Birth: 31-08-1979, Chennai, India
Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian Tamil & Telugu film music and soundtrack composer, singer and occasional lyricist. He started his music career at 16, composing the film score for `Aravindhan`. He subsequently composed film scores for a variety of South Indian films, which include commercial blockbusters such as `Dheena`, `Manmadhan`, `Paruthiveeran`, `Billa`, `Yaaradi Nee Mohini` and `Paiyaa` as well as acclaimed films such as `Nandha`, `Kaadhal`, `Kondein`, `7G Rainbow Colony`, `Raam`, `Pudhupettai` and `Kattradhu Thamizh`. Within a span of 13 years, Yuvan Shankar Raja has worked in over 75 films. Considered a versatile composer, he often strives to provide innovative music and explores elements from various genres in his compositions that range from folk to heavy metal. He is particularly known for his use of western music and often credited with having introduced Hip Hop to the Tamil film and music industry, as also for having started the "era of remixes" in Tamil Nadu.