Dhara started working as an assistant to composer Harris Jayaraj in the films Kaakha Kaakha, Chellame and Anniyan. He did his schooling at St. Johns, Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Anna Gem schools in Chennai. He 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. The album became a chartbuster, which 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. The film Laadam, directed by Prabu Solomon, also bombed at the box office, failing to propel his career. 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. Malayalam debut with The Thriller, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and worked on the Salsa-based romantic-musical Podaa Podi which also features a Bhangra number. Upon the release on 10 October 2012, the album became a big chartbuster. His future projects are Ethiri En 3, Thollaikatchi and Jeykirom Machi.