S. A. Rajkumar is an Indian film music director who hails from Chennai, Tamilnadu. He has composed music for many south Indian films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. Light-hearted melodies are often considered his forte.
Rajkumar was born on 23rd August 1964 to Selvarajan and Kannammal in Chennai, Tamilnadu. The family ancestors belong to Paettai, Thirunelveli District. His father was a vocalist performing in stage shows conducted by popular music directors such as Ilayaraja, Gangai Amaren, Deva among others.
Rajkumar had been a silent admirer of his father's musical career and developed a self interest towards music. It was his mother who discovered his flair for music and pursued his father to make him join music classes. Rajkumar underwent classical music training under the guidance of Subbaiah Bhagavathar for 3 years.
After years of formal music training, Rajkumar began to conduct musical shows on his own and was on the way to look for film opportunities. It was in 1987, director duo Robert-Rajashekar came forward to sign him as the music director for their film Chinna Poove Mella Pesu. This film had Prabhu and Ramki in the lead roles.
Since then, Rajkumar has scored for over hundred films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries. His scores for the films such as Suryavamsam, Aval Varuvala, Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, Thulladha Manamum Thullum , Vanathai Pola, Raja, Vasantham have all been huge hits and considered memorable for long time.