Tonight, the singer will take us through two decades of his melodies
Relive the magic of ’90s pop music as Shaan takes centrestage at Phoenix Marketcity for the Alive India in Concert. “This event’s special focus is on indie songs. So I’ll sing quite a lot of my non-film songs, which I usually don’t do in concerts. These will include Tanha Dil, Aksar, Loveology and Bhool Ja. I’ll sing some Hindi hits too,” says the singer, who catapulted to fame in the ’90s with his pop albums.
The year 2015 also “sort of” marks his 25 years in the industry. “I had sung for Parinda (that released in 1989). It was just a line, Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari Dosti Hamari, and I was given credit for that. Wikipedia also mentions it (laughs). If you count that, it’s been 25 years,” says the 43-year-old.
What’s been the most memorable moment of his journey, we ask. “I think I am going to make memories in the coming years,” laughs Shaan. He has teamed up with composers Gourav Dasgupta and Roshan Balu to direct music for the upcoming Hindi films, such as Yaara, Great Grand Masti and Weekend.
As an afterthought, Shaan says he counts himself lucky that he has been able to stick around in Bollywood for this long. “I constantly meet hardworking people who have not got their due. My dad (late music director Manas Mukherjee) was extremely talented. But he didn’t see the success that he should have,” he says.
Does he have a favourite from the new crop of singers? The answer took some time to come. He says, “There are so many new voices, and they all bring different things to the table. But Arijit Singh has done well in last two years. He still surprises us with his tonality.” But he sees no female artiste close to the talent of Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal even after all these years.
“Most of the new voices aren’t very different from each other. I mentioned Arijit, but Ankit Tiwari sounds similar to him. There is a lack of distinct voices today. For instance, when you hear Udit Narayan’s voice, you know it is his.”
He’s also been reflecting over the treatment of songs lately. “If you listen to Sonu Nigam, myself or even KK, there is a certain lightness in our songs. I find eternal sadness in the new songs (especially love songs). Every song doesn’t have to be intense. Love is a happy feeling. If you are telling someone I can’t live without you (referring to Tum Hi Ho), it’s a sweet thing. Don’t sing it like you’re going to die! Yes, the onus is also on the composers. Today’s music has gone into the gloomy rock space, which is unnecessary,” explains Shaan, who is known for his light songs such as Chand Sifarish, Jab Se Tere Naina, and Chaar Kadam.
December 4. At Whitefield. 7 pm. Tickets (`500 upwards)
— Barkha Kumari