H. Sridhar (or Sridhar Hariharan) was an Audiographer in the Tamil and Hindi film industry.
A mathematics graduate, with keen interest in electronics and formal music training, he started a professional sound engineering career in 1988.
He has engineered over 200 films so far and has worked closely with directors like Mani Ratnam, K Balachandar, Bharathiraaja, Shankar, Kamal Hassan, P C Sreeram, Priyadarsan, Sibi Malayil and Ramgopal Varma.
Among Sridhar's many professional credits is the fact that he engineered all songs and background scores for the renowned music director A. R. Rahman. Some ground-breaking films to his credit are Roja, Gentleman, Kadhalan, Thiruda Thiruda, Bombay, Duet, Mahanadi, Rangeela, Kuruthippunnal, Muthu, Indian, Minsaara Kanavu and Iruvar.
He also engineered the background music score and songs for the national award winning films Kaala Paani for music director Ilaiyaraaja and Minasaara Kanavu for music director A R Rahman.
H. Sridhar was the recipient of the prestigious President's Gold Medal (National Award for best Audiography) four times for the films Mahanadhi, Dil Se, Lagaan and Kannathil Muthamilttal.
Having pioneered the use of Digital Sound for Indian films in the DTS format, Sridhar has successfully completed six-track surround sound mixing for more than 100 films including Karuppu Roja, Siraichaalai, Indian, Bharatheeyudu, Hindustani, Paeyi, Iruvar, Minsaara Kanavu, Sapnay, Ziddi, Judwaa, My Dear Kuttichathan 3D, V I P, Aflatoon, Devathai, Chhota Chetan, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya , Satya , Jeans, Dil Se, Kadhalar Dinam, Padayappa, Mudhalvan, Pukaar, Alaipaayuthey, Kandukondain Kandukondai, Kushi, among others.
Sridhar has also engineered and mixed albums for international artists like George Harrison of The Beatles, John Neptune Kaizan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussai and L.Shankar.
He was the Chief Audio Engineer at Media Artists.
He passed away on Dec 1, 2008 due to heart attack, shocking the industry and his friends. He was 50.
This true talent will surely be missed by the music fraternity.