To begin with, Karthik Raja may be a known personality because of his Maestro father but he is yet to be recognized for his music.
He was considered the most talented among Ilayaraja’s three siblings and was widely expected to succeed his father, but things came into reality in a most unexpected manner. Yuvan became the most successful (with no disrespect).
Even though Karthik has not lived up to the expectations of his father and fans, he still has a lot to give.
I say this because he has loads of talents within him which can make him one of the bests of South India. I have listened to a few numbers of him for a long time without knowing it was his compositions.
Especially the movie named "Ullasam" and the song 'Veesum Kaatrukku'; this song personally mesmerizes my heart every time I listen to; such a combo of voices, lyrics and music. There are also other lovable numbers such as 'Para Para Kili' from 'Rettai Suzhi', Chellame Chellam from Album, Pandiyanin Rajiyathil from Pandiyan (which many of you might have thought to be Ilayaraja’s composition), Malarvaai from Mercury Pookkal, Oru Maatram from Naalai.
In 1997 he was introduced in Hindi in the movie named Grahan. With no surprise he was announced the winner of Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for the same movie. Karthik has given good music but sadly most of his movies never knocked the box office which drowned his works without recognition. He has all the talents but not the best of directors to work with, like today’s music directors like Yuvan and G V Prakash have had. Let’s wish and look forward to Karthik 's newest project 'Veyilodu Vilayadu' which has some notably good numbers. Listen and recommend your friends if you like.