Harish Raghavendra

Profile of Harish Raghavendra

Name Harish Raghavendra Harish Ragavendra
Original Name R.Harish Ram Srinivas
Pet Name Harry (by few friends)
Date of Birth December 7
Father P.V.Raghavendran
Mother B.Sai kumari
Wife Uma 
Children Kavin Raghavendra
Brother/Sister Hamsadhwani Premkumar
Native place Coimbatore
Mother Tongue Tamil
Gurus Chengannur Thangachan, Ammapettai Krishnamurthy, Ramamurthy Rao(Hindustani) and all other Maanaseeka Gurus who inspire me to do quality work.
Educational Qualification B.Com,M.A.(Mass Communication and Journalism),GNIIT, P.G.Dip in Yoga
School Loyola, A.V.M.
College Vivekananda College,Madras University
Languages known Tamil,English,Telugu,Hindi
Introduced by Vidhyasagar
First Song 4th Jan 1997
In Tamil Vaa Saki Vaa Saki Movie: Arasiyal
Turnig Point Nirpadhuvae Nadappadhuvae (Bharathi)
Number of songs sung so far More than 4000 songs 
Private albums Mudhal Mazhaiyae and many more
Titles/Awards 1)T.N.State award for the best singer for the year 2000 2) Kannadasan Award 3)Medimix Dinakaran award 4) Best romantic song tamil music award for 2008(anbe en anbe -Dhaam Dhoom) , nominated for film fare award              Was conferred the title "Vaseegara Kuraloan" by UTCC(United Tamils Council of Canada) in Toronto in the year 2003 
Abroad shows/countries visited USA, Australia,Canada, UK,UAE, Oman, Kuwait,Quatar,Singapore, Malaysia, Sri lanka, Switzerland
Instruments known to play Violin(basic)
Hobbies/ pass time Planting trees, Teaching Yoga, Reading, Travelling, Healing through holistic methods
Address Chennai 600002
E-mail singerharish@gmail.com,harishraghavendra@mail.com

Most Unforgettable

Happiest Moment When my song Nirpadhuvae from Bharathi was declared a super hit and the subsequent state award from Ex .Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha Avl.
Comical one When a street shop guy in some remote village shouted "Hey namma oorukku  unnikrishnan  vandirukkaan daa(hey unnikrishnan has visited our village)..." at the sight of me...really a comical one
Day The day I met Maestro Ilayaraja
Date June 1999
Country Madras. India

