Music was something that was natural to him since he hails from a musical family. His parents, J.M.Raju and Latha Raju, are playback singers in Malayalam while his grandmother, late Smt.Shantha P. Nair, was a very well known name in the Malayalam music industry in 60s and 70s. A self-taught musician, Aalaap's name spread through the most prestigious cutural event in India - 'Saarang' hosted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) where he was awarded 'Best Instrumentalist' for his bass playing. And that was the starting point of numerous recording sessions and live performances in India and abroad. His singing took more prominence once Enamo Aedho released. Aalaap now concentrates on singing and bass playing equally in Studios and Live.