Harish Raghavendra

Harish Raghavendra (born 7 December 1976) is an Indian vocalist and actor from Chennai, India. He is the son of photographer P.V Raghavendran. Harish is best known for his songs like Hey Azhagiya Theeyee from Minnale, Nirpadhuve Nadapadhuve from Barathi, Devathayai Kanden from Kadhal Kondein, Sakkarai Nilave from Youth, Melliname Melliname from Shahjahan and Anbe Enn Anbe from Dhaam Dhoom. He has also acted in a few Tamil Movies. He debuted as an actor in Vikadan directed by Arun Pandiyan in which he played the lead role. He also played a brother-role for Ajith Kumar in Thirupathi, which was written and directed by Perarasu.

Harish Raghavendra
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Harish Raghavendra
Background information
Birth nameHarish Ram Srinivas Raghavendran
Born (1976-01-07) 7 January 1976 (age 44)
OriginCoimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)Playback singer
Years active1998–present

CareerEdit

 
Harish Raghavendra at a musical event at Atlanta in 2019

Harish officially made his debut into the music industry as a singer at the age of 18. His first song was a Telugu song for the movie Panjaram and he subsequently sung 'Vaa Saghi' for the movie Arasiyal. He was in his final year of college at the time. After that, he was not really active in the music industry. In the mean time, he graduated from Vivekananda College with a Degree in Commerce and Masters in Mass Communication & Journalism. He took up Software Engineering as well. Software Engineering would have been his main career if not for music. Being a police officer was also one of his ambitions when he was studying.

He re-entered the music industry through the well known classical song Nirpadhuve Nadapathuve from the movie Bharathi. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraja. The song became a massive hit back in the year 2000 and it brought him fame along with Tamil Nadu State award. This was the time he changed his name from Harish to Harish Raghavendra, per Ilaiyaraja's recommendation. Before he could even join the software industry, Ye Azhagiye Theeye from Minnale scored a roaring success back to back. Since then, he has sung over 3000 songs in various Indian language movies, predominantly Tamil. He has worked for most of the well known music composers that include Yuvan Shankar Raja, Vidyasagar, D. Imman, Vijay Antony, Harris Jayaraj & many others. His charming sharp voice has always been a point of attraction for many music directors, so he managed to sing in various languages such as Tamil (his main passion), Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam & Hindi. He has sung some devotional songs as well. After 'Panjaram', he sang for the Telugu film Neetho under Vidyasagar's baton. Since then he has sung many more songs in Telugu, including films like 'Cheli', 'Priyadarshini' and Ghajini.

Harish's latest project include a song about Mahakavi Bharathi - Engal Tamizhe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PdcG3WTQ94) and the translation, composition and rendition of the Tamil classic Thirukkural (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE1mIRCEgHg)

Having sung many classic hits for the major music directors, Harish is considered to be one of the leading professional singers in Tamil Music Industry. He has also judged many reality shows along with few other famous singers. Harish has also done a number of live concerts in various countries as well. Lately, he also grabbed a Diploma in Yoga in Krishnamacharya style.

His words about Ilayaraja: "Illaiyaraja is a hard taskmaster and a perfectionist. It's really tough singing for him, because he does not let go till he gets the result he wants. It's like a training ground for any singer, and singing for him".[1]

