Aalaap Raju

General Profile of Aalaap Raju  -   Cine Play Back Singers

Aalaap Raju (born 6 June 1979) is a playback singer and a bass player from Chennai, India. He has sung for music directors like Harris Jayaraj, Thaman, G.V Prakash, Deepak Dev, D.Imman, Sreekanth Deva etc.

His other noticeable songs include Engeyum Kadhal from Engeyum Kadhal, Endhan Kann Munnae from Nanban, Kadhal Oru Butterfly and Akila Akila from Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, Anjana Anjana from Vandhan Vendran, Kuthu Kuthu from Ayyanar, Endhuko Yemo from Rangam, Nenjodu Cherthu from YUVVH, Theeyae Theeyae from Maattrraan, Jal Jal Osai from Manam Kothi Paravai etc.

Music was something that was natural to him since he hails from a musical family. His parents, J.M.Raju and Latha Raju, are playback singers in Malayalam while his grandmother, late Smt.Shantha P. Nair, was a very well known name in the Malayalam music industry in 60s and 70s. A self-taught musician, Aalaap's name spread through the most prestigious cutural event in India - 'Saarang' hosted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) where he was awarded 'Best Instrumentalist' for his bass playing.

And that was the starting point of numerous recording sessions and live performances in India and abroad. His singing took more prominence once Enamo Aedho released. Aalaap now concentrates on singing and bass playing equally in Studios and Live. As a Singer and Bass Player, Aalaap has performed with several prominent artists such as Dr.T.V.Gopalakrishnan, Dr.L.Subramaniam, Frank Dubier etc. and has recorded with noticeable composers such as Ilayaraja, Harris Jayaraj, Mani Sarma, G.V Prakash, Thaman, Deepak Dev etc.

He has more than 300 concerts to his credit. He has formed a duo multi-genre band called Rahlaap ( along with playback singer Rahul Nambiar. Rahlaap is out with their maiden self-titled multi-genre album. Available in his website and other music portals like iTunes, Amazon, Hummaa etc.

He has also sung for several Christian and Hindu albums. His latest Malayalam song 'Nenjodu Cherthu' for Yuvvh has become an instant hit in the YouTube world, crossing 1.4 million views in just 4 months of release. Aalaap Raju is married to Dimple, a Software Consultant. They have a daughter named Dia Samara.

Awards & Titles

Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Tamil – "Enamo Aedho" for Ko

Edison Award for Best Male Playback Singer – "Enamo Aedho" for Ko

Vijay Award for Song of the Year (for Enamo Aedho) - 2011

Radio Mirchi Award for Song of the Year (for Enamo Aedho) - 2011

Edison Award for Best Singer - 2011

Chennai Times Award for Best Singer - 2011

Screen Moon Award for Best Singer - 2011

Kannadasan Award for Best Debutant Singer - 2011

Big FM Rising Star Award for Best Singer - 2011

Jaya Award for Best Debutant Singer - 2011

V4 Shivaji - MGR Award for Best Singer - 2011