• Hariharan

Hariharan is one among those rare artists who can render both Hindustani and Carnatic classical music with the panache that not many other singers can ever imagine. He holds such an exceptional flair for singing in different languages and genres with equal facility. Hariharan established his niche among the favourites of ardent music lovers through his light as well as heavy classical concerts, ghazals and pop albums. He is one of the pioneering musicians who build immense popularity for fusion music in the country. The range of his mesmerizing voice and incomparable singing style has made him one of the great singers in modern India. People love him not only for his extraordinary talent but also for his charismatic personality, humbleness and sense of humor.

Hariharan was born on 3rd April 1955 in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala and was brought up in Mumbai. He inherited the music talents from his parents, Shrimati Alamelu and late Anantha Subramani Iyer populary known as H.A.S. Mani. Hariharan started his career by performing concerts and singing in TV shows. Initially he sang for several Hindi serials, and later started concentrating on ghazals. "Aabshar-e-Ghazal" is one among Hariharan's first ghazal sung with Asha Bhonsle. The ghazal album, "Gulfam", was one of his bests and won Diva award in1994. His entry to film industry was in 1992 as A.R Rahman introduced his voice through the film Roja. His outstanding rendition of the unforgettable patriotic song, "Thamizha Thamizha", imprinted his name in the hearts of music fans across the country. Within a short span, he became an integral part of Southern and Bollywood films.

Another important milestone in the career of Hariharan was the album Colonial Cousins composed with the Bombay based composer/singer Leslie Lewis. This album won a string OF award and MTV Indian Viewer's Choice Award. In the year 2004, he won Padma Shri and Yesudas Award for his outstanding contributions to Indian music. Two National Awards for the best play back singer also added more feathers in his cap.

Now he is working with DAM999, the Hollywood movie directed by Sohan Roy. The whole world will dance with his voice as DAM999 is going to be released at the end of this year. This is an excellent opportunity for international audience for listening to the blissful voice of this legendary singer.