Dharan - Profiles of Music Director

Dharan is an Indian music composer, who mainly produces film scores and soundtracks in the Tamil film industry. He rose to fame with Parijatham, featuring the hit single "Unnai Kandene", which marked his debut as a film score composer. Dharan was born on 8 October 1983 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He did his schooling at St. Johns, Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Anna Gem schools in Chennai.

He started working as an assistant to composer Harris Jayaraj in the films Kaakha Kaakha, Chellame and Anniyan. He is famous actress Devika's nephew. Dharan used to participate in music programs in the college, director K. Bhagyaraj's daughter Saranya studied in. For her debut venture, Parijatham, directed by her father, Saranya recommended Dharan as the film composer, by which he happened to enter the Tamil film industry.

The album became a chartbuster, with the song "Unnai Kandaene" being listed among the top ten songs of the year and earning him a name in the industry. Sify in its review described Dharan's songs and background score as "a major highlight" of the film, which itself became a commercial successful as well.

His next release was the soundtrack album to the low-budget horror thriller Sivi that starred newcomers. The album received very positive reviews and response as well, while Dharan's background score was highly appreciated by critics and described as "haunting", and "top-class" that gives the film "it’s true color".

In 2010, Dharan first release was Bharath's Thambikku Indha Ooru, which, too was highly unsuccessful at the box office, while his next release would be Siddu, collaborating again with K. Bhagyaraj. The soundtrack to the film was released in 2009 already, for which he made composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and director Venkat Prabhu to sing each a song, with the former's song "Poove Poove" emerging a chartbuster.

He makes his Malayalam debut with The Thriller, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and is currently working on the Salsa-based romantic-musical Podaa Podi which also features a Bhangra number, starring Silambarasan. Upon the release on 10 October 2012, the album became a big chartbuster. Dharan has worked on non-film projects as well.

In 2009, he produced a single "Sing One More Time" as a tribute to Michael Jackson, who Dharan describes as his "biggest insipration in his childhood". The single, which also partly features lyrics by him, was rendered by ten singers and released as a video album. He had also composed the theme song for the 2010 Challenger Beach Volleyball Championship, held in Chennai, apart from composing jingles for television advertisements.