Ilamai #
Manadhai Thirudivittai Manasuna Manasai (2005) (Telugu)
Nandha Aakrosham (2006)
Pratheekaram (2009) (Telugu)
Bala-Surya (2011)
2002 Seshu • (Telugu)
(4 out of 8 songs)
Malli Malli Chudali • (Telugu)
Junior Senior Hum Hai Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (2008) (Hindi)
Super (2009) (Malayalam)
Kadhal Samrajyam
April Maadhathil Vaallidharu (2004) (Telugu)

Mr. Rangeela (Hindi)

Bala
Mounam Pesiyadhe Aadanthe Ado Type (2003) ♦ (Telugu)
Kanchu (2006) (Telugu)

Ghatak Returns (Hindi)

Punnagai Poove
Pop Carn Popcarn (2007) (Malayalam)
2003 Winner Winner (Hindi)
Kaadhal Kondein
Pudhiya Geethai #
Thennavan
Kurumbu
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan Sowrya (2006) (Telugu)
Five by Four #2 (English) •
2004 Ullam
Aethiree Bottle Mani (Telugu)
Perazhagan Sundarangadu (Telugu)
7G Rainbow Colony Gilli (2009) (Kannada)# 7G Brindhavan Colony (Telugu)
Manmadhan Madana (2006) (Kannada)# Manmadha (Telugu)
Bose Rakshana (2005) (Telugu)
Adhu #2
2005 Raam
Arinthum Ariyamalum Kalisunte (Telugu)
Daas
Thotti Jaya
(1 song; special thanks)
Jalakanda (Telugu)
Oru Kalluriyin Kathai College Days (2008) (Telugu)
Kanda Naal Mudhal
Sandakozhi Jeet Hamari (Hindi)

Pandhem Kodi (2006) (Telugu)

Kalvanin Kadhali Chilipi (Telugu)
Agaram
Pudhupettai Dhoolpeta (2006) (Telugu)
2006 Happy • (Telugu) Happy (Malayalam)
Pattiyal Gayam (Telugu)
Raam • (Telugu) Jeene Do – Let Us Live (Hindi)
Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu Maha Andamga Vunnavani Bhayam (Telugu)
Vallavan Vallabha (Telugu)
Kedi Jadoo (Telugu)
Thimiru Pogaru (2007) (Telugu)

Minchu (2008)

The Return of Zid (Hindi)

Paruthiveeran Malligadu (2012) (Telugu)
Thaamirabharani Bharani (2007) (Telugu)
2007 Deepavali Paga (2011) (Telugu)

Billu Bachan – Ek Diljala (2010) (Hindi)

Chennai 600028 # Kodithe Kottali Raa (Telugu)
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram
(1 song; special thanks)

Raju Bhai • (Telugu)

Satham Podathey • (50th Movie)

Kelkaatha Shabdam • (Malayalam)

Thottal Poo Malarum
Kannamoochi Yenada Aarodum Parayaathe (2008) (Malayalam)
Kattradhu Thamizh Dare (2011) (Telugu)
Vel Deva (Telugu)
Machakaaran Dheera (2009) (Telugu)
Billa
Vaazhthugal Prema Nilayam (2012) (Telugu)
2008 Saroja

Saroja (Telugu)

Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) ♦ Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule • (Telugu)
Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu (2008) (Kannada) #
(4 out of 7 songs; uncredited)
Aegan Mallika I Love You (2009) (Telugu)
Silambattam Maa Vaadu (2009) (Telugu)
2009 Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum
Siva Manasula Sakthi Shiva Manasulo Shruti ♦ (Telugu) (2 songs; uncredited)
Sarvam Sarvam (2010) (Telugu)
Vaamanan Live (2012) (Telugu)
Muthirai
Oy! • (Telugu) Kadhal Alai (2013) (Tamil)
Yogi
Paiyaa
(soundtrack)
Ajith (2014) (Kannada)# Awara (2010) (Telugu)
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Khiladi (2010) (Telugu)
2010 Goa
(soundtrack)
Goa (2011) (Telugu)
Striker (Hindi) •
(1 song)
Baana Kaathadi Kurralloi Kurrallu (2011) (Telugu)
Kaadhal Solla Vandhen Modalaindi Ila (2011)
Thillalangadi#
(5 out of 7 songs)
Naan Mahaan Alla Naa Peru Shiva (2011) (Telugu)
Boss Engira Bhaskaran Nene Ambani (Telugu)
Pathinaaru Jolly Boy (2011) (Kannada)#
2011 Pesu
Kadhal 2 Kalyanam
Vaanam Vaanam (Malayalam)
Zindagi Ek Sangharsh (Hindi)
Avan Ivan Vaadu Veedu (Telugu)
Aaranya Kaandam #2
Mankatha
(soundtrack)
Gambler (Telugu)
Panjaa • (Telugu) Jai (2012) (Tamil)
Kazhugu
Rajapattai Veedinthe (Telugu)
Vettai
2012 Mr. Nookayya (Telugu)# Mr. Mobile (Hindi)
Ullam
Billa II David Billa (Telugu)
Dhenikaina Ready • (Telugu)
(2 out of 5 songs)
Endhinum Ready (Malayalam)

Naangellam Appave Appadi (2014) (Tamil)

Ameerin Aadhi Baghavan Main Shareef Tu Badmash (2013) (Hindi)
Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer Preminchali (2013) (Telugu)
Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal Itlu Prematho (2013) (Telugu)
Samar# Vetadu Ventadu (Telugu)
2013 Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga
Thanga Meenkal
Thillu Mullu
Biriyani Biriyani (Telugu)
Arrambam Aata Arambham (Telugu)
2014 Vadacurry
(1 song)
Kulfi (Telugu)
Vanavarayan Vallavarayan
Thirudan Police
Anjaan Sikinder (Telugu)
Raja Natwarlal (Hindi)#
Govindudu Andarivadele • (Telugu)
Poojai Pooja (Telugu)
Vai Raja Vai
Idam Porul Yaeval
2015 Masss Rakshasudu (Telugu)
Yatchan
2016 Dharma Durai
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings
Yaakkai
Nenjam Marappathillai
Taramani
2017 Sathriyan
Kadamban
Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan
Gowdru Hotel • (Kannada)
Oxygen • (Telugu)
Upcoming Vijay 62 • (Tamil)
Upcoming Woolfell •(English)
Upcoming Peranbu Resurrection • (Malayalam)
Upcoming Semma Botha Aagatha
Upcoming Sandakozhi 2
Upcoming Sippai
Upcoming Santhana Devan
Upcoming Irumbu Thirai
Upcoming Kanavil Kanda Kadhal Kavithai
Upcoming Balloon
Upcoming Aneethi Kathaigal
Upcoming Kolaiyuthir Kaalam Khamoshi• (Hindi)
Upcoming Mannavan Vanthanadi
Upcoming Raja Ranguski
Upcoming Madai Thiranthu
Upcoming Kettavan Kettidil Kittidum Rajayogam
Upcoming PeiPASi
Upcoming Arjun Reddy Tamil Remake

Onscreen appearances[change | change source]

Year Film Notes
2003 Punnagai Poove Special appearance in the song "En Kadhal"
2008 Saroja Special appearance in the song "Cheeky Cheeky"
2012 Billa II Special appearance in the song "Gangster"
Ameerin Aadhi Baghavan Special appearance in the song "Aadhi Baghavan Rap"
2013 Thillu Mullu Special appearance in the song "Thillu Mullu Title Song"

Playback singer[change | change source]

