Jeetey hai Shaan Se!
Shaan gets chatty about his views on the dying genre of Indi-pop music, the need to censor lyrics of songs, and why he’s not heard in playback these days.music Updated: Nov 21, 2013 19:23 IST
As a pop singer, playback singer, reality television series host, composer, lyricist, and more recently a dancer, Shaan has been winning hearts all these years. Ask him about donning so many hats, and he says, “It feels wonderful when I look back at my journey.” Shaan, who started singing at a very young age, was touted as a pop singing sensation along with his sister Sagarika in 90s with hits albums like, Naujawan, Q- Funk, Loveology, and individual albums Tanha Dil and Aksar.
Ask him why the Indi-pop genre is facing a lull in India, he explains, “Times have changed and people have started going to YouTube for songs. Earlier, we used to spend money to make music, and music videos. Now, since every thing is available for free downloading, therefore people hardly buy CDs,” says the 41-year-old singer who will be performing in Delhi, at the Electronic Music Festival, Bollyboom, on November 24.
Ask him if as an artist, he supports the authorities objecting to the lyrics of some recent Bollywood songs, he says, “I strongly feel there should be some kind of a screening for lyrics. Stooping down to such a level is not in our culture. Look at our ghazals or film songs from 70s and 80s, they have wonderful lyrics and are evergreen hits,” says Shaan. Tell him that he’s not heard in too many playback numbers these days, and he says, “Whatever offer I get for playback, whether it is for a big banner or small, I don’t hesitate to sing for those films. I don’t reject any films that I get.”
Born as Shantanu Mukherjee on 30 September 1972, he is a playback singer and is considered as the one of the most popular voices who can sing songs of different genres like pop, sad songs, patriotic, jazz, ghazals, hip-hop, rock, and many more. Shaan started his career at the age of 17 years as an ad-jingle singer. He has won over 17 awards in the course of his career, which include, an award for the best host of a show as well.