Tribute To H.Sridhar-A R Rahman's Sound Engineer
He could make any singer sound extraordinary.Sridhar was the Chief Audio Engineer at Media Artists.A mathematics graduate, with keen interest in electronics and formal music training
He started a professional sound engineering career in 1988. One of the best sound engineers in India, H. Sridhar passed away here on Monday, following a cardiac arrest. He was 48. 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. 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. 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.
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 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. 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).
His childhood friend and colleague Jayendra Panchapakesan of Real Image recalls the vibrant and fun-filled childhood they shared. “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.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!!!
H.Sridhar Memorial Talks Of ARR,Sivamani,Rajeev Menon And Senthil..And More:
http://www.radioandmusic.com/content/editorial/opinion/remembering-sridhar#story Some More Tributes From People Who Remembered Him:
Sridhar's Greatness-Aspiring singers can take a note or two from this episode.
Listen To H.Sridhar's Interview:
1... Coca-Cola was originally green.
2.. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
3.. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.
4.. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
5.. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
6.. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row ! of the keyboard.
7.. Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!
8.. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
9.. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
10.. People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
11.. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
12.. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
13.. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
14.. Each kin g in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Spades - King David Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts -Charlemagne Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
15.. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
16.. If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
17.. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? Ans. - All invented by women.
18.. Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this? Ans. - Honey
19.. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
20.. A snail can sleep for three years.
21.. All polar bears are left handed.
22.. Butterflies taste with their feet.
23.. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
24.. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
25.. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
26.. Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
27.. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
28.. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
29.. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
30.. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
31.. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
32.. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
33.. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
34.. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
35.. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
Look to this day, The very life of life, In its brief course lies all The realities and varieties of existence, The bliss of growth, The splendor of action, The glory of power. For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived, Makes every yesterday A dream of happiness And every tomorrow A vision of hope. Look well, therefore, To this day.