Bharathwaj was born on 3th July, 1960 in Ravanasamuthram, Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, India. He works as music director and playback singer predominantly in Tamil language. However, he has also worked in Telugu and Malayalam languages.
Bharadwaj was born in a Tamil Brahmin family. He did his schooling and college in Delhi. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has studied Hindustani and Western music.
Bharadway started his career with "Sogasu Chuda Taramaa?" (1995) in Telugu language. He debuted in Tamil with "Kaadhal Mannan" (1998) directed by Saran. From then he has composed music for almost all movies of director Saran. Notable movies composed by Bharadwaj and directed by Saran are Kaadhal Mannan, Amarkalam, Parthen Rasithen, Gemini, Jay Jay, Vasool Raja MBBS, Attagasam, Asal.
He has received Kalaimamani Award in 2008 from Tamil Nadu Government for his work towards art and culture.