Music Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja Reverts to Islam
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Chennai: Popular music composer Illayarajâ€™s younger son and a famous composer himself Yuvan Shankar Raja Monday confirmed that he has reverted to Islam, adding that he is proud of the decision which got his familyâ€™s support.
Though the rumour was going around for quite some time, Yuvan, confirmed this in a tweet.
â€œYes, I follow Islam and Iâ€™m proud about it. Alhamdhulillah,â€ Yuvan Shankar Raja posted on Twitter.
There were rumours that Yuvan, who was married twice, was now going to marry a Muslim woman.
However, he has denied the rumours.
â€œIâ€™m not married for the third time. The news is false, and yes, I follow Islam and Iâ€™m proud of it,â€ India Today quoted him as saying.
Yuvan also tweeted: â€œMy family supports my decision and there is no misunderstanding between me and my dadâ€.
Yuvan, 34, has composed music for 100 films till date.
His 100th was a Tamil movie, Biriyani.
Sources close to Yuvan say he first informed his father about his decision to change his religion.
â€œInitially, Ilayaraja was shocked but later he reconciled,â€ says a source close to Yuvan.
Yuvan got married to his longtime friend Sujaya in 2005. But they got divorced in 2007.
In 2011, he married Shilpa. But the second marriage also went through turbulence.
Sources in the industry say his second wife has gone to London and is living there with her parents.
A source close to him has revealed that Raja has reverted to Islam almost a year ago following the death of his mother.
â€œYuvan was very attached to his mother and soon after she passed away, he started missing her a lot,â€ the source told Times of India.
â€œHe also met a spiritual guru, but we cannot say what exactly made him follow Islam,â€ he added, maintaining that he was not inspired by fellow composer AR Rahman who had reverted to Islam.