Yuvan 100 – A tribute to little Maestro

by Sai Shyam G

Yuvan Shankar Raja is one of those very few music directors who can produce fresh music and tunes every time. Even with 16 years of experience in Kollywood, he still gives his best for every album, irrespective of the cast and crew. His latest album ‘Biriyani’ has been getting him rave accolades and we feel this is the right time to write a tribute to him for his impeccable contribution to Indian music.

Early days

Although Yuvan was introduced into the film industry as maestro Ilayaraja’s son, his talent and perseverance have gained him the popularity and fame. He made his debut with ‘Aravindhan’ at the age of 16 in 1996. He got his first break through Suriya’s ‘Poovellam Kettupar’ in 1999. ‘Chudithar Aninthu’ track from the film is an evergreen melody. He also got a chance to work with Ajith in ‘Dheena’ at a very early stage of his career.

Rise to stardom

Yuvan made a huge impact with ‘Thulluvadho Ilamai’ in 2001, when he joined hands with Selvaraghavan for the first time. He continued to work in many prominent films such as Bala’s ‘Nandha’ and Ameer’s ‘Mounam Pesiyadhe’. He once again teamed up with Selvaraghavan for ‘Kaadhal Kondein’ in 2003. The album was a chartbuster and he became one of the most sought-after music composer in Kollywood.

Yuvan never ceased from impressing the listeners and his ‘7G Rainbow Colony’ album is rated as one of the best albums in Tamil cinema. He also worked in Selvaraghvan’s ‘Pudhupettai’. He is also a regular in Vishnuvardhan’s films. He has scored music for films such as ‘Arinthum Ariyamalum’, ‘Pattiyal’, ‘Billa’ and ‘Sarvam’. He is also currently scoring muic for Ajith’s ‘Arrambam’.

He also shares a great rapport with Venkat Prabhu. He has produced successful albums like ‘Chennai 6000028’, ‘Saroja’, ‘Goa’ and ‘Mankatha’. His latest album ‘Biriyani’ is also under Venkat Prabhu’s direction. His other memorable album’s include ‘Manmadhan’, ‘Raam’, ‘Kanda Naal Mudhal’, ‘Deepavali’, ‘Satham Podathey’, ‘Paiyaa’, ‘Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal’, ‘Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer’ and ‘Thanga Meengal’. To sum it up, Yuvan is best utilized by directors such as Selvaraghavan, Ameer, Vishnuvardhan and Venkat Prabhu.

Trendsetter in Kollywood

Yuvan also gets the credit for introducing hip-hop in Tamil music industry and also composing the first remix song in Tamil. “Aasai Nooru Vagai” song from ‘Kurumbu’ is considered as the first remix song in Tamil. Also, the ritual of releasing singles started with his ‘Evan di unna pethan’ from ‘Vaanam’. Even though Yuvan did not learn classical music, he has used complex carnatic ragas in several films.

Not only through his music, Yuvan has also impressed us as a singer many times. He has crooned in many of his own albums such as  ‘Thulluvadho Ilamai’, ‘April Maadhathil’, ‘Pudhupettai’, ‘Pattiyal’, ‘Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu’, ‘Deepavali’, ‘Kattradhu Thamizh’, ‘Siva Manasula Sakthi’, ‘Sarvam’, ‘Paiyaa’ and ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’. Also, he sang a song for AR Rahman in ‘Mariyaan’, which was an instant hit.


  • Cyprus International Film Festival Award For Best Musical Score Feature Film for Raam (2006)
  • Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil) for 7G Rainbow Colony (2004)
  • Filmfare Special Jury Award for Oy! (2009)(Telugu)
  • Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for Pattiyal (2006)

We wish Yuvan to give us many hundreds of more successful albums and entertain us with his amazing music! For now, let’s bow down to this amazing musical genius!