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    Shankar Ehsaan Loy on their latest concert for The Shakti Foundation and why Chennai is so special

    They’ve been coming to the city for well over a decade. So for Shankar Ehsaan Loy, the question is not what songs they will be performing, but what songs they will be eliminating. At their latest concert, Gurukripa 2016—the annual fundraiser organised by The Shakti Foundation, in aid of medicare for the rural underprivileged—the trio assures us, there will be a wide range of genres. “There’ll be something with a rock feel, like Rock On!! 2, to popular songs like Kajra re and inspirational songs like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to emotional songs like Taare Zameen Par,” rattles off Shankar Mahadevan, adding, “We will entertain a cross-section of audience.”
    A recent health scare hasn’t dampened Mahadevan’s enthusiasm; in fact, he says he is back on full throttle. Having just wrapped up My Country My Music—a collaboration with renowned names like singer Manicka Vinayagam and Rajasthani folk artiste Mame Khan that showcased music from around the country—he says he can’t wait to bring it down to Chennai. “It is a combination of folk music, original music and popular film music with folk influences. I ended up singing in 10 languages for it,” smiles Mahadevan, who is juggling several movies—including Mirzya and a YRF project with the director of Dhoom 3. The singer also made his movie debut recently, with Katyar Kaljat Ghusali, a Marathi film based on Indain classical music.
    February 13, at 7 pm, at The Music Academy.
    Details: 26611213 / 9790923295

    Flashback
    At a concert a few years ago, superstar Rajinikanth was the chief guest. He was supposed to stay for just 15 minutes, but he ended up staying for the entire three hours. At the end, he came up on stage and told us and the audience how special the show was.
    —Mahadevan

    Every time I come to Chennai, I remember my times with Mandolin Srinivas. He was so close to me. We used to compose and play together for all our shows. Even otherwise, we would meet and talk, or go for a meal together. He and I used to go to Southern Spice at the Taj, where the manager, who is a friend, would get special meals
    made for us.
    —Mahadevan

    We used to record the string sections for our films in Chennai, mostly at Kodandapani Audio Labs. We had wonderful times with our conductor-arranger, Srinivas Murthy, and I remember the lunches from Saravana Bhavan. Our concerts at IIT are memorable, too.
    —Ehsaan Noorani

    —Surya Praphulla Kumar

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