Harris Jayaraj! When you hear his name, it is the happy and feel-good numbers that come to your mind. His melodies are heartwarming, his western numbers are a rage among the youngsters and his folk songs cater to the commercial needs of the industry. As he celebrates his 41st birthday tomorrow, I bring you 12 songs of his that have a rich Classical touch to them.
12.Aazhiyile (Dhaam Dhoom)
This short number sung by Haricharan is one of the best love numbers that has a tinge of classical to it. The free-flowing steady rhythm is the icing on the cake!
11.Unakenna Venum Sollu (Yennai Arindhaal)
Though this song isn't a complete classical one, the gamakas by Mahathi, added to the honey-dipping voice of Benny Dayal, provide a classical aura to it.
10.Mun Andhi (7am Arivu)
Even this number doesn't fall into the category of being a pure Classical Song. But Karthik's rendition of lines in the charanams are a bliss to the ears of classical music lovers.
9.Ragasiya Kanavugal (Bheema)
This song has touches of Hindustani classical music to it. The folkish rhythm is the specialty of this number which is sung by Hariharan and Madhushree.
8.Anbe Anbe (Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal)
In the evergreen voices of Harish Ragavendra and Harini, this romantic song has an exquisite touch of classical to it.
7.Nenjil Nenjil (Engeyum Kadhal)
Based on the Charukesi raaga, this sweet love number is replete with gamakas and tabla beats. Added to the pleasant tune is the heavenly vocals of Harish Ragavendra and Chinmayi Sripada.
6.Ithuthaana Ithuthaana (Saamy)
This classical number in the vintage voice of K.S.Chitra has been the dream song of every girl. It's still fresh when listened to.
5.Annul Mele (Vaaranam Aayiram)
In the soothing vocals of Carnatic singer Sudha Raghunathan, this pleasing number makes for a peaceful listen on a serene night.
This is the pucca classical song that has the tinge of a Tamil Brahmin touch to it. Only Shankar Mahadevan can croon such beautiful numbers.
3.En Kaadhal Thee (Irandaam Ulagam)
S.P.Balasubramaniam's evergreen voice, an upbeat rhythm, usage of classical instruments and a traditional chorus. What more can you ask for in a semi-classical number?
2.Oorellaam Unnai Kandu (Nanbenda)
This number from 2015 is one of the classically rich love songs that Kollywood has seen in recent times. Two eminent classical singers Unni Krishnan and Bombay Jayashree have sung this one.
1.Iyengaaru Veetu (Anniyan)
The best ever classical song composed by Harris! Legendary singers Hariharan and Harini have rendered this beautiful number.