There have hardly been any other Indian musicians who have intrepidly explored and mastered as many genres and classes of music as Hariharan. We are talking about Carnatic, Hindustani, Ghazals, Fusion and Filmi. Hariharan has been singing long enough in each of these genres to be a doyen in each. He started life as a Carnatic singer, learning from his reknowned parents Ananthasubramani ("H. A. S. Mani") from Trivandrum and Shrimati Alamelu. Next he learnt Hindustani classical from Padma Shri Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, in order to get initiated into ghazals.
In 1977 Hariharan 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 the Hindi film "Gaman". His ghazal "Ajeeb saane he mujh par qarar" in that movie became such a hit that it won Hariharan an Uttar Pradesh state award, and Hariharan's playback singing career began.
He has sung for a number of TV serials as well as movies like Sahibaan, Lamhe, Raam Nagari, Dard Ke Rishte, Zamana and Sindoor. In Tamil, his virtuoso rendition of songs in movies like
Roja and Aasai won him many awards, with Best Male Playback Singer in the Tamilnadu State Government Film Awards among others.
With the formation of Colonial Cousins of course, his fame moved across the continents, as he bagged MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award and US Billboards awards.
On the 28th of January, the South Central Women's Welfare Centre is bringing him to you at Rail Kalarang from 1800 hrs onwards. The ticket charges are a tailspinning Rs. 10 per head, so grab them while there is still room for you.
For further details, please contact 2778-6837.