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Songs that follow the heart

Early lessons: Ganesh says the music culture in Mylapore helped him grow as a musician   | Photo Credit: mail

Ganesh Chandrasekaran is pursuing his masters education in Germany. He however remains a Mylapore boy at heart and has taken a short break from studies just to have his music album released in Chennai. He attributes much of growth as a musician to the many years spent in Mylapore, which gave him access to sabhas and kutcheris.

Ganesh  has tried something new with his debut independent album — U The Epitome of Love — which was released recently at the AVM Studios.

“The album has six songs, with songs from across genres and the sequence is such that it could be easily adapted in a movie. The theme of the album is ‘A love for music’ and it takes the listener through different stages of romance,” says Ganesh, who adds that the album couldn’t have been possible without the Internet.

“I composed all the music around midnight. I think I can work best at that time. I would work on the music after college and send the compositions across to my singers in Chennai through the Internet and interact with them through Skype or Facebook,” he says.

In fact, he used the social media to reach out to his singers. “I knew some of them already and the others I contacted through social networking sites. These singers are stars in their own right as they have appeared in popular singing reality shows,” he says.

The album features singers like Al Rufian (who sang Oh Penne from Naan Sigappu Manidhan) singing a folk song, a melodious number rendered by Nithyashree and Sai Vignesh of Airtel Super Singers, another Airtel Super Singer fame Soundarya Ravindran has sung an RNB/Jazz number. “Mohamad Rizwan and Vhaijayanthi Shree (both participants of Airtel Super Singer) have done an extraordinary work. I also have a foot-tapping number  Chennaiyule (The Rhythm of Chennai), sung by popular contestant Dhivakar and rapped (and written ) by Anirudh J. R., who is a doctor by profession.

“Five out of six songs are written by Dr. Sathyaseelan and all of them have worked free of cost. These are popular singers who have performed across the world and they agreed to sing for a newcomer like me just for the love of music.  Music Director Vijay Narayanan was our mentor,” says Ganesh, adding that it is very difficult for an independent artiste to make it big in the industry.

It was his love for the music that pushed him to overcome every obstacle. “I have not learned music. Music has been an important part of his life and I drew inspiration from everything that intrigued me. Having lived in Mylapore for many years, connecting with music was easy. I would attend sabhas, kuctheris and performances whenever I could,” he says.

Divo Movies is the audio label. You can follow him on https://www.facebook.com/GaneshChandrasekaranOfficial

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