Hariharan born in Bombay on April 3rd, 1955. Hariharan has bachelors degrees in science and law. He is son of renowned Carnatic vocalists, the late anantha Subramani Iyer ("H. A. S. Mani") from Trivandrum and Shrimati Alamelu. Hariharan naturally inherited his parents' musical talents. Hariharan's first guruji was his mom. From her he picked up Carnatic music skills.
Hariharan received the top prize in the All-India Sur Singaar competition in 1977 and signed by the late music director Jaidev to sing for thew hindi film 'Gaman'. 'Ajeeb Saane He Mujh Par Qarar' is his first debut song, was the hit song for which he got the Utter Pradesh award, as well as a Best Singer National award nomination and this was the starting for his playback singing.
At start of his career, Hariharan sang for a number of TV serials like Junoon. 'Abshaar-e-Ghazal' was his first ghazal album with Asha Bhosle, which was superhit. Another best ghazal album was 'Gulfam' for which he got the Diva Award in 1994.
He entered in Tamil Films world in 1992 introduced by music director A. R Rahman with the patriotic song 'Thamizha Thamizha' in Maniratnam's film Roja. He got the best playback singer award from Tamil Nadu State Government Film 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. Chitra). In hindi version 'Uyire Uyire' is better known as 'Tu Hi Re'.
In 1996, he done the fusion album 'Colonial Cousins' with Bombay-based composer/singer Leslie Lewis which was career milestone for him and this was the first Indian act to be featured on MTV unplugged. It won the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award.
In 2004, he was awarded the Padma Shri and Yeshudas Award for his outstanding performance in music.
Hariharan married Lalitha in 1984. It was an arrange marriage.
Hariharan's Inspirations: Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh
Hariharan - Awards
Hariharan - Filmography