Year Film Song Notes
1990 Anjali "Something Something", "Iravu Nilavu", "Motta Maadi", "Vaanam Namakku", "Anjali Anjali" composed by Ilaiyaraaja
1996 Alexander "Alexander", "Koothadichu" composed by Karthik Raja
2001 Friends "Rukku Rukku" composed by Ilaiyaraaja
2002 April Maadhathil "Poi Solla Manasukku"
Bala "Bailamo"
Malli Malli Chudali "Ivi Mallela"
Mounam Pesiyadhe "Chinna Chinnathai", "Ilamai Oorai Sutrum"
2003 Kadhal Kondein "18 Vayathil", "Thathi Thathi", "Kai Padamalae"
Kurumbu "Kingini Mingini"
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan "Baby Baby", "Where Do We Go"
2004 7G Rainbow Colony "Naam Vayathukku"
Manmadhan "Kannale", "Pesamalae Mugam"
2005 Raam "Boom ராம் Boom", "Nizhalinai Nijamum"
Arinthum Ariyamalum "En Kannodu"
Thotti Jaya "Intha ooru"
Kanda Naal Mudhal "Pushing It Hard"
Kalvanin Kadhali "Eno Kangal"
Pudhupettai Our Story: "Enga Yeriya", It All Comes Down To this!: "Oru Naalil", Gangster's Marriage Party: "Pul Pesum Poo Pesum", "Oru Naalil": Composer's Dream Mix
2006 Pattiyal "Yedhedo Ennangal Vandhu", "Kannai Vittu Kann Imaigal", "Kannai Vittu Kann Imaigal (Remix)"
Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu "Kanavae Kalaigirathe", "Elaiyudhir Kaalam", "Kaadhalai Pirippadhu", "Odivaa Kaadhalae", "Orampo Naina"
Vallavan "Kadhal Vandhale"
Paruthiveeran "Iayyayo"
2007 Deepavali "Pogadhey"
Chennai 600028 "Natpukkullae", "Ulle Vaa"
Raju Bhai "Evvare Nuvvu (Remix)"
Satham Podathey "O Indha Kaadhal"
Thottal Poo Malarum "Arabu Naade", "Vittal Suriyanai"
Kattradhu Thamizh "Innum Oru Iravu", "Unakkagathane Intha"
2008 Saroja "Cheeky Cheeky"
Aegan "Kichu Kichu"
2009 Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum "Kadaloram Oru Ooru"
Siva Manasula Sakthi "Oru Kal"
Sarvam "Neethane", "Kaatrukulle"
Oye "Povadhe Prema"
Yogi "Yaarodu Yaaro"
Paiyaa "En Kadhal Solla", "Yedho Ondru", "Nee Yadalo Naaku" (Telugu)
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai "Introduction", "Poo Mudhal Pen Varai", "Theriyamele"
2010 Goa "Yezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum", "Kaadhal Endral"
Striker "Haq Se"
Baana Kaathadi "Thaakkuthe Kann Thaakkuthe"
Kaadhal Solla Vandhen "Oh Shala"
Thillalangadi "Sol Pechu"
Naan Mahaan Alla "Iragai Pole"
Pathinaaru "Yaar Solli Kadhal"
2011 Pesu "Vennira Iravuga"
Kadhal 2 Kalyanam "Naa Vettu Pora Aadu"
Vaanam "Evan Di Unna Pethan", "Vaanam"
Mankatha "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha", "Nanbane", "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha (Extended Dance Mix)" (Remixed by Premgi Amaren)
Panjaa "Panjaa", "Panjaa (Remix)"
Kazhugu "Paathagathi Kannupattu"
Vettai "Pappappa"
2012 Mr. Nookayya "Pista Pista", "Pranam Poye Badha"
Billa II "Gangster", "Yedho Mayakkam"
Denikaina Ready "Pilla Neevalla"
Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer "Mella Siritthal"
Moondru Per Moondru Kadal "Unakkaagave Uyir Vaazhgiren"
Neethaane En Ponvasantham "Saainthu Saainthu nee", "Pengal endral poiya" composed by Ilaiyaraaja
2013 Maryan "Kadal Raasa Naan" composed by A. R. Rahman
Thillu Mullu "Thillu Mullu Remix"
Biriyani "Nahna Na Nah", "Edhirthu Nil", "Nahna Na Nah (New Jack Swing Mix)" (Mixed & Arranged by Yuvan Shankar Raja), "Nahna Na Nah (Extended Dance Mix)" (Mixed & Arranged by Premgi Amaren)
2014 Vanavarayan Vallavarayan "Tharaimelae Irunthae Naan"
Anjaan "Kaadhal Aasai"
Poojai "Uyire Uyire"
Vai Raja Vai "Pachchai Vanna", "Pookkamazh", "Naam Vaazhndhidum"
Idam Porul Eval "Atthuvaana Kaatukku"
2015 Massu Engira Masilamani "Therikkudhu Masss", "Poochandi", "Therikkudhu Masss (Gasa Gasa Mix)" (Remixed by Premgi Amaren)
Trisha Illana Nayanthara "Mutham Kodutha Maayakaari" composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Yatchan "Konjalaai", "Kaaka Ponnu", "Innum Enna"
2016 Idhu Namma Aalu "Kanne Un Kadhal" composed by T. R. Kuralarasan
Yaakkai "Neee","Naan Ini Kaatril"
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings "Boys are Back", "Sopana Sundari"
2016 Nenjam Marapathillai "En Pondatti", "Kannungala en Chellangala","Malai varum Vennila"
Tharamani "Pavangalai", "Yaro uchikilai","unnai unnai"
2017 Sathriyan "Paarai Mele"

