Karthik Raja

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Karthik Raja
Background information
Born(1973-06-29) 29 June 1973 (age 41)
OriginTamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)Film composer, musician, Music Director, Singer, Piano Artist, Keyboard Artist
Years active1996–present
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Karthik Raja
Background information
Born(1973-06-29) 29 June 1973 (age 41)
OriginTamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)Film composer, musician, Music Director, Singer, Piano Artist, Keyboard Artist
Years active1996–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Karthik Raja is an Indian composer based in Chennai, India. He made his debut as film composer in the Tamil film Alexander (1996) and went on to score music for many critically and commercially acclaimed feature films.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Karthik Raja is the eldest son of musician Mastro Ilaiyaraaja. His brother Yuvan Shankar Raja and sister Bhavatharini, who are also Tamil film music directors and playback singers, have worked with him on notable projects. He did his schooling at St. Bede's School in Chennai and graduated from Loyola College, Chennai. On 8 June 2000, Karthik Raja married Raja Rajeswari at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Career[edit]

Born to a family of musicians, he had exposure to various kinds of music at a very early age. He had his formal training in Western classical music from the Trinity School of Music, mainly in piano (affiliated with Jacob John). He also had training in Carnatic music from T. V. Gopalakrishnan and Malayalam composer V. Dakshinamoorthy.[4]

As a child, he often used to accompany his father to the recording studios. At the age of 13, Karthik Raja played the keyboard for the song Kannukkum from the Tamil movie Ninaikka Therinda Maname (1987). Many such outings followed including playing keyboard for the soundtrack of the movie Nayagan. Karthik also arranged many recordings for his father and composed his first song "Pandianin Rajiyathil" for the movie Pandiyan (1992) and "Ninaikindra" for the movie Athma (1993). Around this time, he also composed some background scores for the TV series Bible.

He debuted as a full fledged composer in 1996 through the Tamil movie Alexander, soon followed by Manikyam. Then came many chart-busters that included Ullaasam, Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar, Kadhala Kadhala and Dumm Dumm Dumm among others. He also debuted in Hindi films with Grahan which won him the R.D. Burman award for the best new talent.

Discography[edit]

Film scores/Soundtracks[edit]

YearTitleLanguageOther notes
2014Avan AvalTamil
2014Kadai Enn 6Tamil
2014AranmanaiTamilAlong with Bharathwaj
2014Rajadhi RajaMalayalam
2014Vaaraayo VennilaaveTamil
2012Veyilodu VilayaduTamil
2012Tuneega TuneegaTelugu
2010RettaisuzhiTamil
2009Anything For YouEnglish
2009KudiyarasuTamil
2009Achamundu AchamunduTamil
2008Chakkara ViyugamTamil
2008MukhbiirHindi
2007Maa MaduraiTamil
2007Oru Ponnu Oru PaiyanTamil
2007MurugaaTamil
2007Manathodu MazhaikalamTamil
2006Thullura VayasuTamil
2006NaalaiTamil
2006Mercury PookkalTamil
2005Neranja ManasuTamil
2004Rightaa ThappaaTamil
2004Kudaikul MazhaiTamil
2004Singara ChennaiTamil
2003RagasiyamaiTamil
2003IniiTamil(Short feature film)
2003Pudhiya GeethaiTamil(Background Score only)
2002Three RosesTamil
2002AlbumTamil
200216 DecemberHindi
2001Mitr, My FriendEnglish(Background Score only)
2001Hum Ho Gaye AapkeHindi(Background Score Only)
2001Dumm Dumm DummTamil
2001Ullam Kollai PoguthaeTamil
2001VaanchinathanTamil
2000Hoo Anthiya Ohoo AnthiyaKannada
1998Kadhala KadhalaTamil
1998Naam Iruvar Nammaku IruvarTamil
1997UllaasamTamil
1997GrahanHindiWinner, Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
1996Enakkoru Magan PirappanTamil
1996AlexanderTamil
1996ManickamTamil
1994RaasamaganTamil(Background Score only)
1994Amaidhi PadaiTamil(Background Score only)
1993AathmaTamilOne track
1993Sakkarai ThevanTamil(Background Score only)
1993PonnumaniTamil(Background Score only)
1993UzhaippaliTamil(Background Score only)
1992PandiyanTamilOne track

Albums[edit]

YearFilmLanguageNotes
2000Split Wide Open – AlbumHindiOne track
2000Kaathalai Gauravikkum NeramTamil
2000India UnlimitedHindi
2000Haule HauleHindiThree tracks
1997Meri Jaan HindustanHindiOne track

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krithika Reddy, T (23 October 2009). "Yuvan Unplugged". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Krithika Reddy, T (3 April 2009). "Karthik Raja croons for Yuvan". www.indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R (7 November 2008). "On a creative trip". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIaz2IJzr9g

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