City girl hits the high notes

Singer Srisha from Coimbatore teams up with industry veterans M.S. Viswanathan and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam for her third independent album, Siragadipen

September 11, 2014 09:03 pm | Updated 09:03 pm IST - COIMBATORE

Srisha with MSV

Srisha with MSV

with the concept of bringing in veterans, because it would make composing even more of a challenge. As for Srisha, he says she has a “different” voice, and creating the album was a great experience. The team took less than 20 days to do it, because Srisha had to leave for Vancouver, where After two albums — Puthiya Bharathi and Ashtamala — with music composer Dheena, 17-year-old singer Srisha has cut a third independent album with singercomposer Srinivas.

Titled Siragadipen, it is about a young girl’s dreams and aspirations. The album is in the news because it brings together top talents — present and former. Veteran composer M.S. Viswanathan makes a rare appearance.

Besides, Siragadipen features singeractor S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan, and lyric engineer Madhan Karky’s word magic. And, sharing the stage with all of them is Srisha, who hails from Coimbatore.

The album has three songs sung with legendary musicians and two solo performances.

Kalam Maari Poyache, which was first released on YouTube, has been conceived as a conversation between a grandfather (MSV) and granddaughter (Srisha), and is a tribute to the composer’s contribution to Tamil film music.

Speaking about the album, Srinivas says they came up she is now pursuing her graduation, and learning Western classical music.

Srisha has already worked with senior singers. In Pudhiya Bharathi, she performed with Hariharan, Unnikrishnan, Vijay Prakash and Madhu Balakrishnan. “The idea of a third album came up during my exam holidays. It felt great to collaborate with veterans,” says Srisha.

Initially, she was nervous about their presence, but now, “I feel I’ve been really lucky to get such a chance.”

Srinivas helped her focus, telling her to not get nervous as it would affect her performance, she recalls. Srisha has also made an entry into film music. She’s rendered a college farewell song with Santhosh for Jamaai, which has music by Dheena.

Of all the songs in Siragadipen, Srisha says the closest to her heart is the one with MSV. “I never dreamt I’d get to meet him. My grandfather passed away when I was a child. When I listen to this song, I feel this is how we would have conversed had he been alive.”

Siragadipen, produced by Mosrima Infra and Digital Partner Divo, is also available on iTunes.

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