A. M. Raja was one of the successful composer and a singer in the South Indian film industry in the 1950s era. His successful albums include Missamma, Then nilavu, Kalyana Parisu etc. Starting his singing career in the movie Samsaram, he sang songs for many music directors. He sang many songs for the actor Gemini Ganesan. He became music director in the movie Kalyana parisu, directed by his friend Sreedhar. That was Sreedhar's first movie too. After that he did Then nilavu with Sreedhar. But his downfall started after that. It was said that his attitude brought his own downfall.