Yuvan Shankar Raja is a film composer and singer from Tamil Nadu, India.Yuvan is the youngest son of film composer Ilaiyaraaja, the younger brother of music director, Karthik Raja and the elder brother of playback singer and music director Bhavatharini. Yuvan said that his brother Karthik Raja is more talented than him, but did not get a successful break into the music business.
Yuvan Shankar Raja graduated from the St. Bede's School in Chennai. In 2005, he married his long time girlfriend Sujaya Chandran. Two years later the couple had filed for divorce through mutual consent and in February 2008, they finally had been granted divorce. The reason for the separation has been cited as 'irrevocable differences'.He broke off his friendship with Selvaraghavan due to certain untold issues and left the movie Aayirathil Oruvan.
His first composition was soundtrack for the Tamil language movie Aravindhan. Subsequently he broke into the Kollywood music scene with album Thulluvadho Ilamai. Other soundtracks on which he has worked include Manmadhan, Kadhal Kondein, 7G Rainbow Colony, and Kanda Naal Mudhal.
His soundtracks for the films Silambattam, Aegan, Saroja, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Billa, Satham Podathey and Vallavan established him as a leading composer. Soundtracks of films like Pudhupettai, which featured a traditional orchestral score played by Chapraya Symphony Orchestra in Bangkok, or Katrathu Tamil were critically acclaimed. Yuvan Shankar Rajas collaborations with the directors Selvaraghavan, Ameer Sultan, Silambarasan, Venkat Prabhu and Vishnuvardhan have resulted in successful soundtracks. Upcoming features include Kettavan,Yogi, and Sarvam. He is classified as one of the top music composers in kollywood and is the only music director from south india other than A.R.Rahman to receive an international award for music score for the film 'Raam' in Cannes Film Festival.