Pathinaaru (2010) - Soundtracks - Yuvan Shankar Raja

Pathinaaru Film - CD Cover
Film score and soundtrack of Pathinaaru were composed by Shiva's friend Yuvan Shankar Raja, collaborating with Sabapathy again after Punnagai Poove in 2003. Notably, Yuvan Shankar worked for this film without receiving any remuneration as it would have overrun the film's whole budget. The soundtrack album, considered the highlight of the film, features four songs along with a theme music track. The songs were composed in 2008 and recorded later that year and the next year, with the album being ready for release by July 2009. For a song in the flashback portion of the film, Yuvan Shankar Raja made his brother Karthik Raja sing, which is the first solo song of him under Yuvan Shankar's direction. Apart from Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja himself, along with Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan and Bela Shende have sung the songs. The soundtrack album was eventually released on December 24, 2010 in a small manner, with S. P. B. Charan and Samudrakani being present along with the film crew. Prior and during the time of the film's audio launch, Yuvan Shankar Raja was featured on the film posters, by which the producer promoted the film and the album.

The album as well as the film score received very positive reviews and critical acclaim. Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff cited that "'Yuvan's Musical' is worth a listen", further adding that Pathinaaru "might have plenty of Yuvan's signature tunes, but there are moments of appeal that give some depth to the album, and veer away from his template". In regards to the score, she wrote that it "fits the film and adds some depth to it." A review from Behindwoods described Pathinaaru's music as "youthful and lovely to the ears", further claiming that "lovely orchestrations, right chords and soulful voices make Pathinaaru a worthy album to have in your collection." Times of India and Indiaglitz further addressed high praise to Yuvan Shankar Raja, with a critic from the former, N. Venkateswaran, noting that Yuvan was "in superb form in this romantic album both as composer and singer", while a review from the latter labelled Yuvan Shankar Raja as the "real hero of the movie", particularly lauding his score, citing that "his re-recording especially for the rural episode is mind-boggling."

All lyrics written by Snehan, except where noted.


Sl. No Song NameSingersLyricist

Adada En Meethu
Hariharan, Bela Shende
Karthik Netha

Yaar Solli Kadhal
Yuvan Shankar Raja

Kaattu Chedikku
Karthik Raja

Vaanam Namadhe
Shankar Mahadevan

Theme Music
Yuvan Shankar Raja


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