Santosh Hariharan is an Indian playback singer and has been a contestant of singing reality shows. He was born on 5 September 1987 and is 29 years old presently. He was born and brought up in Chennai, India. His hometown is in Palghat. He started his schooling from Chimaya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad and went to St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Cuddalore to complete his 10+2 education. Santosh pursued Biotechnology from SRM University of Ramapuram, Chennai. He is an alumnus of Soundtech Media Institute of Audio Technology. He shifted to Mumbai after his musical career started attaining success. The languages spoken by him are Tamil, Telugu, Kanadda and, English.
Before participating in the reality show, 'Indian Idol Season 9', he was already a playback singer in the Tamil Film Industry. He cleared the audition round of India Idol by impressing the judges
Farah Khan and
Sonu Nigam and was expected to reach till the top 5. This could not happen due to his early eliminations and huge competition. In 2012, he appeared in a Tamil singing reality show 'Airtel Super Singer' on Vijay TV. During the second season of the show, Santosh could not qualify and was out of the show at an early stage due to lack of exposure and practice of Indian Classical music. He got eliminated by the judges in the third season again, but his passion for music was quite high this time and he came back with the help of wild card entry in the show.
Finally he was crowned for securing the place of first runner up in the grand finale and was rewarded with a car from sponsors of the show. The Due to his participation in reality shows, he was offered a song in a Tamil film by D. Imman. The song was 'Oorana Oorukkulle' from the movie '
Manam Kothi Paravai' (2012) which turned out to be a big hit at that time Santosh attained lots of fame. People started recognizing his bold but soothing voice and he started getting a large number of singing offers. He has sung total 12 songs in 10 movies. His debut film was Jilla in Tamil. His other movies include Sattam Oru Iruttarai (2012), Jilla (2014), Rummy (2014), Saattai (2012), Naan Rajavaga Pogiren (2013), Manam Kothi Paravai (2012) and so on.
For a singer, it is really a pleasure to work with big directors and artists in his initial phase of career. Santosh Hariharan is the artist who performed at an event Rhapsody- Celebrating for a cause. His recent movie is
Madha Gaja Raja (2017). He has over one million followers on Facebook with a very high popularity for his bold, enthusiastic, and soulful voice. He has a unique kind of touch in his voice which makes his songs more beautiful and touching. His fans are looking forward to hear more of his songs and some of them also want him to collaborate with some great musicians like A.R. Rahman