Favourites

Song Kanmaniyae Kaadhalenbadhu(6 il irundhu 60 varai) ,Nilave Ennidam(Ramu) Aayiram Malargalae(Niram Maaraadha pookkal), Pani Vizhum Iravu(Mouna Raagam),Kaadhal Rojave(Roja),Munbe Vaa(Sillunu Oru Kaadhal),Nee Kaatru(Nilave Vaa),Vizhigalin Aruginil Vaanam(Azhagiye Theeyae),Niniathu Ninaithu (7G Rainbow Colony) , Vaseegara(Minnale) and many more Tamil,English,Hindi numbers                                                                                         My songs: Ae Azhagiya Theeyae(Minnale),Mellinamae Mellinamae(Shahjahan),Manasukkullae(Autograph),Anbe En Anbe(Dhaam Dhoom), Nenjae Nenjae(Ayan),Thozhiya En Kaadhaliya(Kaadhalil Vizhundaen),Vizhigalil Vizhigalil(Thiruvilayaadal Aarambam),Yamini Yamini(Ae nee Romba Azhaga irukae ) etc
Film English : In persuit of happiness, The Brave Heart , Apocalypto, The Machinist, Omar Mukhtar, Monster,Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Borat, The Great dictator and all Charlie Chaplin Comedies                                                        Tamil: Nayagan,Anbe Sivam,Mullum Malarum,Netrikkann,Kaadhal, Hey Ram,Indian,Mudhalvan,Mudhal Mariyaadhai,Vedham Pudidhu ,Kaadhal Koattai and many more                                                                                                                                         Hindi: Dev D,Tare Zameen Par,3 Idiots,Rang De Basanti, Koshish, Aradhana, Paa, Wake up Sid, Luck By Chance, Dil Chahta Hai,Chak De India,Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayengae and many more.                                            Telugu: Saagara Sangamam,Godavari                                                                        Malayalam:Aham, Thani Aavarthanam, His Highness Abdullah    
Music director Illayaraja, Vidhyasagar,M.S.Vishwanathan, K.V.Mahadevan, R.D.Burman, Raveendran, A.R.Rahman and all other great contemporary composers
Actor (Male) Kamal Hassan,Aamir Khan, Shivaji Ganeson,Tom Hanks,Rajnikanth, Amitabh Bacchan, Shahrukh Khan, Naseerudeen Shah, R.Madhavan, Prabhu,Soorya ,Mohanlal, Abhishek Bacchan, Ajay Devgun,Dhanush , Raghuvaran, T.S.Baliah, S.V.Ranga Rao, Utpal Dutt, Nana Patekar, Amol Palekar ,Rajkumar(kannada),VishnuVardhan(Kannada) and many other actors
Actress (Female) Padmini,Srividhya,Jayapradha,Khushboo,Amala,Konkona Sen Sharma, Mumtaz(hindi), Sridevi ,Kajol, Asin,Pooja, Kareena Kapoor,Shilpa Shetty and many others
Director Ram Gopal Varma,Anurag Kashyap,Bharathi Raja, Sridhar, K.Balachandar, Cheran,Kamal hassan, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, James Cameron,Mel Gibson, Sekar Kammula,Priyadarshan,Sibi malayil,Srinivasan, Girish Kasaravalli and many others.
Comedian Charlie Chaplin, Nagesh, Jerry Lewis,Kowndamani, Normal Wisdom, Dieter Hallervorden, Vivek, Vadivelu,S.V.Sekar
Friend Anand Vasudevan, Karthik Nagarajan(Baba) and many others..
Friend from industry Too many to mention
Food Chinese,Thai, South Indian, Continental
Dress Anything simple but trendy
Place Penang(Malaysia),Calgary(Canada),Melbourne(Australia),Singapore,London(England)
Country Singapore, Canada,Australia and India of course
Colour Black,Blue,Whitec
Sport Cricket,Tennis
Leader Many great leaders especially Dr.Abdul Kalam,Nelson Mandela and Al Gore.
Other field celebrity Sachin Tendulkar(Cricket),Ivan Lendl(Tennis),
Vehicle All Japanese and German Sedans and SUVs

General

Daily routine Early to rise and late to bed
Daily continuous activities Meditation,Yoga and music practice,checking mails, listening to great music works of composers and singers
Unexpected Call Call from T.N.Government announcing State Award
If not music Software professional
Your ambition while studying To become a Police officer
Your feel when you see your old friends Pleasant feeling
Your most affectionate relative Palladam Ravi(Mridangam player) and my nephews Sanjeeth and Kaushik
Your experience while performing in foreign countries 1)Music is relished as music in foreign countries more than the star value tag associated with it.                                                                                                   2)The love for Tamil is more outside India than here.                                         3)The respect and love for musicians is amazing especially in Srilanka and in countries where srilankan tamils live.                                                                   4)The local artistes are all part timers unlike the scenario in India where we are all fulltimers.                                                                      
Your contribution to the society Planting trees, Using CFL Bulbs , saving electricity and fuel, avoiding crackers, working against Global Warming
Is anyone from your family into music My dad was a musician himself, my cousin Palladam Ravi is a leading Mridangam artiste.
Would you be able to write a book based on your experiences Maybe in the future. Yes.
About your Fans/ Followers They are everything to artistes.
Your experience about being in Orkut / Facebook Orkut and Facebook helped me make many friends, find lost contacts and interact with fans.But some cyber criminals, hackers and stalkers create fake profiles,clone profiles etc and cause trouble.So I am doubly cautious with these sites.
The most Precious thing you earned so far Family

