Four times National Award winning Sound Engineer Sridhar Hariharan passed away late on Sunday night. He died of a cardiac arrest. Sridhar who was fondly called the ‘Mozart of Madras’ had closely worked on a number of films with music maestro AR Rahman. He had been working on the music score for Ghajini till the end. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
We spoke to Aamir Khan who immediately went to Chennai to attend the funeral. Aamir said, “Sridhar was one of the finest technicians of our industry and a dear friend. I had worked closely with him especially during the final mix of Lagaan. The news of his passing away is a huge shock and I feel a deep sense of loss. This tragic news coming at a time when we are all grappling with the devastating attack on Mumbai has left me completely shattered.”
Sridhar had pioneered the use of digital sound in Indian films. The Chief Audio Engineer at Media Artists started his professional sound engineering career in 1988. He had worked in over 200 films with renowned filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Ashutosh Gowarikar, K Balachander, Shankar, Kamal Hassan, Priyadarsan, and Ram Gopal Varma. Sridhar engineered all songs and background scores for films like Roja, Gentleman, Kadhalan, Bombay, Thiruda Thiruda, Rangeela, Indian, Iruvar, Kaala Paani and Minasaara Kanavu. He was awarded the President's Gold Medal (The National Award for Best Audiography) four times for Mahanadi in 1994, Dil Se in 1999, Lagaan in 2001 and Kannathil Muththamittal in 2003.
Sridhar also engineered and mixed albums for George Harrison of the Beatles, John Neptune Kaizan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, L Shankar and John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra & Shakti fame).
Despite repeated attempts, AR Rahman remained unavailable for comment