It's been 12 years since Harris Jayaraj stepped into the film industry and since then he has produced numerous hit albums and top of the chart songs. Today, the man is celebrating his 38th birthday. We would like to send out our warm wishes to him and wish him all the success. Happy birthday Harris Jayaraj!
Harris's interest in music began early in his life when started learning Carnatic music when he was just six. His closest inspiration came in the form of his dad, S.M.Jeyakumar who was a guitarist and an assistant to a prominent Malayalam music composer. He took interest in playing the guitar and as he learned the classical way, he graduated from the Trinity College of Music, London. Soon, he started programming his music and spent the 90s working under several composers in different languages.
His shot to fame came while he worked as a programmer under A.R.Rahman in 2000 when he composed the music for a Coco-cola commercial featuring Vijay. His attempt was spotted and he was put upon Gautham Menon's first film, Minnale, which went on to become a chartbuster. Harris' music was widely appreciated by the audience and critics alike and he was awarded the Best Music Director Filmfare award, breaking the record of his master A.R.Rahman who had been raining supreme for 9 successive years. His time had just begun.
Soon, Harris started tasting one success after the other and his efforts in 2003, for Gautham's next film Kaakha Kaakha earned him another Filmfare and the prestigious Tamil Nadu State Award for best music director. By then, he had several hit albums to his name including Majnu, 12B, Lesa Lesa etc. Remarkably, his music continued to soar through the charts and his fan base grew like never before. By then, he was a name to reckon with and was hot in demand among filmmakers who wanted to impress the youth with exuberant music that striked the right chords.
But Harris was far from done, and Shankar, who always opted to go with Rahman for his films, soon noticed his success. Harris used up the opportunity well with Anniyan and was yet again rewarded by the Tamil Nadu State Association. In the same year, he also produced Ghajini, another super hit album and couldn't do anything wrong. With the success of most his films, his albums were to be remade in Telugu for a Tollywood release and soon gathered fans in Andhra as well. In particular, his Kaakha Kaakha album was remade in three other languages - Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.
The following years produced more hits for Harris. Films such as Patchaikili Muthucharam, Bheema, Vaaranam Aayiram, Ayan, Engeyum Kadhal, Ko are all attributes to his success. And following yet another year full of hits in 2012, Harris has good reason to be going ahead in full steam. All four films he has touched in this calendar year, including Nanban, OKOK, Maatraan and Thuppaki have been declared as musical hits and we can tune into their numbers even today on the way to work from the FM stations or on YouTube.
Known for his impeccable use of chords and stunningly sharp vocals, Harris has carved a niche for himself right from the beginning. Even as new names continue to show up, he has maintained his stand with pride and has successfully offered numerous compositions for his fans to quench their thirst. Having worked with almost all leading artists in the playback industry, he is appreciated by many for his humble nature and the professionalism he brings to his work.
We sure hope to continually tune into his work and hits in the years to come. Once again, happy birthday Harris sir!