Father did not oppose decision to convert to Islam: Yuvan Shankar Raja

  • IANS, Chennai
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2015 16:50 IST

Southern composer Yuvan Shankar Raja has said that his father Illayaraja did not oppose his decision to convert to Islam and, subsequently, marry a Muslim. He added that his father was neutral towards his conversion.

In 2014, Yuvan converted to Islam for unexplained reasons and married Jaffrunnisha earlier this year.

"My father was neutral towards my decision to convert to Islam and my third marriage. He couldn't attend my wedding owing to the short notice and his work commitments. We were welcomed with open arms when I returned home after marriage," said Yuvan.

He still prefers to be called Yuvan, and hasn't changed his name.

"Yuvan is my identity. I don't want to change that. Nothing about me changed except that I've embraced Islam," he said.

The composer is gearing up for a concert.

"The last few years were tough. I wrapped myself in a shell and stayed away from all sorts of rumours and gossips. I've finally come out and I intend to concentrate on my work. I'm looking forward to perform live in Thirunelveli on May 9," he added.

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