His father, S.M. Jayakumar, is a film guitarist who later became a noted musician and Chennai film composer.
Harris Jayaraj entered the world of film music as a musician, programming scores and drum–percussion for films under the famous Tamil music director A. R. Rahman. Jayaraj began his career as a keyboardist for several music directors over twelve years including Rahman,Manisharma Vidyasagar and Karthik Raja, in addition to composing beats for TV advertisements.
His first music score for a commercial film was for the Tamil film Minnale. The music was well received, particularly the song “Vaseegara”, which made the film a box office hit, running the charts for weeks. After Minnale, Harris composed music for the Tamil movies 12B and Kovil which met with high acclaim. His score for Minnale was later dubbed.
In 2005, he composed for movies like S. Shankar’s Anniyan, A. R. Murugadoss’s Ghajini (2005) and Thotti Jaya. The song “Andangkaaka” in Anniyan reached all classes of people and was the major hit song of that year and of course in his career.
Jayaraj’s collaborations with director Gautham Menon have been widely acclaimed, both of them being very successful in Tamil film industry. They have worked together in a series of hit movies like Minnale, Kaaka Kaaka (2003), Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006), Pachaikili Muthucharam (2007) and Varanam Aayiram.
Edited by arulns on 27 Mar 2009, 19:59
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