Lyricist[change | change source]

Year Film Song Notes
2007 Chennai 600028 Natpukkullae
2008 Saroja "Cheeky Cheeky", "My Life"
2011 Mankatha "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha", "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha (Extended Dance Mix)"
2013 Biriyani "Nahna Na Nah"

Non-film works[change | change source]

Television
  • Perai Solla Vaa
  • Panchavarnakili
  • Ananda Bhavan
  • Ladies Club-Senior Junior.
Albums
Theatre

Awards[change | change source]

Cyprus International Film Festival
  • Best Musical Score Feature Film for Raam (2006)[13]
South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Vijay Awards
Other awards
  • Ananda Vikatan Award for Best Composer of the Year (2007)[18]
  • Ananda Vikatan Award for Best Male Playback Singer of the Year for "Neethane" (Sarvam) (2009)[19]
  • Swarna Saravanan Excellence in Music Award (2013)
  • Big FM Tamil Entertainment Awards – Most Entertaining Music Director of the Year Award for Paiyaa (2011)[20]
  • Big Tamil Melody Award for Most popular composer-director[21]
  • Big Tamil Melody Award for Best Background Score for Aaranya Kaandam (2011)[22]
  • Cinema Rasigargal Sangam Best Music Director Award for Billa (2007)[23]
  • CJA Cine Critics' Best Music Director Award for Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)[24][25]
  • GAMA Tollywood Music Awards
  • GV South Indian Cinematographers Association (SICA) Best Music Director Award (2007)[26]
  • Isaiyaruvi Tamil Music Awards[27][28]
    • Isaiyaruvi Album of the Year – Paruthiveeran (2007)
    • Isaiyaruvi Best Folk Song of the Year – "Oororam Puliyamaram" (Paruthiveeran) (2007)
    • Miranda Crazy Song of the Year – "Saroja Saamaan Nikalo" (Chennai 600028) (2007)
    • Isaiyaruvi Sensational Youth Album – Silambattam (2008)
    • Crazy Song of the Year – "Where Is The Party" (Silambattam) (2008)
    • Isaiyaruvi Best Remix Song of the Year – "Vechikkava" (Silambattam) (2008)
  • Jayam Charitable Trust Film Music Awards[29][30]
    • Best Sensational Musician (2007)
    • Best Singer of the Year Special Award for "Arabu Naade" (Thottal Poo Malarum) (shared with Haricharan) (2007)
  • Medimix-Dinakaran Best Music Director Award for Manmadhan (2004)[31]
  • Mirchi Music Awards South
    • Mirchi Music Award for Best Music Composer of the Year for "Oru Kal Oru Kannadi" (Siva Manasula Sakthi) (2009)[32][33]
    • Mirchi Music Award for Best Album of the Year for Paiyaa (2010)[34]
    • Mirchi Music Award for Mirchi Listeners' Choice – Best Song of the Year for "En Kadhal Solla" (Paiyaa) (2010)[34]
    • Mirchi Music Award for Mirchi Listeners' Choice – Best Album of the Year for Paiyaa (2010)[34]
  • Spell Bound Best Music Director Award for Vallavan (2006)[35][36]
  • Vijay Music Awards[37][38]
    • Best Singer with the Maximum Hits of 2010
    • Popular Duet of the Year – "Idhu Varai" (Goa) (2011)
    • Popular Song sung by a Music Director – "En Kadhal Solla" (Paiyaa) (2011)
    • Mirchi Listeners Choice of the Year – "Thuli Thuli" (Paiyaa) (2011)

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