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Hariharan (born 3 April 1955) is an Indian playback and ghazal singer, whose songs have been featured mainly in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Telugu films. He is an established ghazal singer and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri
Padma Shri
by the Government of India[1] and is a two-time National Award winner. Hariharan, associating with Lesle Lewis, formed Colonial Cousins, a two-member band. They have cut many private music albums and also scored music for few feature films in Tamil cinema and Bollywood cinema.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Film career 2.2 Ghazals 2.3 Colonial Cousins 2.4 Recent years

3 Major awards 4 Discography 5 Featured albums 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit]

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Hariharan was born in Thiruvananthapuram
the capital city of Kerala State and brought up in Bombay
now known as Mumbai. He has bachelor's degrees in science and law. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam
and Tamil. 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 ), he inherited his parents' musical talents. Alamelu was Hariharan's first guru (mentor).From her, he picked up Carnatic music
Carnatic music
skills. He was also exposed to Hindustani music from a young age. In his teens, inspired by the songs of Mehdi Hassan, Hariharan developed a passion for ghazals and started training in Hindustani music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. He used to put in thirteen hours of singing practice every day. Career[edit] Further information: Hariharan discography Film career[edit]

Hariharan performing at A R Rahman's concert, Sydney (2010)

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 won 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 Sa neha Mujh Par Guzar gaya yaaron" 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
Tamil films
in 1992 introduced by debutant music director A.R. Rahman
A.R. Rahman
with the patriotic song "Thamizha Thamizha" in Maniratnam's film Roja.[3] He was judged best male playback singer in the 1995 Tamil Nadu
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. Chithra). 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, Dasavathaaram, Sivaji, Alaipayuthey, Kannathil Muthamittal, Guru, Enthiran
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 got another National Award for the Marathi song "Jiv Rangla" from Jogwa, set to tune by Ajay Atul
Ajay Atul
in the year 2009.[4] He has sung more than 500 Tamil songs and nearly 200 Hindi
songs. He has also sung hundreds of songs in Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Bengali languages. Hariharan has acted in a Tamil film with Kushboo, Power of Women (2005), and played cameo roles in the Tamil film Boys and the Malayalam
film Millennium Stars. Ghazals[edit] Hariharan is one of the foremost Indian ghazal singers and composers with more than thirty albums to his credit.[5] 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 Bhosle, which went gold in sales.[5] 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 1995.[5] The other major ghazal albums by him are Hazir (1992), Jashn (1996), Halka Nasha
Halka Nasha
(1996), Paigham
(1997), Kaash (2000), and Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang (2005).[5] His live concert recordings, Hariharan in Concert (1990), Saptarishi (1996) and Swar Utsav
Swar Utsav
(2001) were run away successes. His latest ghazal album is Lafzz...
(2008). Hariharan worked with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on his album Hazir.[5] The album Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang
Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang
won rave reviews and critical acclaim inside and outside India. A.R. Rahman
A.R. Rahman
was an avid listener of his ghazals way before roping him in to sing his first song in Tamil film music, "Thamizha Thamizha", for the film Roja. Colonial Cousins[edit] The year 1996 was a career milestone; he formed the band Colonial Cousins with Mumbai-based composer and singer Lesle Lewis.[6] Their first album, Colonial Cousins
Colonial Cousins
was a fusion album and was the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged.[7] It won a string of awards including the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award and Billboard Award for the Best Asian Music Group.[5][7] By this single album, Hariharan 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 (2001) but were fairly noticed. Colonial Cousins released their fourth studio album "Once More" on 29 October 2012 under the label Universal. The 2009 Tamil film Modhi Vilayadu
Modhi Vilayadu
had score and soundtrack composed by Colonial Cousins.[8] They also scored the 2010 Tamil film Chikku Bukku. Recent years[edit]


In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri
Padma Shri
and Yesudas Award for his outstanding performance in music.[9][10] Hariharan collaborated with Pakistan
based band Strings for a track called "Bolo Bolo".[11] He released an album called Destiny with Punjabi/bhangra artist Daler Mehndi.[12] He coined the terminology "Urdu Blues" with his fairly successful album Kaash which featured musicians like Anandan Sivamani
Anandan Sivamani
the percussion maestro, Ustad Rashid Mustafa on tabla, Ustad Liyaqat Ali Khan on sitar and Ustad Sultan Khan
Ustad Sultan Khan
on sarangi.[citation needed] He also performed the Swagatham song in the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony held in New Delhi on 3 October.[13] In 2014 he launched his official website. He is currently appearing in a music show in Jaya TV named Hari Yudan Naan which is aired every Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 9:00 pm.[14] Hariharan collaborated with Sarangan Sriranganathan for "Sruthi" at the Sydney Hill Centre and the Melbourne Robert Blackwood Hall Australia in 2011[15] He unofficially released ghazal singer Adithya Srinivasan's first international single 'Gham e Duniya' at the Gateway Hotel, Bangalore.[16] He was selected as judge for Asianet Star Singer Season 6 programme, a very popular music contest television show for upcoming singers in Malayalam. Hariharan was a part of the 'Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged', aired in December 2015.[17] Major awards[edit]

Civilian Awards

2004 – Padma Shri[9]

National Film Awards

1998 – National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: "Mere Dushman", Border 2009 – National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: "Jeev Dangla Gungla Rangla", Jogwa[4]

State Film Awards

2011 – Kerala
State Film Award for Best Singer – for the song "Pattu Paaduvaan" in the film "Pattinte Palazhi" music by Dr. Suresh Manimala

Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award

2004 – For his outstanding contribution to Indian film music[10]

Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
State Film Awards

2004 – Best Male Playback Singer – for various films 1995 – Best Male Playback Singer – for the song "Koncha Naal" in the film Aasai

