Hariharan is a renowned Indian singer, who sings mainly for Hindi and Tamil films. Born in 1955, he is a well-known Ghazal singer. He was also instrumental in bringing fusion music to India. 

Colonial Cousins is the name given to Hariharan’s band, wherein he collaborated with Lesle Lewis. This band was featured in many private albums. Not only this, they have also composed music for a few movies in Hindi and Tamil.

Hariharan is born and brought up in Mumbai and he is well-versed in Tamil, Malayalam, English and Hindi. Hariharan is the offspring of famous Carnatic vocalists H.A.S. Mani and Shrimati Alamelu. Hariharan inherited the music skills from his mother. Hindustani music was made known to him in his youth. Hariharan indeed, took great efforts to reach the position that he is in today; he used to practice singing for 13 hours. 

During the initial stages of his career Hariharan used to sing for television serials. After winning a prize in a competition at all India level Hariharan was offered to sing in the film “Gaman” by late music composer Jaidev. The song “Ajeeb Sa Neha Mujh Par Guzar Gaya Yaaron" from the film earned him recognition that he rightly deserved. 

The song “Thamizha Thamizha” from the movie Roja was an instant hit and Hariharan, who sung it was awarded the “Best Male Playback Singer” in the Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards. 

Hariharan was introduced into the Tamil film industry by A R Rahman, who was also a newbie at that time. Since then, the duo created magic with soul stirring songs in films, including Minsara Kanavu, Jeans, Indian, Muthu, Taal, Mudhalvan, Iruvar, Indira, Rangeela, Alaipayuthey, Kannathil MuthamIttal, Sivaji etc. Hariharan is credited with the Padma Shri Award and has received National awards for a couple of times. Hariharan is the proud singer of around 700 songs. He had also sung in Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Marathi.
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Vani Jayaram

Vani Jairam is a South Indian playback singer in Indian cinema and was born in 30th November 1945 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. She was the fifth daughter of a family of eight children. Her mother is Padmavathi and a disciple of Ranga Ramunaja Iyengar. He taught her Dikshitar kritis and at age of eight, she got the opportunity of singing in All India Radio. Her Carnatic music teachers were Srinivasa Iyengar, R. S. Mani and T. R. Balasubramanian. And Ustad Abdul Rahman Khan was her Hindustani classical music teacher. Vani was married to Jayaram and they settled in Mumbai after their marriage. In Mumbai, she realized her dream of becoming a playback singer in the film industry. Her playback singer career started in 1971 with movie named “Guddi” and she recorded several songs for “Guddi”. For over four decades of her singing career, she has sung playback for several films and has recorded several private music albums. She has worked with the top most music directors of India, including Chitragupta, Naushad, Asha Bhosle, Madan Mohan, O.P. Nayyar, R. D. Burman, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant Pyarelal and Jaidev. In 1974, she started playback singing in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu cinema. She has worked with the top most South Indian music directors such as M. S. Viswanathan, M. B. Sreenivasan, K. V. Mahadevan, M. K. Arjunan, Jerry AmaldevIlayaraaja and Bengali music director Salil Chowdhary. Vani has made recordings in Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam and Telugu as well. She has sung a wide variety of songs, including songs for films, pop, traditional Indian music, folk songs, bhajans and ghazals. She has recorded Thumri Dadra & Bhajans and Holi Songs with Pandit Briju Maharaj. Also, she has recorded "Gita Govindam" with Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohopatra playing the Pakhawaj. She has written and composed music for her song collection named "Murugan Songs”. Some of the remarkable songs in her singing life were Ezhu Swarangalukkul, Keliviyin Nayangane, Kavidhai Kelungal Nadhamenum, Ennulil Engo, Yaaradhu sollamal, Sugamana ragangale, Aana kana and Megamae Megamae. Her recently released songs are Thiruppugazh and Narayana.

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Harish Raghavendra

Born on 7 January 1976, Harish Raghavendra is a playback singer. The songs Hey Azhagiya Theeye, Devathaiyai Kanden, Nirpathuve Nadappathuve, Melliname Melliname, Sakkarai Nilavu made him a household name in Tamil Nadu. He has tried his luck in acting too; he acted in few Tamil movies. Harish entered the music industry at the age of 21 and his first song was for a Telugu film. Then he did a song in Tamil and was absent from the industry for quite some time. He added a degree to his name and embraced Software Engineering too. In fact, Harish would have been a software engineer if not entering the music industry. Harish returned to the music industry with a bang with the song “Nirpathuve Nadappathuve” from the movie Bharathi. The song became a great hit and he gained recognition. In fact, he was awarded with the Tamil Nadu State Award for the song. Here, then, as per the recommendation of maestro Ilayaraja he changed his name to Harish Raghavendra (his original name is only Harish). Next, his song “Ye Azhagiya Theeye” became a massive hit. And now he has 4000 songs to his credit. Harish has worked with some of the big names in the music industry. Though, he is highly talented his album “Mudhal Mazhaye” didn’t do well as expected. All the same music directors didn’t fail to work with him and he had sung in several languages such as Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada, but singing in Tamil always remained close to his heart. Harish Raghavendra didn’t sing only commercial ones but also got involved in devotional ones. Harish can rightly be considered as one of the eminent singers in Tamil film industry. He was also a judge in some of the reality shows. Besides his usual singing, Harish also did various live concerts.

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Harish Raghavendra Tamil Actor