Rahul Raj is an Indian music author. He has created and delivered scores and soundtracks overwhelmingly for Malayalam films. He is a graduate of the esteemed Berklee School of Music and holds a postgraduate certification in scoring for movies, television and computer games.
Rahul Raj was brought into the world in Kochi to Promoter E. Thankappan and N. S. Kunjoonjamma. His tutoring was in Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara Cochin. He has one sister, Rehna Raj. From the age of 6, he was prepared in Mridangam and Carnatic Music. He graduated as an IT Specialist from CUSAT, Cochin and later on sought after courses, for example, CCNP and CCIE in Bangalore ILloka organizations, prior to moving to London. During his stretch in London, he went through preparing in Electronic Sound Creation. He helped Pradeep Menon, a UK-based Indian finance manager, remix a Tamil Ayappa record that was initially delivered, formed and sung by Pradeep Menon and Shashi Kumar in 1985. The reflection collection delivered in the UK, Canada and India is named Sabari Beats. It was delivered in November 2002 by Super recording in Tamil Nadu. Noted performers like Pravin Mani, Saroja, and Kamalakar were highlighted. This sent off Rahul Raj’s vocation. He additionally organized one more melody for Pradeep Menon called “Krishna” with percussionist Sivamani and James Asher from Joined Realm.
On getting back to India, Rahul created in excess of 100 jingles for advertisements in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. During this period, he had likewise created unique subjects for the overwhelming majority TV creations, including shows for Asianet and Amrita television. In 2003, he created the hymn Lokaha Samastha for Amma’s 50th birth commemoration, Amrithavarsam 50, which was subsequently utilized as the signature melody for Amrita television. He made Malayalam collections during the period, which incorporate En Jeevane (Pularmanju shaft), which was shot totally in the US by maker chief Tom George Kolath. The melody “Pularmanjupol Nee” from the collection, delivered by Karthik and Sujatha, turned into an evergreen hit. He was offered the chance to make the logo signature music for the show 50 Years of Malayalam Film Music with Padma Bhusan Dr. K. J. Yesudas. His most memorable element movie score and soundtrack were for Chotta Mumbai, coordinated by Anwar Rasheed and featuring Mohanlal in the number one spot. His subsequent delivery was Suresh Gopi’s Time coordinated by Shaji Kailas. Shankar Mahadevan sang in one of his structures for Chotta Mumbai. In 2008, he supplanted the threesome Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as the arranger of the Malayalam highlight film Maya Bazar, in which he worked with the Tamil film creation organization Ayngaran Worldwide. Around the same time, he turned into the primary music writer in Malayalam film industry to have an enlisted fans’ affiliation, called RRFA (Rahul Raj Fans Affiliation), situated in Thiruvananthapuram. In 2009, he created for movie producer Shyamaprasad’s Ritu, for which he accordingly won the Vayalar Grant. The honor was given by a jury of old school performers including K.P. Udayabhanu.
In 2010, he won the Kerala State Grant for Best Foundation Score for Ritu. That very year, he was welcome to College at Bison, The State College of New York to modify and extend Concerted fanfare Walks, the conventional conference music utilized by them, formed by Sir Edward Elgar. As well as growing Edward Elgar’s piece, he made two unique music pieces for the meeting, Dance of the Divine beings and The Situation by Rahul Raj. Around the same time he marked a venture called Mathilukalkkapuram, a spin-off of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s exemplary Mathilukal. The Mammootty starrer which additionally had Ravi K. Chandran and Resul Pookutty on board as cinematographer and sound architect individually was consequently retired. His main delivery in 2010 was Chekavar which failed in the cinematic world, with the music excessively not interesting to the majority. Later in the year he was drawn nearer to score The Spine chiller which he declined. He was likewise drawn closer to score two different movies which were 2011 deliveries, Pairs and China Town the two of which he dismissed refering to time requirements.
