Hariharan, the renowned Indian playback and ghazal singer, celebrated his 65th birthday this year on April 3. Hariharan, who has been featured mainly in Tamil and Hindi, has also sung in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and Bhojpuri films. He is regarded as on one of the greatest and most versatile Indian singers of all time.

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Hariharan Biography

Hariharan was born on April 3, 1955, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala to Anantha Subramani and Shrimati Alamelu, a Carnatic Vocalist. Hariharan started learning Indian Classical from his father Anantha Subramani. Hariharan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He also pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Law.

Hariharan’s early career involved in performing a concert and singing for TV serials like Junoon. In 1977, he was a winner of All India Sur Singaar Competition and which brought him the opportunity to sing for late music director Jaidev in the Hindi film Gaman in 1978. His debut song “Ajeeb Sa Neha Mujh Par Guzar Gaya Yaaron” in the film Gaman was a popular hit.

Hariharan Top Hit Songs

Some of the popular songs of Hariharan are ‘Uyire Uyire’ from the film Bombay (1995), ‘En Manathai Kollai’ from the film Kalloori Vaasal (1996), ‘Kathali kathali’ from the film Avvai Sanmugi (1996), ‘Malargale Malargale’ from the film Love Birds (1996), ‘Chanthiranai Thottathuyar’ from the film Ratchagan (1997), ‘Ennai Thalatha Varuvalo’ from the film Kaathaluku Mariyathai (1997), ‘Minnal Orukoodi’ from the film V I P (1997), ‘Mudhan Mudhalil’ from the film Aahaa (1997), ‘Oru Mani Adithal’ from the film Kalamellam Kaadhal Vaazhga (1997), ‘Rosapoo’ from the film Surya Vamsam (1997), ‘Vennilave Vennilave’ from the film Minsara Kanavu (1997), ‘Anbae Anbae’ from the film Jeans (1998), ‘Chinna Chinna Kiliye’ from the film Kannethire Thoondrinaal (1998), ‘Gyapakam Irukkiratha’ from the film Santhipoma (1998), ‘Indha Siripinai’ from the film Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar (1998), ‘Itharkku Peyar’ from the film Pooveli (1998), ‘Kobama’ from the film Unnudan (1998), ‘’Uyire Uyire’ from the film Iniyavale (1998), ‘Naan Vanavilleye’ from the film Moovendhar (1998), ‘Nee Kaatru’ from the film Nilave Vaa (1998), ‘Sollathe Solla Sollathe’ from the film Sollamale (1998), ‘Thenralai Kandukolla’ from the film Nilave (1998), ‘Vanathu Nilaveduthu’ from the film Aval Varuvala (1998), ‘Vanna Nilave’ from the film Nintheen Vanthai (1998), ‘Chembarathy Poove’ from the film Kadhal Solla Vanthen (1999), ‘Irava Pakala’ from the film Poovellam Kettupaar (1999), ‘Iruvathu Vayadhuvarai’ and ‘Taj Mahal’ from the film Kannodu Kanpathellam (1999), ‘Malare Oru Vaarthai’ from the film Poomagal Oorvalam (1999), ‘Naalai Kalil Neril Varuvala’ from the film Unnai Thedi (1999), ‘Nilavae Nilavae’ from the film Periyanna (1999), ‘Oru Devathai’ from the film Nee Varuvai Ena (1999), ‘Oru Poiyaavadhu’ from the film Jodi (1999), ‘Semeena Venmeene’ from the film Aanandha Poongaatre (1999), ‘Thavikkuren Thavikiren’ from the film Time (1999), ‘Un Perr Solla Aasaithan’ from the film Minsara Kanna (1999), ‘Enakoru Snehithi’ from the film Priyamanavale (2000), ‘Hey Kichu Kiliye’ from the film Mugavari (2000), ‘Nilavu Pattu’ from the film Kannukkul Nilavu (2000), ‘Pachchai Niramae’ from the film Alaipayuthe (2000), ‘Velinaattu Kaatru’ from the film Vanavil (2000), ‘Enna Ithuvo’ from the film Aanadham (2001), ‘Kavithaigal Sollava’ from the film Ullam Kollai Poguthe (2001), ‘Pirivonrai Santhithen’ from the film Priyatha Varam Vendum (2001), ‘Ennai Paada Vaitha’ from the film Punnagai Desam (2002), ‘Mottukale Mottukale’ from the film Roja Kootam (2002), ‘Poi Solla Kudathu’ from the film Run (2002), ‘Saghiye Saghiye’ from the film Youth (2002), ‘Entha Desathil Desathil’ from the film Priyamana Thozhi (2003), ‘Nee Thonngum Nerathil’ from the film Manasellam (2003), ‘Pookum Malarai’ from the film Udhaya (2004) and ‘Venmegam Pennaga’ from the film Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008).

Some of his popular Hindi songs are Tu Hi Re, Chanda Re Chanda Re, Hai Ram He Kya Hua and Bahon Ke Darmiyan.

Hariharan Awards

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Hariharan is the recipient of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 2004. He won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1998 for the song “Mere Dushman” from the film Border and in 2009 for the song “Jeev Dangla Gungla Rangla”, from the film Jogwa. He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer in 2011 for the song “Pattu Paaduvaan” composed by Dr Suresh Manimala for the film Pattinte Palazhi. In 2004, he won Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian film music.

He won the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards’ Best Male Playback Singer in 2004 for various films, and in 1995 for the song “Koncha Naal” in the film Aasai. In 1999, he won Nandi Awards’ Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Hima Semalloyallo” in the film Annayya. He won Asianet Film Awards’ Best Male Playback Singer in 2012 for the song ‘Amrithamayi’ from the film Snehaveedu and, in 2011 for the song “Aaro Padunnu” from the film Katha Thudarunnu. In 2000, he won the 8th Kalakar Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and, in 2011 he won Filmfare Awards South’s Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Aaro Padunnu” from the film Katha Thudarunnu. Besides, he won Vijay Awards’ Best Male Playback Singer in 2009 for the song “Nenjukkul Peithidum” from the film Vaaranam Aayiram.

Hariharan Personal Life

Hariharan is married to Lalitha Hariharan since 1984. They have two sons Karan Hariharan and Akshay Hariharan and a daughter Lavanya Hariharan. Akshay and Lavanya are also playback singers. Hariharan had formed a band named Colonial Cousins in 1996 along with Mumbai based composer and singer Leslie Lewis. His favourite hobbies are reading, playing musical instruments and travelling. His favourite musicians are AR Rahman and Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

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