Aemala Manmadharaju Rajah was popularly known as A. M. Rajah or Rajah. His songs were featured in numerous Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada, Hindi and sinhalese films in the 1950s, early 1960s and early 1970s. He also composed music for several films. His grandson Yeshwanth Raja, an upcoming singer and a music director debuted into the industry with scoring the background for the film Jithan 2 in 2016.
A. M. Rajah died on 7 April 1989 at the age of almost 60 in an unfortunate train accident when he tripped and fell into the tracks while boarding a moving train. He was on the way to perform a concert in a temple in Kanyakumari district, and when the train he was travelling reached Valliyur station in Tirunelveli district, one of his band members went for drinking water, and went missing for a while. Rajah stepped in the platform to find him, and found him at last. But, the train was already moving, and while going to board the train, Rajah slipped and fell into the tracks, killing him instantly. His wife Jikki outlived him for 15 years, finally dying in 2004. His children survive him.