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Hariharan

Hariharan (Malayalam:ഹരിഹരൻ, Tamil:ஹரிஹரன்) (born 3 April 1955) is an Indian playback singer in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and Telugu movies, an established ghazal singer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music.[1] His melody is strongly appreciated by the film fraternity.

Early life

Born in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) he grew up in Mumbai in a Kerala Tamil Iyer family, and has bachelor degrees in science and law. He did his collegiate studies from S.I.E.S.College. The son of renowned Carnatic vocalists, Shrimati Alamelu and the late H.A.S. Mani (full name:Anantha Subramani Iyer), he inherited his parents' musical talents. Alamelu was Hariharan's first guru (mentor). From here he picked up Carnatic music skills. He was also exposed to Hindustani music from a young age. In his teens, inspired by the songs of Mehdi Hassan and Jagjit Singh, Hariharan developed a passion for ghazals and started training in Hindustani music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. He used to put in nine hours of singing practice everyday. The committed Hariharan also put heart and soul into learning Urdu when he decided to become a ghazal singer.

Career

Further information: Hariharan discography

Film career

At the start of his career, Hariharan did the concert circuit and also performed on TV. He sang for a number of TV serials (e.g., Junoon). In 1977, he bagged the top prize in the "All India Sur Singaar Competition" and was promptly signed on by the late music director Jaidev to sing for his new Hindi film Gaman (1978). His debut song "Ajeeb Saane He Mujh Par Qarar" in that movie became such a hit that it won him an Uttar Pradesh State Film Award, as well as a National Award nomination.[2]

Hariharan entered the world of Tamil films in 1992 introduced by debutant music director A.R. Rahman with the patriotic song "Thamizha Thamizha" in Maniratnam's film Roja. He was judged best male playback singer in the 1995 Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards for his soulful rendition of the song "Uyire Uyire" also by music director A.R Rahman in Maniratnam's Bombay (Hariharan sang the song with K.S. Chitra). Hariharan has been one of the most trusted singers of Rahman and has sung many songs for him in long list of movies that includes Muthu, Minsara Kanavu, Jeans, Indian, Mudhalvan, Taal, Rangeela, Indira, Iruvar, Anbe Aaruyire, Kangalal Kaithu Sei, Sivaji, Alaipayuthey, Kannathil Muthamittal, Guru, etc. In 1998, Hariharan won the national award for the best playback singer for the soulful rendition of the song "Mere Dushman Mere Bhai" from the Hindi movie Border, composed by Anu Malik. Hariharan fetched another National Award for the Marathi song Jiv Rangla from Jogwa, set to tune by Ajay-Atul in the year 2009.

He has sung more than 500 Tamil songs and nearly a thousand Hindi songs. He has also sung hundreds of songs in Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali etc.

Hariharan has acted in a Tamil film with Khushboo, Power of Women, and played cameo roles in the Tamil film Boys and the Malayalam film Millennium Stars.

Ghazals

Hariharan is one of the foremost Indian ghazal singer and composer who has more than thirty albums to his credit. In his early career, he cut several successful ghazal albums, writing most of the scores himself. One of Hariharan's first ghazal albums was Aabshar-e-Ghazal with Asha Bhonsle, which went gold in sales. Another outstanding ghazal album was Gulfam, which not only hit double platinum in sales but also fetched Hariharan the Diva Award for the Best Album of the Year in 1994. The other major ghazal albums by him are Hazir (1992), Jashn (1996), Halka Nasha (1996), Paigham (1997), Kaash (2000) and Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang (2005). His live concert recordings, Hariharan in Concert (1990), Saptarishi (album) (1996) and Swar Utsav (2001) were run away successes. His latest ghazal album is Lafzz... (2008).

Colonial Cousins

The year 1996 was a career milestone; he formed the band Colonial Cousins with Bombay-based composer/singer Leslie Lewis. Their first album, Colonial Cousins was a fusion album and was the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged. It won a string of awards including the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award. By this single album, he established himself as one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. The next albums by this band were The Way We Do It (1998) and Aatma (album) (2001) but were fairly noticed. 2009 Tamil film Modhi Vilayadu had score and soundtrack composed by Colonial Cousins.

Recent years

In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri and Yesudas Award for his outstanding performance in music.

Hariharan collaborated with Pakistan based band Strings for a track called "bolo bolo". He released an album called Destiny with Punjabi / bhangra artist Daler Mehndi. His newest ghazal album Lahore ke rang, Hari ke sang with renowned ghazal composers from Pakistan won him rave reviews and critical acclaim inside and outside India. He also coined the terminology "Urdu Blues" with his fairly successful album Kaash which featured musicians like Anandan Sivamani the percussion maestro, Ustaad Rashid Mustafa on tabla, Ustad Liyaqat Ali Khan on sitar and Ustad Sultan Khan on sarangi. Hariharan also worked with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on his ghazal album Haazir.

Major Awards

Civilian Awards

National Film Awards

Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Discography

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Filmography

This list includes some of the major film songs sung by Hariharan in various languages. For complete list, see Hariharan discography. Template:Multicol

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References

  1. ^ "Hariharan believes in identity, style". New Straits Times. December 17, 1998.
  2. ^ http://www.hummaa.com/music/artist/Hariharan/17300