Master Dhanraj

Master Dhanraj (also credited as Dhanraj Master) is an India musician, multi-instrumentalist from Tamil Nadu.

Master Dhanraj
OriginMylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)Music teacher, musician, instrumentalist

Biography and careerEdit

Master Dhanraj is a famous and renowned music teacher in Madras (now Chennai). He have made musical research on the epic Silappatikaram. Orchestration for the grand Tamil movie Chandralekha was done by Dhanraj.[1]

He is well known as the guru of greats such as Maestro Ilaiyaraaja,[2] and Mozart of Madras A. R. Rahman.[2][3] The Melody King Vidyasagar,[4] and Malayalam music director Shyam are also students of Master. Veteran Chennai-based music teacher Mr.A.Abdul Sattar (who was the guru of music directors Harris Jayaraj, D.Imman, S.Thaman, S.J.Suriya) and has won the Best Teacher Award from Trinity College London for the past 25 consecutive years is also a student of Dhanraj.

Ilaiyaraaja (Previously called as Raasayya) joined Dhanraj Master as a student to learn musical instruments[5] and the master renamed and called him as just "Raaja".[1]

He is famous for teaching Western classical music.[6]


Bramma Mela Pramanam

Isai Vithi

180 Degree


Dhanraj master was considered to be the bedrock of western music in Chennai. He was one of the trios who laid the foundation for Chennai becoming a hub of Western classical music.[2]

Renowned students of Dhanraj includes,

A. R. Rahman
Abdul Sattar


  1. ^ a b Kolappan, B. (2 February 2019). "Maestro remembers Dhanraj Master". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Kolappan, B. (30 August 2015). "Trinity of western classical music". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ Mathai, Kamini (1 January 2009). A. R. Rahman: The Musical Storm. Penguin Books India. ISBN 9780670083718.
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  5. ^ Slobin, Mark (29 September 2008). Global Soundtracks: Worlds of Film Music. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 9780819568823.
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