In 2011, Rahul Raj made his presentation in Telugu film by making music for the Siddharth – Shruti Haasan starrer Goodness My Companion. The sound of the film opened to overpowering reactions and rave audits, moving to the No. 1 situation in Telugu music diagrams, with the melody “Maa Daddy Pockets” specifically turning into a fury among the young. The sound proceeded to check record deals of 3 lakh Albums in no less than nine days of delivery. After very nearly a two-year break, in 2012 he got back to the Malayalam business by scoring for Amal Neerad’s Single man Party. The melodies became exciting hits and the foundation score got basic recognition. In 2013, he created for Kili Poyi, which was as far as anyone knows the principal stoner film in Malayalam Film. However the film opened to blended reactions, the title melody turned into an enormous hit. A few pundits hailed the foundation score as the most fascinating specialized part of the film. Rahul had a dull opening in 2014 with the high spending plan rom-com London Scaffold and Mannar Mathai Talking 2 the much advertised continuation of the faction parody exemplary Mannar Mathai Talking fizzling in the cinema world. Rahul had made just three tracks for London Scaffold, as he needed to leave the undertaking inferable from booking clashes. Later in the year, the Telugu film Paathshala for which he had created, turned into a film industry achievement. Rahul’s melodies for the film were gotten well, yet it was his experience score that was consistently lauded by all commentators, as a significant in addition to point, attributing it to have raised the film to an alternate level.
The year 2015, opened on an ideal note for Rahul, as his experience score for the Mammootty starrer Fire fighter got acclaim. His second arrival of the year was Sidhartha Siva’s Ain which won the Public Film Grant for Best Element Film in Malayalam. The long stretch of August saw the arrival of his tunes from Kohinoor, a heist film set during the 1980s. The tune Hemanthamen proceeded to round up consistent recognition from pundits and public the same, being hailed as an extraordinary nostalgic song. With discharges like Kasaba, IDI-Examiner Dawood Ibrahim having no massive effect, 2016 was a similarly drowsy year for Rahul Raj. The year 2017 opened on a superb note with his melody Lailakame from Ezra turning into a raving success, inciting a few cover renditions, including one by Rahul Raj himself. In mid 2018, the film Kuttanadan Marpappa met with negative surveys with the music also getting a tepid reaction. He marked Institute Grant Victor Resul Pookutty’s multilingual named The Sound Story coordinated by Pookutty’s protege Prasad Prabhakar. The film was promoted to highlight 164 tracks including foundation score pieces and 2 melodies. He made the tunes out of the film, yet quit prior to making the foundation score, as there were plan clashes with his stretch in Berklee, Spain. For a similar explanation, he likewise needed to quit Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel subsequent to giving two tunes.
In June 2019, he formed and directed the musical piece Birth of the Foe, which was performed by the London Orchestra.He got back from Europe in July 2019 and was quickly endorsed by Priyadarshan to make the foundation score out of his perfect work of art Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, a verifiable legendary set in the sixteenth 100 years. Having no delivery in 2020 because of pandemic-actuated deferments, his most memorable delivery after the 2020 lockdown was the Mammootty-starrer The Cleric in mid 2021. The film opened to blended surveys, yet the music met with predominantly certain reactions, especially the score with IBTimes hailing it as the significant feature of the film. His most memorable delivery in 2022 was the Mohanlal-starrer Aarattu, coordinated by B. Unnikrishnan which got overwhelmingly certain surveys for the music, regardless of the film being fundamentally panned. In the interim, veteran chief Sathyan Anthikad marked him to score his Jayaram-starrer Makal. His other prominent impending deliveries are the Nivin Pauly-starrer Thaaram coordinated by Vinay Govind, Narayaneente Moonaanmakkal coordinated by Sharan Venugopal, The Legislator coordinated by Kishore Prakash Menon and an untitled movie coordinated by Rathish Ambat in Malayalam; Yaar in Tamil; and one more untitled film in Hindi.
Rahul Raj is known for giving super current arrangement in his tunes. He involves worldwide components for the instrumentation in his tunes. His experience scores specifically are rich with components of orchestra and Western Traditional music.
Rahul is married to Miriam, a German national and has a daughter Akshaine, who was born in 2012.
As President of FEFKA Music Directors’ Union
In 2013, Rahul Raj was designated as the President of the FEFKA Music Directors’ Union, the official association of film composers in the Malayalam film industry.