Monday, December 29, 2008

Tribute To The Giant H.Sridhar-AR Rahman's Sound Engineer

Tribute To H.Sridhar-A R Rahman's Sound Engineer

The Man,
The Musician,
The Engineer,
The Smile...

He could make any singer sound extraordinary.

Rare Old Snap

Sridhar was the Chief Audio Engineer at Media Artists.

FOH Team In Salt Lake Stadium,Calcutta For AR Rahman's Concert

A mathematics graduate, with keen interest in electronics and formal music training

Sridhar And Modi In Las Vegas

He started a professional sound engineering career in 1988.

On the new Neve 88R mixing desk at AM Studios

One of the best sound engineers in India, H. Sridhar passed away here on Monday, following a cardiac arrest. He was 48.

Sridhar And KJS Mixing Outdoors

He had engineered over 200 films and worked closely with directors like Mani Ratnam, K Balachandar, Bharathiraaja, Shankar, Kamal Hassan, P C Sreeram, Priyadarsan, Sibi Malayil and Ramgopal Varma.

SridharIn A Relaxed Mood

Among Sridhar's many professional credits was the fact that he engineered all songs and background scores for the renowned music director A R Rahman.

Sridhar Checking AR Rahman's Gadgets

Some ground-breaking films to his credit are Roja, Gentleman, Kadhalan, Thiruda Thiruda, Bombay, Duet, Mahanadi, Rangeela, Kuruthippunnal, Muthu, Indian, Minsaara Kanavu and Iruvar.

Sridhar Memorial

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.

Sridhar was awarded the President's Gold Medal (The National Award for Best Audiography) four times: for the film Mahanadi in 1994, Dil Se in 1999, Lagaan in 2001 & Kannathil Muththamittal in 2003. Having pioneered the use of Digital Sound for Indian films in the DTS format,.

Sridhar In AM Studios

Sridhar successfully completed six-track surround sound mixing for more than 200 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.

Gurus in their own right. With Sivamani @ AR Rahman Banglore Concert

Sridhar also engineered and mixed albums for international artists like George Harrison of The Beatles, John Neptune Kaizan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, L.Shankar and John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra & Shakti fame).

Yeah...stretch them limbs Sridhar. Kuwait

His childhood friend and colleague Jayendra Panchapakesan of Real Image recalls the vibrant and fun-filled childhood they shared.

Sridhar in Casual Style

“He loved playing cricket in our colony at Mylapore.” When he was in Std. IX, he wanted to learn playing the guitar, and in two years, he taught himself to play the instrument with ease. “He is a completely self-taught audio-engineer, too,” Mr. Panchapakesan said.

Sridhars Favorite Postion

He passed away in the morning of December 1st 2008 due to cardiac problems.

May His Soul Rest In Peace With Lot Of Music And Consoles Up There!!!

Sridhar In Singapore

About Sridhar:

Early morning stroll next to the sea. Kuwait.
Sridhar Playing
AR Rahman concert. 17th November, 2007. New Delhi. At FOH

Some More Tributes From People Who Remembered Him:

Taking his cig break and talking on the phone! Hong Kong
Whole Panchathan And KJS

Sridhar's Greatness-Aspiring singers can take a note or two from this episode.

Sridhar And KJ Singh In Modi Digital Inauguration
Dridhar And KJS Checking Sound In Modi Digital

Listen To H.Sridhar's Interview:

Sridhar,Aditya And Siva Kumar
Sridhar With John

Sridhar In Modi Digital

Sridhar And Whole Gang