NewYork-Raja, as he is known among the Tamil community in the Toronto Area, founded SaReGa Music – School of Fine Arts in 2001, to teach Indian popular film music on the keyboards and guitar.
Born and raised in Chennai, NewYork-Raja has worked with many celebrity music composers, singers and musicians and popular orchestras in India, USA and Canada, as well as television shows and All India Radio Programs. Raja also had many years of training in Classical and Film Music in India, and has released many popular private albums with many celebrity singers in India.
NewYork Raja is a well sought after composer and musician, whose music has been used for many radio and TV station ads and title songs, as well as other film/documentary projects. He is also a prominent musical personality known for music projects with other musicians in the GTA in India, as well as judging various music competitions.
Three songs from ‘Oru Minnal-the true love’ composed by NewYork-Raja were used in the Tamil movie ‘Mathi’, directed by M.Srirangan, which was well appreciated by the Tamil community in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).
Recently, NewYork-Raja scored some back ground music in the documentary film ‘Common Ground’ directed by Phil Bucellato in NewYork, to be released soon in various film festivals around the world. For more info on this documentary film, please visit: www.greenermedia.com
NewYork Raja has won numerous awards and appreciation from critics on his music, and has recently won the Long Term Service for 10+ years, Citizen of the Year award for 2012, awarded by the City of Brampton, Ontario.
One of NewYork-Raja’s gurus, the music composer MS Viswanathan, has appreciated NewYork-Raja many times on his music, and has sung a song for one of his compositions. Other famous singers who have sung for NewYork-Raja are: SP Balasubrahmanyam, P.Susheela, UnniKrishnan, Sujatha, KrishnaRaj, SPB Charan, Devan, Harish Raghavendra, Krish, Bhuvana, Srivardhini, Sravya and many others.
Almost all the popular singers of Toronto have sung in Raja’s stage shows and music CDs and they are: HariBhaskar, Parthiban, Praba, Sathya, Senthooran Azhagaiya, Vanabadigal-Sivakumar, Vakeesan, Saiesan, Hemanth, Myuran, Nandita, Aruntha, Elisabeth Malini, Nirjany, Vijitha and others.
NewYork-Raja has also worked with the Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman. AR Rahman (then known as AS Dileepkumar), has played keyboards for NewYork-Raja, (then known as Guru) for his recordings. Guru has also performed with Dileep on his stage shows as well.