SoundtracksEdit

Tamil
Song Film Music Director
"Aagaya Sooriyanai" Samurai Harris Jayaraj
"Anbe Anbe" Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Harris Jayaraj
"Anbe En Anbe" Dhaam Dhoom Harris Jayaraj
"Aval Kanna Paarthaa" Charlie Chaplin Bharani
"Azhage Brammanidam" Devathaiyai Kanden Deva
"Azhagiya Theeye" Minnale Harris Jayaraj
"Chella Nam Veetuku" Poovellam Un Vasam Vidyasagar
"Chennai Senthamizh" M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi Srikanth Deva
"Chinna Ponnu Selai" Mambattiyan S. Thaman
"Desingu Raja" Dum Dum Dum Karthik Raja
"Devadhaiyai Kanden" Kadhal Kondein Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Engirunthai Naan" Winner Yuvan Shankar Raja
"En Nenjil" Dheena Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Engal Tamizhe" Single Harish Raghavendra
"Ennenna Seidhom" Mayakkam Enna G. V. Prakash Kumar
"Gundu Malli" Solla Marandha Kadhai Ilaiyaraaja
"Idhu Porkalama" 7G Rainbow Colony Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Ival Yaro" Padam Paarthu Kadhai Sol Ganesh Raghavendra
"Kaal Koluse" Anbe Vaa D. Imman
"Kadhal Enbadhu" Oru Kalluriyin Kathai Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Kadhal Vanoli" Album Karthik Raja
"Kadhaliye" Jithan Srikanth Deva
"Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal" 7G Rainbow Colony Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Kannum Kannumthaan" Thirupachi Mani Sharma
"Kaattrukku Kaattrukku" Thulluvadho Ilamai Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Kishu Kishu Manusha" Giri D. Imman
"Krishna Krishna" Dum Dum Dum Karthik Raja
"Manasukulle Dhaagam" Autograph Bharathwaj
"Mazhai Peyyum" Renigunta Ganesh Raghavendra
"Melliname" Shahjahan Mani Sharma
"Minsaram En Meedhu" Run Vidyasagar
"Mudhal Kanave" Majunu Harris Jayaraj
"Mudhal Murai" Singam 3 Harris Jayaraj
"Nenjai Poopol" Minnale Harris Jayaraj
"Nenje Nenje" Ayan Harris Jayaraj
"Nenjil Nenjil" Engeyum Kadhal Harris Jayaraj
"Nirpathuve Nadapathuve" Bharathi Ilaiyaraaja
"Noothanaa Nee" Karka Kasadara Prayog
"Oh Muhalai Muhalai" Arasatchi Harris Jayaraj
"Oomai Paadum" Vikadan Jerome Pushparaj
"Oru Murai Iru Murai" Kalavani S. S. Kumaran
"Oru Poo Pookiradhu" Mathil Mel Poonai Ganesh Raghavendra
"Poove Mudhal Poove" Kadhal Kirukkan Deva
"Poove Poove Yeno" Hogenakkal Saran Prakash
"Poove Vaai Pesum" 12B Harris Jayaraj
"Raththa Kanneer" Neerparavai N.R. Raghunanthan
"Sakkarai Nilave" Youth Mani Sharma
"Sollavum Mudiyala" Thirupathi Bharathwaj
"Thirudiya Idhayathai" Paarvai Ondre Podhume Bharani
"Thirukkural" Thirukkural Harish Raghavendra
"Thottu Thottu" Kadhal Kondein Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Thozhiya En Kadhaliya" Kadhalil Vizhunthen Vijay Antony
"Vaa Maasakatre" Kurumbu Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Vaanam Thoovum Poo" Punnagai Poove Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Vaarthai Thavari" Charlie Chaplin Bharani
"Vaa Sagi Vaa Sagi" Arasiyal Vidyasagar
"Vasantha Sena Vasantha Sena" Shree T.S Muralidharan
"Vizhigalil Vizhigalil" Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam D. Imman
"Whistle Adikkum" Whistle D. Imman
"Yamini Yamini" Yai Nee Romba Azhaga Irukey Arvind-Shankar
"Yaarivalo Yaarivalo" Vikadan Jerome Pushparaj
"Yedho Ondru" Lesa Lesa Harris Jayaraj
"Yeh Nenje" April Mathathil Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Mudhal Kadhal" DiscoverME Tiban

Acting careerEdit

No. Year Title Role Co-stars Director Language Notes
01 2003 Vikadan Ram Mohan Arun Pandian, Gayathri Raghuraman, Nassar, Rekha, Venkat Prabhu, Radhika Chaudhari, Vijayan Arun Pandian Tamil Debut Film as Actor
02 2005 Karpanai Mathi Keerthi, Sudhi Nambiar, Arpitha Ashok Raj Tamil
03 2006 Thirupathi Thirupathi's brother Ajith Kumar, Sadha, Riyaz Khan Perarasu Tamil

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