in Law and science (Chemistry
Mother: Shrimati Alamelu
Sons: Akshay and Karan
song: "Ajeeb Saane He Mujh Par Qarar"
from the film 'Gaman'
Tamil Song: 'Thamizha Thamizha'
Album: Colonial cousins
of Ghazals and Pop songs
Shamakhana, Mausam, Sukoon
,Aab Shaar-e-Ghazal (with Asha Bhosle),Ghazals
by Hariharan,Hariharan in concert,Dil Nasheen,
My Favourite Hits ,Dil Ki Baath, Horizon, Reflections,
Paigam, Ghazal ka Mausam, Hazir (with Ustad Zakir
Hussein on tabla), Gulfam,Qaraar, Vishaal, Jashn,
Aasthwan Sur, Kaash, Lahore Ke Rang
Pop songs: Colonial Cousins
(with Leslie Lewis),Halka Nasha
H.A.S Mani was the first chief of ‘Shanmukhananda
Sabha Music School’ named ‘Sangeet Vidhyalaya’
but sadly passed away when Hariharan was only
* Was one of the first batch of graduates in music
from the Travancore Music College
'In my life, my career, the first person who has
stood behind me to make me what I am today...
is my mother'
* Carnatic music: His mother
* Hindustani Classical music: Ghulam Mustafa Khan
Guru Ji perfected the ‘Gharana’ house style, and
taught us about the limitless improvisation that
can be sung – this is known as ‘Khayal’, a Hindi
word meaning imagination, for making the notes
come from the heart, imagining the sequences inducing
Married Lalitha in 1984
* Was an arranged marriage
* On their first New Year together, they had to
sit at home and watch television, simply because
they were too broke to go anywhere
is simply a beautiful language which has a tone
quality that draws the ears to listen to it being
uttered, whether in poetry or song, I practically
lived at my Urdu Teacher’s home, until my Urdu
North and South
Hindi films, they stick to a certain format of
singing. In the South, you have more scope for
variation. The film industry is very disciplined
here and time is valued."
Hassan, Jagjit Singh
Philosopher and guide
Mehndi Hasan, his all time favourite
Mohammed Rafi for his versatility
Kishore Kumar for his liveliness
S. P. Balasubramaniam for his vocal power,
K. J. Yesudas for his classical depth
Other favourites: Ashaji, Janaki, P.Susheela
Colors: Black and white
Food: Anything which is eatable and not
too spicy / Veg and Non-Veg
Past time: Listening to music
Actress: Rani Mukherji
Music Director: A.R. Rehman
his pony tail
'The strength in my music comes from my ponytail'
' I usually practice for about 2 hours everyday
in the morning. On days that I perform, I tend
to rest my voice and do a 10-15 minute warm-up.
I avoid oily foods and excessively cold foods.'
is not as easy as it sounds on the ear. It is
not just about adding new rhythms to an old tune.
The beauty is in retaining the essence of the
song and the feel of the period."
style of ghazal
of gayeki, Urdu poetry and contemporary sounds
Ilayaraja and Rehman
Ilayaraja: Heavily influenced by the classical
compositions of Mozart and Bach.
A.R..Rehman: Is more jazzy.
Indian and Western music
should take the best from their music and best
from ours and create wonderful music. In Western
music harmony is strong, whereas in Indian music
melody is prominent. But we can draw a parallel
between ‘raagdari’ and scale”.
("Hari") and Leslie ("Lezz") Lewis became the
first Asians and only Indians so far to have performed
on the prestigious show.
Performed various concerts for the Kargil Relief
Fund and for mentally challenged children's institutions.
* Rendered the invocation song at Parliament on
January 26, 2000, during the centenary of Independence.
* Donned a cameo role in the film 'Boys' and acted
with Kushboo in the film Power of Women.
* Entered as a Ghazal singer
* Is a Trivandrum Brahmin
* He has sung for a number of TV serials,
* Does not know to play rap music
* Would like to sing in 50 albums before
* Likes to work from night 9 pm till
5 am in the morning
* Likes to dwell in his own world
* He has collaborated with Pakistan based band
Strings for a track called "bolo bolo". Also released
an album called Destiny with Punjabi / Bhangra
artiste Daler Mehndi.
an extrovert, I am a deeply spiritual person"
Won the All-India Sur Singaar competition
* His ghazal
"Ajeeb Saane He Mujh Par Qarar" in that
movie became such a hit
that it won Hariharan an Uttar Pradesh
* 1998, when the patriotic song "Mere dushman
mere bhai" from the Hindi movie "Border"
won Hariharan the coveted National Award for "Best
Male Playback Singer".
* Diva Award `The Best Album Of The Year` - 1994
* Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards 'Best
Male Playback Singer' - 1995
* MTV Viewers Choice Award and US Billboard Award
for Colonial Cousins
* 2004 - he was awarded the prestigious Padma
Shri and K.J
Yesudas Award for his outstanding performance
101 (1st Floor), Legacy Tower
Powai Vihar Complex
whole world has become capitalistic and we have
brought miseries to ourselves by creating competitions.
Life is beautiful, and be humorous. Laughter is
essential for health as it prevents cardiac arrests.
Be simple in life and communicate with open heart.'