Abdul Haliq, (born Yuvan Shankar Raja on 31 August 1979) is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer-songwriter. He mainly scores music for Tamil films. Considered a versatile composer, he is particularly known for his use of Western music elements and often credited with having introduced hip hop to the Tamil film and music industry and started the "era of remixes" in Tamil Nadu. Yuvan has won two Filmfare Awards, five Mirchi Music Awards, four Vijay Awards and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. Within a span of 23 years, Yuvan has worked on over 100 films. Being the youngest son of composer Ilaiyaraaja, he began his musical career in 1996, at the age of 16, when he composed the film score for Aravindhan. He made his breakthrough with the Thulluvadho Ilamai (2001) soundtrack, and established himself as one of Tamil cinema's most sought-after composers by the mid-2000s. He won the Best Music Director Award in 2004 for his score in the drama 7G Rainbow Colony. In 2006, he became the only Indian composer to win the Cyprus International Film Festival Award for the soundtrack of Raam. He also won the Filmfare Special Award – South in 2009 for his Telugu musical Oy!. In 2015, Yuvan created his own music label, U1 Records and in 2017, he started his own film production studio, YSR Films.
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