G. Hari Sundareswara Sarma (G. Harisundar) b1971
G. Hari Sundareswara Sarma, who hails from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, the God’s own country is one among the few vaggeyakaaras (composers) in the field of Carnatic music of the younger generation. At present, Hari is under the tutelage of renowned singer, Sangeetha kalanidhi. T. K. Govinda Rao for composing krithis. Born in 1971 in Thiruvananthapuram as the son of Sri. S. Govindarama Iyer and Smt. M. S. Rajammal, Hari Sundareswara Sarma passed his M. A from the Faculty of Social Sciences Kerala University and also passed the PG Diploma in Journalism from Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan. He also underwent training in music from Prof. G. Seethalakshmi and Smt. Bhavani Amma Thampuratty.Presently employed as the Staff Reporter in the Thiruvananthapuram bureau of THE HINDU daily, Hari has also been handling the art and music review columns in the daily from 1997 onwards. He has been in the field of writing krithis for the past 10 years.His songs have been rendered by several artistes of repute including Kalaimaamani.Sri Rajkumar Bharathi, Trivandrum Krishnakumar, Innisaibaanu Madhuragaanasudha Sri. Trichy Ganesan,Smt. Mysore Nagamoni Srinath,Smt. Mathangi Sathyamoorthy, Dr. K. Omanakutty, BangaloreM.S.Sheela,C.B.Ramanarayanan,VayyankaraMadhusoodanan, Trikkodithanam Satchidanandan, Smt. Thiruvaiyaru B. Jayasri, Bombay Jayasree, C.S.Sajeev, Adoor Sudarsan, Bhavana Radhakrishnan and several others.In his career as a composer, Hari has composed as many as 352 krithis in Sanskrit, Malayalam, Tamil and bhajans in Hindi. He also holds the distinction of being the only composer to have composed Navagraha krithis in Malayalam. Hari also has to his credit, several Sanskrit slokas on various deities in the country, which are being sung by various artistes.The first presentation of Hari’s krithis was staged at the Theerthapada mandapam by Naveen Namboodiri with the blessings of Prof. Parassala Ponnammal and Dr. K. Omanakkutty in 1997. Later his krithis have been presented in various venues including the Mookambika temple at Kollur, Chembai memorial Trust, Sreevaraham, Naada Inbam sabha at Chennai and also at the Naadopaasana Chennai in 2000 which was broadcast through the AIR.
Audio Albums released
Deveem by Naveen Namboodiri of Kalavardhani cassettes Chennai in 1998.
2.Carnatic vocal by Dr. K. Omanakkutty by INRECO, Chennai in 2000
3.Hariharaarchitham by M. S. Sheela by Kalavardhani cassettes, Chennai in 2001
4.Krithis of Hari Sundareswara Sarma by M. S. Sheela by Dreams Audio, Chennai in 2001
5.Gaanaganga by Rajkumar Bharathi of Amba Audio, Tvpm in 2001
6.Gaanasindhu by Mathangi Sathyamoorthy of Amba Audio, Tvpm in 2001
7.Krithis of Hari Sundar by Rajkumar Bharathi by Dreams Audio on 2001
8.Anugraham by Mathangi Sathyamoorthy produced by the Thiruvenkitachalapathy Kshethra Samithi, Tiruvengidom, Guruvayur as part of the renovation of the Venkitachalapathy temple at Guruvayur in 2002
9.Manoranchitam by Bhavana Radhakrishnan of GITA cassettes, Chennai in 2002
10.Paradevathe by Trichy Ganesan of GITA cassettes, Chennai in 2002
11. CD- Sivasakthi by Trichy Ganesan as part of the fund raising of the Sri Venkiteswara Temple Trust, Pittsburg by Gaanamandir Productions, Chennai.
to be released
Carnatic albums containing krithis of Hari Sundar rendered by Trichy Ganesan and Smt. Nagamani Srinath of which recordings have been completed are to be released soon.
has also written a book, Souparnikaamritham, containing the notated version
of his selected krithis. The new volume of own compositions is tipped
to be released in September 2003.
He has also written a comparative study, “Bhagavad Gita Through Thyagaraja” and a travelogue, “Amarnaath Ormakal” based on his journey to the holy cave of Amarnath.
His krithi on Saniswara, “Melle melle charichidum…” was included in the album, “Neelanjanam” sung by Dr. K. Omanakkutty.
Awards and recognitions
has been honoured by the Thiruvenkitachalapathy Kshethra Samithi in July
2002 for his contributions in music.
*The Kerala Sahridaya Vedi presented its Sangeetha Puraskaaram of 2002 to Hari Sundar in September 2002
*Renowned musician, Sangeetha Kalanidhi. T. K. Govinda Rao honoured Hari Sundar under the auspices of the Naada Inbam Sabha, Chennai in November 2002 for his contributions as a composer.
*The Navarasam Sangeetha Sabha, Thiruvananthapuram honoured Hari with its Yuvapratibha award in December 2002
*The Thiruvananthapuram Press Club had also honoured Hari Sundar in 2000 and also in 2003.
*Felicitated by the Sri Chithira Tirunal Sangeetha Natya Kala Kendram, Thiruvananthapuram.
Hari has also won several prizes for music and poetry recitation in the School Youth festivals and Science fairs. He won the honours in the South zone Science fair at Pondicherry in 1986 and also in the National School Science Fair at Guwahati in 1987.
G. Hari Sundareswara
Cliff House Road,
Devasom board jn.
Hari Sundareswara Sarma has mainly composed krithis in Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil and bhajans in Hindi. Most of his krithis are in praise of his worshipping deity, Mookambika as well as other forms of Devi. Hari also holds the distinction of having composed Navagraha krithis in Malayalam.
siva parvathi sutham- Atana
Saraswathi maam paahi- Gopikatilakam
Sadaanandamayi chinmayi- Sivasakthi
Paahimam sri Saradaambe- Keeravani
Saranam prapadyeham- Vasantha
Sarva siddhikara- Bahudari
Sundaram Sundaram Un thiru roopam- Saveri
Sangeetha sahithya- Mohanakalyani
Karunaamritha sagari- Kharaharapriya
Sankari Sri Rajarajeswari- Hemavathi
Madhava Kesava- Behag
Kumaram bhajeham- Hamsavinodini
Bhavaye sree ganesam- Arabhi
Janani- Nalinakanti varnam
Silayaai nindralum- Vasantha
En manam athanil- Simhendramadyamam
Sringaadrivaasini- BilahariSada unnai- Paras
Irakkam varamal- Madhuvanti
Nee Samagaana- Kapi
Murali lolam- Kalyanavasantham
Manam urugi- Dwijavanti
Vaasanthi tillanaSmara maanasa- Purvikalyani
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