"Param Bhakt" (Supreme Devotee) Shri Hari Om Sharan ( Hindi: हरिओम शरण ) (26 September 1932 – 17 December 2007) was a legendary Hindu devotional singer and lyricist. He devoted most of his career in singing devotional songs in praise of Bhagwan Ram and Hanuman. He was blessed with renown as a Bhajan singer in the 1970s with his albums like Premanjali Pushpanjai, and Data Ek Ram. His bhajan namely 'Tera Ram ji Karenge Bedaa Paar', 'Maili Chadar Odhke Kaise', 'Aarti Kunj Bihari ki', 'Aisa Pyar Bahaa De Maiyya', 'Shree Radhey Govinda', 'Hanuman Chalisa', 'Govind Jai Jai Gopal Jai Jai' are very popular amongst sincere devotees around the world. During his devotional recordings spanning over 35 years, he released over 20 Bhajan albums.Albums of Hari Om Sharan
ContentsBiography1.1 Early life1.2 Recording career1.3 Singers pay tribute1.4 Legacy
Hari Om Sharan was born in Lahore, now in Pakistan, on 26 September 1932. His family migrated to India, after the Partition of India in 1947.
He became a professional singer in 1973, singing his first album for HMV. During a trip to Guyana, he met Nandini, whom he later married, and settled down in India.Hari Om Sharan & Murli Manohar Swarup - Pushpanjali
While others singers of his era sought fame and fortune by singing Bollywood songs for movies, Hari Om Sharan stuck with bhajans and God. His simplicity is reflected in his singing and his lifestyle. He and his wife were easily approachable and were mobbed by followers at every mandir (temple) and every public concert.
His bhajans are sung across Northern India. Even in Kashmir and Jammu valley his bhajans are sung and the local singer may not always know or come across his name. He became a legend in his lifetime. Rare are the days when All India Radio Vividh Bharathi does not relay a bhajan sung by him in his morning program from 6:00 am to 6.30 am. He is well respected in Indian communities in West Indies, Trinidad, and Guyana.
He was inspired to sing previously unheard compositions of Kabir, Kamal, Raidas, etc. Those who have heard him in his pristine days can never forget his very melodious voice and the impact it created on them. He does sing with simplicity and understatement and does nothing to exaggerate. That is the beauty of his bhajans. His pronunciation and enunciation is crystal clear and his feel is unmistakable. His pronunciation of Sanskrit verses is excellent and the phonetics are distinct.
He appeared briefly in an English film, Holy Smoke! (1999), as a singer.
He is said to have ventured (very briefly) into ghazal singing, though without much success.
Singers pay tribute
In 2004, an album of Hari Om's bhajans, sung by the front runners of India's music industry, titled Hari Om - A Life in Prayer, was released. The contributors to this album included: Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Shankar Mahadevan, Richa Sharma, Sadhana Sargam, Shaan, Mahalaxmi Iyer, and Sunidhi Chauhan. Percussionist Sivamani provides the backdrop.
He remains one of the most popular bhajan singers in India. Millions of Indians start their day with his bhajans. He is credited with a very popular "Hanuman Chalisa". Listening to Shri Hari Om Sharan is a spiritually humbling experience. He devoted his life to service of Rama and Hanuman.
Sharan never tried to decorate his bhajans with ornate twists of complicated gayaki. Sharan’s songs are straight from the heart, sung without any exaggeration and simplicity that unfailingly touches chords of one's heart in a most charming manner.
Apart from being a musician of immense charm and humility, Hari Om Sharan was a writer and a painter, too. There are more than 20 cassettes/CDs from this genius, and he has sung over 2,500 bhajans that are a treasure for generations to come.Hari Om Sharan dies in NY Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday. www.newsday.co.tt.26 December 2007, Retrieved:2008-08-02. Hari Om Sharan filmography New York Times. Tribute album by Indian music Industry