From Indipop to playback singing, Shaan has come a long way, with several hits to his credit
Shaan: the man of many memorable tunes Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
IT WAS not so long ago that we saw the brother-sister duo, Shaan and Sagarika, make waves on the music scene. They reminded us of the 1980s brother-sister pair, Zoheb and Nazia Hassan from Pakistan. Remember the latter's song "Disco Diwane aha... "? Many jived to its peppy beat. Shaan and Sagarika's "Aisa Hota Hai" from their album Naujawan too became quite popular. And to date, they are perhaps the only brother-sister singing team in the country.
While his sister cut one or two solo albums and then settled for marriage and motherhood, Shaan jumped on the Bollywood music bandwagon when he took to playback singing in a big way.
Beginning his innings with the chartbuster "Musu Musu" from the film Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, he has sung many memorable numbers. "I think I have been lucky from the beginning. I did not have to struggle much to be where I am," says the crooner. With a music-loving mother and lyricist-composer father, Manas Mukherjee, Shantanu a.k.a Shaan has a voice to be proud of.
Be it the soft non-filmi number "Tanha Dil" or "In Panchion Ko Dekh Kar" from Koi Mil Gaya, the peppy "Koi Kahen" from Dil Chahta Hai, the romantic "Kuch To Hua Hai" from Kal Ho Na Ho, or the boyish "Ladki Kyun" from Hum Tum and "Mein Aisa Kyun Hun" from Lakshya, he has given us variety, excellence, and consistency in contemporary Hindi popular music. "However peppy a song is, you can be confident of singing it well only if you are trained in classical music," says Shaan. A disciple of Hindustani vocalist Ghulam Mustafa Khan, he says, due to lack of time, he does his riyaaz mostly in the evenings. "And during free time, I like to listen to Stevie Wonder and my guru's recorded alaap."
Album with Sagarika
Talking of his upcoming non-filmi projects, he names a Bengali album that he plans to cut with Sagarika. "All the songs were written by my father. It is a tribute to our dad. Hopefully, it should come out during Durga Puja this year," says Shaan.
Shooting three episodes of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa a day to studio-hopping for playback singing, he says he gets little time with his wife and two-year-old son Soham. "But I can look at them whenever I want to," he says, pulling out photographs of his family from his wallet. He never forgets to smile. "It keeps the situation under control!"
SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY
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