Music

First stage performance At a Tutorial college annual day function when I was 8. I sang Bharathiyar Song "Manadhil Urudhi Vaendum" sung by KJ Yesudoss.
First opportunity I sang in Ayudha pooja function organised by some autorickshaw drivers of our area. 
First Salary Rs.2000 for a Telugu song.
First appreciation By some staff of tutorial college after my above mentioned song  in their function
First Title Vaseegara Kuraloan by UTCC(United Tamils Council of Canada) in  2003 in Toronto, Ontario,Canada
What did you feel/experience when your first song got released I was very happy and went to Mr.Vidyasagar's house to thank him for the opportunity. I was told that he was in Vijaya Garden studio.I went there to thank him and also thanked my director R.K.Selvamani at his office.
What did you feel/ experience when you listened to your song sitting along with the audience When my first song "Vaasaki" was released, I went to the Cinema hall with family.When the song was played I was looking into the faces of other audiences to see if they like it or dislike it. I also was wonderin if my voice suited the great actor Mammootty.
Your feel when you listened to you song in tape recorder/ cd I was little nervous till people around me listened to it and appreciated
Your experience when you sang your song in the stage I sang this song in some function in which Vidyasagars band performed.It was wonderful and a proud moment to perform in front of the composer himself.
The thing/vehicle /house you bought after getting your first salary I gave it to my parents.Did not spend from it.
The first song you have sung in your life time Poo maalai Vaangi Vandaan from Sindhubhairavi movie
Most unforgettable experience that happened during the recording Ae Azhagiya Theeyae song was recorded three times with different lyrics and  scales.I was stuck with anxiety. Harris Jayaraj really encouraged me and motivated to sing again. Finally it was a block buster hit.
The song you have sung often in all your stage performances Sakkarai Nilave (Youth) 
The song that has affected you to the most Yaar Yaar Sivam (Anbe Sivam)
Your most toughest song Ae Azhagiye theeyae(Minnale)
Your feel when others sing your song It is mutual.Nowadays everyone has to sing each others songs.
Your experience while being along with the orchestra It is a pleasureable experience.There is a unique feeling when we sing live despite so much of  recorded music is available everywhere.
How did music come up in you My ancestors, parents and my manaseeka Gurus
The music legends you follow S.P.Balasubramaniam, Kishore Kumar, P.B.Srinivas, Mohammad Rafi, Chitra,Suseela,Latha Mangeshkar
How do you safeguard your voice while performing in cold places/countries I do self healing and avoid frozen foods .
The doctor who takes care of your voice Dr.Harish Raghavendra
Your words on maintaining the voice Practice regularly, dont over do anything. moderation is the key
Your opinion on the present music industry It is really good as there are lots of talented directors, music directors ,singers, cinematographers are all coming up. 
Your suggestions/advice for upcoming singers ,music directors and lyricists Playback singing , in my opinion is not a full time profession anymore. Have it as a part time but love the work you do. Also please dont make false claims and try to take false credits for the songs sung by others as yours(I see this happen nowadays). Lies cannot take us far..
Is your family in the music No
The song that attracted you from the younger generation of musicians "Something Something" sung by Tippu
Your experience with your voice modulation We have to customize our voice to suit every song depending on the demands of it.
The thing you are not able to understand in the film industry The fact that Tamil music industry is dominated by singers who do not know Tamil and mispronounce the language is really sad. They get paid manifold than the South Indians .I am unable to understand why the locals are belittled in our industry. I dont think this would happen in any other film industry around the globe.
Your opinion about remix Remix is a new dimension. I love some and dont like some.It depends on the craftsmanship of the person who remixes it without damaging the original song.

More Profiles