Karthik Raja

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.[1][2][3]

Karthik Raja
Born29 June 1973
OriginTamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)composer and arranger
Years active1992–present

Personal lifeEdit

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.[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 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.


Film scores/SoundtracksEdit

Year Title Language Other notes
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
1996 Manikkam Tamil
1996 Alexander Tamil
1997 Grahan Hindi Winner, Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
1997 Ullaasam Tamil
1998 Naam Iruvar Nammaku Iruvar Tamil
1998 Kadhala Kadhala Tamil
2000 Hoo Anthiya Uhoo Anthiya Kannada
2001 Vaanchinathan Tamil
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)
2002 16 December Hindi
2002 Album Tamil
2002 Three Roses Tamil
2003 Pudhiya Geethai Tamil (Background Score only)
2003 Inii Tamil (Short feature film)
2003 Ragasiyamai Tamil
2004 Singara Chennai Tamil
2004 Kudaikul Mazhai Tamil
2005 Rightaa Thappaa Tamil
2005 Neranja Manasu Tamil
2006 Mercury Pookkal Tamil
2006 Naalai Tamil
2006 Thullura Vayasu Tamil
2007 Manathodu Mazhaikalam Tamil
2007 Murugaa Tamil
2007 Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyan Tamil
2007 Maa Madurai Tamil
2008 Mukhbiir Hindi
2008 Chakkara Viyugam Tamil
2009 Achamundu Achamundu Tamil
2009 Kudiyarasu Tamil
2009 Anything For You English
2010 Zamana Kannada
2010 Rettaisuzhi Tamil
2012 Tuneega Tuneega Telugu
2012 Veyilodu Vilayadu Tamil
2014 Vaaraayo Vennilaave Tamil
2014 Rajadhi Raja Malayalam
2014 Aranmanai Tamil (Background Score only)
2014 Avan Aval Tamil
2015 Sagaptham Tamil
2016 Dhilluku Dhuddu Tamil (Background Score only)
2017 Pagadi Aattam Tamil
2018 Padaiveeran Tamil
2021 Aatkal Thevai Tamil
2021 Maamanithan Tamil
2021 Pisaasu II Tamil
2021 Chidhambaram Railway Gate Tamil
2021 Maadathee Tamil


Year Title Song Composer Other notes
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


Year Film Language Notes
1997 Meri Jaan Hindustan Hindi One track
2000 Split Wide Open – Album Hindi One track
2000 Kaathalai Gauravikkum Neram Tamil
2000 India Unlimited Hindi
2000 Haule Haule Hindi Three tracks



  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. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  4. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.

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