H. Sridhar was a renowned sound engineer, whose primary job is to enhance an audio by editing or adjusting it using modern sound technology. He was born in Kerala, India. He worked as a Chief Audio Engineer in Media Artists Chennai.
He was a graduate in mathematics and was interested in electronics. Since he had learned the basics of music, he decided to take up the career of sound engineer by keeping his interests in mind. He started his career in 1958 but achieved recognition with his movie Rangeela in the year 1955.
After that, he worked on more than two hundred films in various languages. Some of them are the Oscar-winning
Slumdog Millionaire, Aayutha Ezhuthu, Connections, Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, Dasavathaaram, New,
Jodhaa Akbar, Boys,
Cheeni Kum, Saathiya, Bombil and Beatrice, Om Jai Jagadish, Sivaji, Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Guru, Kannathil Muthamittal, Dharam, Nayak: The Real Hero, Provoked,
Dil Chahta Hai, Godfather, Lagaan, Water, Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa, Ramji Londonwale, Pukar, Ah Aah: Anbe Aaruyire, Alaipayuthey, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, Thakshak, Swades, Mast, Bombay, Jeet, Daud: Fun on the Run, Aflatoon, Kabhi Na Kabhi,
Dil Se.., Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Vaastav: The Reality, Siraichaalai, Bharatheeyudu, My Dear Kuttichathan 3D, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, and Kandukondain Kandukondai.
He collaborated with accomplished directors such as
Mani Ratnam, Ramgopal Varma, K Balachandar,
Sibi Malayil, Bharathiraaja, Priyadarsan, Shankar, P C Sreeram, and Kamal Hassan. He became extremely efficient in handling Digital Sound in DTS format.
He has also worked with international singers like George Harrison, a member of the famous Beatles group, John Neptune Kaizan, John McLaughlin,
Pandit Ravi Shankar, and L.Shankar. Oscar-winning music director A. R. Rahman hired him for all his projects.
For national-award winning film Kalpani, he also worked with legendary music director Ilaiyaraaja and Minasaara Kanavu. Apart from being a sound engineer, he has donned the hat of mixing engineer, sound recordist, background music recordist, and sound re-recordist.
He has won several awards like the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, and has been the four-time nomination of the National Awards in the Best Audiography category for Mahanadi, Dil Se.., Lagaan, and Kannathil Muthamittal respectively.
Tamil Nadu's government has also conferred upon him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for his work as an Audiographer in the movie Karuppu Roja. He passed away on December 1, 2008, in the morning, due to age-related health issues.