Versatile Musician - Yuvan Shankar Raja

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Yuvan Shankar Raja is planning to stage a concert in Malaysia.

TALENTED music director Yuvan Shankar Raja (pic) is on a roll, churning out hit after hit in the Tamil film industry.

The son of a music prodigy, Ilayaraja, he has mesmerised his fans with his youthful and soul-captivating music, be it his foot-tapping number Kadhal Website from Dheena or his hypnotising songs from Nandhaa.

The 30-Year-Old who has scored music for 85 films was in KualaLumpur for preliminary discussions for a Yuvan Live @ KLIMF Concert scheduled for December.  His two other concerts in Dubai and Chennai had been mega hits.

In an exclusive interview with The Star, Yuvan talked about how he started his career in the late 1990s by composing the music for a Tamil movie trailer at age 16.

"I was just spending time with my friends, doing nothing in particular when my mum thought I should work on an album".

"During my school days I used to participate in cultural programmes.  So I started working on the album and the director of the movie, Aravindhan, heard one of my songs and suggested that I do the soundtrack for the trailer of his movie that starred Sarath Kumar."

"So I worked on that project and everyone was impressed with my work.  After my dad gave the final nod, I made my debut as a music director," he said.

Yuvan said he was nervous as he had to start from scratch on the music for the film except for one song, which was already composed.

"The first song I composed was All The Best and my favourite song is Idhu Kadhala from Thulluvatho Ilamai," he said, adding that the music scene was very different when he started out.  He wanted to do something different.  "I came up with a style of my own and preferred to cater to only the youth.  My progress had been gradual, which helped me to believe in my kind of music," he said.

He became a household name with films like Kathal Kondein, 7G Rainbow Colony, Manmathan, Arindhum Ariyamalum while songs from Kalvanin Kathali, Pattiyal and Pudhupettai were all chartbusters.

Yuvan was adjudged best music director at the Cyprus International Film Festival in 2006 for his musical score in Raam.  He was the first and only Indian composer to win it.

"I felt elated as it is an international award.  It is a gift from God as the Raam album has my late mother's favourite song Aarariraro," sung by well-known singer Jesudas and my personal favourite Boom Boom, a hip hop number," he said.

He has won two Filmfare Awards - the Best Music Director Award in 2004 for his score in the film 7G Rainbow Colony and the Special Jury Award in 2009 for his Telugu musical Oy!.  Besides this, he received two nominations for the Filmfare Awards and one Tamil Nadu State Film Award in 2006.

He aspired to be a pilot when he was young so that he could travel the world, but with music all around him - brother Karthik Raja was learning to play the piano - he was naturally influenced.

On whether he felt burdened being from a family of music directors, he admitted to having great stress living up to people's expectations.

"Most of my songs are for the average youth," he said, adding that he composed the music based on the script as well as the storyline.

Yuvan said that many of the present day songs do not stay for long as they were done for commercial movies, unlike in the olden days when the songs were melodious and would always be sung.

On how long it takes to compose a song, he said it can be between two minutes and a month.

Presently, Yuvan is working on a prequel to Ajith starrer Billa 2 and Adhibhagavan.  Plans are afoot to release an international hip hop single with Shakira.

Stonevents Sdn Bhd managing director Inba M said they are planning the biggest-ever Indian concert in Kuala Lumpur if an agreement is reached.  "We hope to finalise the discussion by June and hope to make an announcement soon," he said.

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