Karthik Raja is an India composer based in Chennai, India. He made his debut as film composer in the Tamil film Pandiyan (1992) and went on to score music for many critically and commercially acclaimed feature films.
|Born||29 June 1973|
|Origin||Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation(s)||composer and arranger|
Karthik Raja is the eldest son of Music Composer Maestro 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 and Boston Matriculation higher secondary school in Chennai. On 8 June 2000, Karthik Raja married Raja Rajeswari at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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.
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 Nayakan. 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 Manikkam. 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.
|1992||Pandiyan||Tamil||composed one track "Pandiyanin Rajyathil"|
|1993||Uzhaippali||Tamil||(Background Score only)|
|1993||Ponnumani||Tamil||(Background Score only) One song "Adiye Vanjikodi"|
|1993||Dharmaseelan||Tamil||(Background score only)|
|1993||Sakkarai Devan||Tamil||(Background Score only)|
|1993||Aathma||Tamil||One track "Ninaikindra Paathaiyil"|
|1994||Amaidhi Padai||Tamil||(Background Score only)|
|1994||Raasamagan||Tamil||(Background Score only)|
|1994||Kanmani||Tamil||Only one song "Netru Vandha Kaatru"|
|1996||Enakkoru Magan Pirappan||Tamil|
|1997||Grahan||Hindi||Winner, Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent|
|1998||Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar||Tamil|
|2000||Hoo Anthiya Uhoo Anthiya||Kannada|
|2001||Ullam Kollai Poguthae||Tamil|
|2001||Dumm Dumm Dumm||Tamil|
|2001||Hum Ho Gaye Aapke||Hindi||(Background Score Only)|
|2001||Mitr, My Friend||English||(Background Score only)|
|2003||Pudhiya Geethai||Tamil||(Background Score only)|
|2003||Inii||Tamil||(Short feature film)|
|2007||Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan||Tamil|
|2009||Anything For You||English|
|2014||Aranmanai||Tamil||(Background Score only)|
|2016||Dhilluku Dhuddu||Tamil||(Background Score only)|
|2021||Chidhambaram Railway Gate||Tamil|
|1996||Enakkoru Magan Pirappan||"Enthan Manam"||himself|
|1997||Devathai||"Enge En Kaadhali"||Ilayaraja|
|2001||Ullam Kollai Poguthae||"Kathavai Naan"||himself|
|2003||Ragasiyamai||"Kadhal Mannile", "Oduthe"||himself|
|2004||Neranja Manasu||"Tharisa Kedakkura"||himself|
|2010||Goa||"Yezhezhu Thalamuraikkum"||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2012||Kazhugu||"Aathadi Manasuthan"||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|1997||Meri Jaan Hindustan||Hindi||One track|
|2000||Split Wide Open – Album||Hindi||One track|
|2000||Kaathalai Gauravikkum Neram||Tamil|
|2000||Haule Haule||Hindi||Three tracks|
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- "YouTube". www.youtube.com.