Rise to Fame
At the start of his career, Hariharan did the concert circuit and also performed on TV. He sang for a number of TV serials (e.g., Junoon). In addition, he cut several successful ghazal albums, writing most of the scores himself. One of Hariharan's first ghazal albums was "Abshaar-e-Ghazal" with Asha Bhonsle, which went gold in sales. Another outstanding ghazal album was Hazir with Ustad Zakir Hussain. "Gulfam", released in 1993 won him
the Diva Award for the Best Album of the year. Hariharan entered the world of Tamil films in 1992 with the patriotic song "Thamizha Thamizha" in Maniratnam's film Roja. He was judged best male playback singer in the 1995 Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards for his soulful rendition for the song konja naal..from the film Aasai. "Uyire Uyire" is better known as "Tu Hi Re" in its Hindi version made Hariharan a household name and is
still a hot favourite.
In 1998, Hariharan won the national award for the best playback singer.
In 1996, Hariharan and Leslie Lewis formed a band called Colonial Cousins. They were the only Asian band to perform in the MTV Unplugged show.
Their other albums include :
THE WAY WE DO IT , AATMA, COLONIAL COUSINS UNPLUGGED.
He's also performed exclusive concert for the Ex-Prime Minister at Kumaragam in 2001 and at Goa in 2002. He rendered the invocation song at Parliament at the 26th Jan 2000 function being the centenary of the Independence. He has toured U.S.A. in 2002, 2004 & 2007 performing Ghazal Concerts at more than 15 Cities each time.
Hariharan also collaborated with Pakistan based band Strings for a track called "bolo bolo". Hariharan released an album called destiny with Punjabi / bhangra artiste Daler Mehndi. His newest Ghazal album "Lahore ke rang, Hari ke sang" with renowned ghazal composers from Pakistan won him rave reviews and critical acclaim inside and outside india.
Hariharan also coined the terminology "Urdu Blues" with his immensely successful album "Kaash" which featured musicians like Anandan Sivamani the percussion maestro, Ustaad Rashid Mustafa on tabla, Ustad Liyaqat Ali Khan on Sarangi. Hariharan also worked with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on his ghazal album Haazir.
He has acted in a film “POWER OF WOMEN” Hariharan holds privilege of inaugurating Common Wealth Games with his composition and rendition of "Swaghatham Song" and also performed at the Qutub festival and the sports village. Also he performed at the Rashtriya Bhawan for the H'ble Indian President Smt. Prathibhathai Patil in the year 2010.