Nandi Awards

1999 – Best Male Playback Singer – for the song "Hima Semalloyallo" in the film Annayya

Asianet Film Awards

2012 – Best Male Playback Singer – for Amrithamayi from Snehaveedu 2011 – Best Male Playback Singer – for "Aaro Padunnu" from Katha Thudarunnu[18]

Kalakar Awards-

8th Kalakar Awards 2000 – for Best Male Playback Singer

Filmfare Awards South-

2011 – Best Male Playback Singer – for "Aaro Padunnu" from Katha Thudarunnu

Vijay Awards-

2009 – Best Male Playback Singer – for "Nenjukkul Peithidium" from Vaaranam Aayiram

Discography[edit] Main article: Hariharan discography

Aabshar-e-Ghazal Aathwan Sur – The Other Side of Naushad Colonial Cousins Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera Toda Dil Ki Baat Dil Nasheen Ghazal
Ka Mausam Gulfam Halka Nasha Hariharan - Down the Years Hariharan in Concert Horizon Intoxicating Hariharan Jashn Kaash Kuch Door Hamare Saath

Lafzz... Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang Magic Moments Paigham Qaraar Reflections Saptarishi Swar Utsav Sukoon The Great Ghazals The Very Best of Hariharan Ghazals Visaal – Ghazals
for Connoisseurs Waqt Par Bolna

Albums by Colonial Cousins

Colonial Cousins
Colonial Cousins
– MTV Unplugged Colonial Cousins
Colonial Cousins
– The Way We Do It Colonial Cousins
Colonial Cousins
– Aatma Modhi Vilayadu
Modhi Vilayadu
(soundtrack album) Chikku Bukku
Chikku Bukku
(soundtrack album) Colonial Cousins
Colonial Cousins
– Once More

Featured albums[edit] Main article: Hariharan discography

JAN GAN MAN – by AR Rahman 1995 Meghutam – The Cloud Messenger (Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt) 2000 Sartaj 2002 Tum Aaye 2004 Dhaani 2008 Tum Jo Mile 2009 Lajwaab – Tribute to Medi Hasan Asha wali Dhoop Chand Ke Saath 2011 Hasrat 2011 Sarhadein: Music Beyond Boundaries 2014 JIL (Just In Love): Music By Dr. Kelvin Jeyakanth

Filmography[edit] For his major film songs, see Hariharan discography. References[edit]

^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.  ^ Although he made his debut a long time ago, Hariharan was first noticed in a duet with Kavita Krishnamurthy in "Hai Mubarak Aaj ka Din" from Boxer (1984), which was composed by R D Burman. Hariharan Archived 26 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Hummaa.com. Retrieved on 1 January 2012. ^ "Life at 50". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 April 2005.  ^ a b "56th National Film Awards, 2008" (PDF). pib.nic.in.  ^ a b c d e f "Artist biography: Hariharan" Archived 2 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Indianmusicinfo.com; retrieved 28 January 2011. ^ "Harmonious synthesis". The Hindu. 23 January 2003.  ^ a b " Colonial Cousins
Colonial Cousins
to regale Bangaloreans". The Hindu. 23 September 2004.  ^ "Colonial Cousins' debut in Tamil". The Hindu. 25 July 2009. Archived from the original on 31 July 2009.  ^ a b " Padma Shri
Padma Shri
Award recipients list". India.gov.in. Retrieved on 1 January 2012. ^ a b "Swaralaya award for Hariharan". The Hindu. 26 October 2004.  ^ "Gee, STRINGS!". The Hindu. 19 June 2004.  ^ "Chords and notes: Destiny". The Hindu. 16 November 2005.  ^ "Children welcome CWG guests with Namaste; Hariharan performs". Hindustan Times. 3 October 2010. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010.  ^ "Hari Yudan Nan" Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Jayanetwork.in; retrieved 1 January 2012. ^ "Sruthi Melbourne, KeepYourNightFree.com; retrieved 1 January 2012. ^ "Bangalore Mirror/Music: Singers Bond". Bangalore Mirror. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.  ^ "MTV to air season 5 of 'Unplugged'". 30 December 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016 – via indiantelevision.com.  ^ "Mammootty, Mohanlal bag Asianet film awards yet again". Indo-Asian News Service. NDTV. 1 January 2011. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. 

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National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer


Mahendra Kapoor (1967) Manna Dey
Manna Dey
(1968) S. D. Burman
S. D. Burman
(1969) Manna Dey
Manna Dey
(1970) Hemant Kumar (1971) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1972) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1973) Mukesh (1974) M. Balamuralikrishna
M. Balamuralikrishna
(1975) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1976) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1977) Shimoga Subbanna (1978) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1979) Anup Ghoshal (1980)


S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1981) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1982) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Bhimsen Joshi
Bhimsen Joshi
(1984) Jayachandran (1985) Hemant Kumar (1986) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1987) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1988) Ajoy Chakrabarty
Ajoy Chakrabarty
(1989) M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar
(1990) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1991) Rajkumar (1992) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1993) P. Unni Krishnan
P. Unni Krishnan
(1994) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1995) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1996) Hariharan (1997) Sanjeev Abhyankar
Sanjeev Abhyankar
(1998) M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar
(1999) Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan


Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2001) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2002) Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
(2003) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2004) Naresh Iyer
Naresh Iyer
(2005) Gurdas Maan
Gurdas Maan
(2006) Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
(2007) Hariharan (2008) Rupam Islam
Rupam Islam
(2009) Suresh Wadkar
Suresh Wadkar
(2010) Anand Bhate
Anand Bhate
(2011) Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
(2012) Rupankar (2013) Sukhwinder Singh
Sukhwinder Singh
(2014) Mahesh Kale
Mahesh Kale
(2015) Sundarayyar (2016)

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