Hariharan Wiki, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Hariharan is a famous Indian playback and Ghazal singer. He is best known for lending his voice to the Hindi version of the song “Uyire Uyire” better known as ‘Tu Hi Re’ from the movie Bombay (1995).


Hariharan was born as Hariharan Anantha Subramani on 3 April 1955 (age 63 years; as in 2019) in Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore- Cochin, India. His Zodiac sign is Aries. He pursued his graduation from S.I.E.S. College, Mumbai. He holds a bachelors degree in science and law. He has been trained by the renowned musician Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

Hariharan With His Mentor Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan

Physical Appearance

Height: 5′ 7″

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper

Family, Caste & Wife

He was born to renowned Carnatic vocalists Shrimati Vidushi Alamelu Mani and Late H.A.S. Mani (Anantha Subramani). He got married to Lalitha Hariharan.

Hariharan With His Wife Lalitha Hariharan

The couple has two sons Karan Hariharan who is an actor and Akshay Hariharan who is a music composer.

Hariharan And His Sons Karan And Akshay

He has a daughter named Lavanya Hariharan.

Hariharan With His Daughter Lavanya


At the start of his career, he did concert circuits and performed on TV. He won the top prize in the All India Sur Singaar Competition in 1977. His debut song was “Ajeeb Saneha Mujh Par Gujar Gaya Yaron” in the movie Gaman in 1978.

He even sang for TV serials including Junoon in 1992. Hariharan made his Tamil debut with the song “Thamizha Thamizha” in the film Roza (1992) with the music director A. R. Rahman.

He has sung more than 500 Tamil songs and nearly 200 Hindi songs. Hariharan’s one of the earliest Gazal albums is “Aabshar-e-Ghazal,” which he did with Asha Bhosle in 1985.

He formed a band named “Colonial Cousins” with Lesle Lewis in 1996. The band’s first music album was Colonial Cousins, which was a fusion album.

Hariharan With Lesle Lewis


  • Padma Shri in 2004

    Hariharan Receiving Padma Shri

  • Lata Mangeshkar Award in 2013
  • Kerela State Film Award for Best Singer for the song “Pattu Paaduvaan” in the film “Pattinte Palazhi” in 2011.
  • MTV Asia Viewer’s Choice Award for Colonial Cousins in 1997
  • US Billboard Viewer’s Choice Award in 1996 for Colonial Cousins

National Awards

  • Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Mere Dushman” in the film Border in 1998
  • Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Jeev Dangla Gungla Rangla” in the film Jogwa in 2009

    Hariharan Receiving National Award

Favourite Things

  • Food: South Indian cuisines, Italian cuisines
  • Actor: Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan
  • Actress: Sridevi, Tabu, Karisma Kapoor, Rekha
  • Singer: Mehdi Hassan, Shreya Ghoshal, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle
  • Musician: A. R. RahmanGhulam Mustafa Khan, Ustad Rais Khan

Net Worth

His net worth is around $1.5 million (approx. Rs. 10.4 crores).


  • He was deeply influenced by the famous Pakistani Gazal and playback singer Mehdi Hassan, in his teens. He says Mehdi Hassan is his ‘Soul Guru.
  • He used to practice singing 13 hours a day straight.
  • He has sung in many languages, which include Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Telugu.
  • His first mentor was his mother Alamelu.

    Hariharan With His Mother

  • His debut song “Ajeeb Saneha Mujh Par Gujar Gaya Yaron” in the movie Gaman(1978) was so hit that it won him the Uttar Pradesh State Film Award.
  • He worked with A. R. Rahman first in a jingle. Unfortunately, the jingle wasn’t approved.
  • Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan are neighbours. They have grown up together in Chembur-Matunga music scene in Mumbai. They have farmhouses in Karjat (a town close to Mumbai), which are divided by a wall.

    Shankar Mahadevan And Hariharan

  • Whenever he talks about the veteran music composer Jaidev, who also gave Hariharan his first break; he says,

    Jaidev-Ji was my Guru, friend, philosopher, and guide.”

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