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Karthik Raja

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Origin  Tamil Nadu, India
Website  Official website
Role  Composer
Parents  Ilayaraja, Jeeva Rajayya
Years active  1996–present
Name  Karthik Raja
Spouse  Raja Rajeswari (m. 2000)
Movies  Oru Oorla Oru Rajakumari
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Born  29 June 1973 (age 42) (1973-06-29)
Occupation(s)  Film composer, musician, Music Director, Singer, Piano Artist, Keyboard Artist
Siblings  Yuvan Shankar Raja, Bhavatharini
Similar People  Ilayaraja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Bhavatharini, Gangai Amaran, Venkat Prabhu

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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.


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Personal life

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.


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 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.


  • 1998: Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent Grahan
  • 2001: Cinema Express Award for Best Music Director – Dumm Dumm Dumm
  • Songs

    Aathadi Manasudhan
    Sotta Buggala Rukmini
    Adiyae Killiya
    Kudaikkhul Mazhai Thalattu
    Theme Music
    Gumma Gulabi Komma
    Haseena Gori Gori
    Dekha Tujhe To
    Jore Bada Jore
    Solla Vaarthaigal
    Motta Maadi
    Oduthe Oduthe
    Adada Adada
    New Year From
    Theme Music-3
    Theme Music-1
    Theme Music-2
    Anjali Anjali
    Kannil Dhagam
    Naan Endru Sol
    Saravana Bhava
    Pani Vizhum Kaalam
    AA Theme Music
    Jala Deepam
    Iravu Nilavu
    Kaattu Chedikku
    Kannukkul Tick tick
    Oduthey Oduthey
    Vaanam Namakku
    Jinu Jinu


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