At home in different genres of music
HARIHARAN IN CONVERSATION WITH GAYATHRI SUNDARESAN
Singer Hariharan, of the gifted voice, with a large fan following throughout the country, is versatile in classical (Hindustani and Carnatic), ghazal, fusion and film music. He talks to Sruti about his unusual musical journey that took him from a strictly traditional Carnatic music household, to discovering his own path encompassing a wider range of pan-Indian and
Today you are a widely known and loved musician in the country, equally comfortable in many styles spanning many languages. Tell us about how you came into the field.
There was always music at home. Our house in Sion was quite small, typical of the apartments in Bombay those days. A small hall that became the bedroom at night, and a kitchen and the luxury of a balcony! Most of my uncles and aunts were well versed in music. When everyone in the family sings, you just have to sing!
When my father H.A.S. Mani Bhagavatar was alive, there would be music going on, or talk on music, or a musician would have visited, you know, a very active household, never a dull moment.
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