Music composer Shankar Mahadevan says city has a penchant for music

Renowned playback singer and music composer Shankar Mahadevan’s smashing hits ‘Gananayakaya’, ‘Jai Bhajarangi’ and ‘Sri Manjunatha’ have for long remained popular ring tones and caller tunes.

The four-time National Awardee will be in the city for the annual global event of his online school — Shankar Mahadevan Academy’s SANGAM — on July 4.

His contribution to Bengaluru seems “virtually much more”, as it’s the only city where his online music school has an offline presence and caters to a host of music activities all year long. “I have been singing for Kannada cinema for the past 15 years. One of my all-time favourite remains Hamsalekha’s ‘Sri Manjunatha’,” says the 48-year-old, who is looking forward to being part of the musical get-together. About the event, he said that it will feature performances by more than 50 teachers and 150 students on a single day. “The practical ‘Riyaaz sessions’ with our online global students congregating here is something I am looking forward to,” he says. SANGAM-2015 will bring together the academy’s students, teachers, affiliate partners, associates and employees for a musical extravaganza.

Speaking to The Hindu ahead of the event, Mr. Mahadevan says Bengaluru’s penchant for music has benefited his academy. “The academy has made a humble dent in creating positive vibes among music lovers, learners, teachers and performers. The city has some good performance centres that can be put to optimal use. Bengaluru also hosts exclusive youth competitions in every genre of music. This means it can afford a better music season with a lot more youths performing here,” he adds.

I have been singing for Kannada cinema for the past 15 years.

Shankar Mahadevan,

Playback singer and music composer

Full interview with Shankar Mahadevan in today’s MetroPlus

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