HARIOM is a 1997 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS, currently posted as a consolidation commissioner in the state. But there is one more side to this multi-faceted Indian Administrative Service officer: He is a Ghazal composer and singer. And if the local news reports turn correct, this officer is on the verge of…making a Bollywood debut soon. He has come to the spotlight once again last week when he released his new song Socha Na Tha Zindgi online. And his music albums include Intisaab and Roshani Ke Pankh, according to reports.
A graduate from the University of Allahabad and post-graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hariom was attracted to the world of ghazals from his childhood, and remained a big fan of Ghulam Ali. Some of his Ghazals are Mai tere pyar me maara hua hu and Sikandar hu magar haara hua hu, just to name a few.
A post-graduate in Hindi, this 44-year-old officer has a good command over the language, making him a lyricist and writer as well. He has also authored three books — Dhoop ka parcham, America meri jaan and Kapaas ke agle mausam me — and all are known for their rich literary contents.
Born in Katari village of Sultanpur district (now Amethi) of Uttar Pradesh, Hariom was a bright student from his childhood. But he was also gifted with an amazing voice. And then, his interests in Hindi literature — he is now a PhD in Hindi literature — helped him composing his own songs. He also won awards such as Firaq Award and Rajbhasha Award for his literary contributions in Hindi literature.
After joining as IAS, he also completed a course from prestigious International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.