Yuvan Shankar Raja was born on August 31, 1979 in Chennai to the legendary music director, Ilaiyaraaja and his wife, Jeeva. Growing up under the musical influences of his father and his elder siblings, Karthik Raja and Bhavatharini, Yuvan too was bitten by the music bug early on and started his career at the age of 16 with the score for the Tamil film “Aravindhan” (1997).
His early work was panned by critics and it was only in the 2000s that his career flourished and he came to be identified for his youthful music, starting with “Dheena” (2000). On the strength of his fresh music, imaginative score and a loyal, young, fan-base, his popularity rose. Following the string of successes in Tamil films, he went on to compose for several Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films.
In Bollywood, Yuvan has composed music for movies like “Mr. Rangeela” (2002), “The Return of Zid” (2006), “Hum Hain Bade Miyan Chote Miyan” (2008) and “Striker” (2010).