Little did Hariharasudhan know that a trial recording would end up as one of the tracks for 'Kaala', Superstar Rajinikanth’s latest movie. The playback singer hailing from Kumbakonam was thrilled beyond means when music director Santhosh Narayanan told him this good news.
Little did Hariharasudhan know that a trial recording would end up as one of the tracks for Kaala, Superstar Rajinikanth’s latest movie. The playback singer hailing from Kumbakonam was thrilled beyond means when music director Santhosh Narayanan told him this good news.
Recalling the incident, the vocalist says, “Since my debut track until now, quite a few songs I’ve crooned have gone on to be hits; a lot of stage shows in different countries came my way too. But for the last couple of months, I’ve had a pretty dry spell and I was worried. One day, I got a call from Santhosh sir asking me to try recording a song that he’d already sung. I obliged and the track came out really well so he decided to retain it,” he smiles.
The track called Semma Weightu was one of the singles released before Kaala’s official audio launch — it has already crossed four million views on YouTube and is a listeners’ favourite. This engineer-turned- singer graduated from Sastra University, Thanjavur, and realised he was interested in music after accompanying his father to many bhajan recitals.
“I would listen to him sing and it felt good; I hated music and barely attended Carnatic vocal classes as a child, because my parents would force me into it. But over the years, as I would sing along to movie tracks, I began picking up interest,” Hariharasudhan shares.
After college, because of the fact that he had a mellifluous voice, he enrolled himself in a reality singing show. Without any formal training and because he took his recorded samples to various music directors, luck favoured him and he recorded Oodha Colour Ribbon, his first break.
Over time, he underwent Hindustani vocal training and says, “The key to a singer having an illustrious career is to always keep their voice in tune and be prepared to take up any opportunity that comes his or her way immediately.”