Greek composer, pianist and keyboardist, Yiannis Hrysomallis, popularly known as Yanni, is planning a tour of Asia. And India is one of the countries on the agenda.
Actor Mallika Sherawat who is back in India to shoot for Indra Kumar’s Double Dhamaal, confirmed the news: "Yes, Yanni will be coming to India soon and I will be accompanying him on the tour." Buzz is that she will perform too. At the Los Angeles concert last year, Yanni Voices, the composer had dedicated a song, Changes… to Sherawat. The actor had run into him and Oscar and Grammy winner Ric Wake at an upscale LA restaurant, The Ivy. The friendship resulted in Yanni picking up the microphone and telling his 7,000-odd fans present, "This song is for Mallika Sherawat. One of a kind."
An emotional Sherawat responded to the honour saying, "It was the first time he has dedicated a song to someone other than his mother."
In March 1997, Yanni was one of the few Western artistes permitted to perform and record at the Taj Mahal. Images of Yanni’s concert in India played in the giant screen at the LA concert. Yanni created his ’97 live album and video, Tribute, from visuals from that concert and the one he performed at China’s Forbidden City later the same year.
The composer has more than 35 platinum and gold albums globally, with sales totalling over 20 million. Not only has his compositions been included in all Olympic Games TV broadcasts since ’88, he is also considered to be one of the top fundraisers for public television.
“Yanni is a global icon and one of those creating change in the world. So it’s great when he accepts me and acknowledges my work,” says Sherawat. “I am evolving and constantly changing, both as an actor and a person.” More recently the City Of Los Angeles bestowed a career recognition, honourary citizenship and official Resolution upon the actor.
It was a first, not just for Bollywood, but for Hollywood too. An ecstatic Sherawat says, “It was an humbling experience on the eve of Independence Day. I felt so proud to be an Indian!”