Interview: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Posted on August 9, 2018


Yuvan Shankar Raja talks about the three distinct phases of Tamil film music — the MSV era, the Ilayaraja era, the Rahman era — and why, later, it’s been difficult to get a composer who monopolised the scene. He speaks about his legendary father, Ilayaraja, and explains the difference in their composing techniques, using two songs as examples — Machan machan from Silambattam (starring STR), Saayndhu saayndhu from Neethane en Pon Vasantham (directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon). He talks about his production, Pyaar Prema Kaadhal, and how he composed the BGM and the hit song, High on Love.

He talks about his collaborations with Selvaraghavan and Raam. He talks about how, as an untrained musician, he is able to give raga-based songs like Aaha kaadhal. He speaks about using live instruments and the difference it makes, and using the Chao Phraya Symphony Orchestra for Pudhupettai. He speaks about the changes in his life and music after embracing Islam. He addresses the social responsibility of a composer, with a song like Evan Di Unna Pethan. Finally, he talks about his favourite songs of his father’s in various genres.

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