Shaan (singer)

Shantanu Mukherjee (born 30 September 1972), popularly known as Shaan, is an Indian playback singer, composer, live perfomer ,actor and television personality. He has recorded songs for films and albums in various Indian languages and has established himself as one of the highest-paid and best-established playback singers of Indian cinema.

Shaan
Shaan at Music Mania 2013.jpg
Shaan at Music Mania in 2013
Born
Shantanu Mukherjee

(1972-09-30) 30 September 1972 (age 50)[1]
Occupation
Years active1995–present
Spouse
Radhika Mukherjee
(m. 2000)
Children2
Parents
RelativesSagarika (sister)
AwardsSee below
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Labels

Shaan hosted the shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, Star Voice of India and STAR Voice of India 2. In Music Ka Maha Muqabla, his team, Shaan's Strikers, finished as the runners up to Shankar Mahadevan's team. He appeared as a judge in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014–2015 and The Voice India Kids 2016. In 2015 and 2016, Shaan was the winning coach in each of the first two seasons of The Voice. In 2016, in The Voice India Kids, he was the coach of the runner-up contestant. His sister Sagarika is also a singer.

Early lifeEdit

 
Shaan with wife Radhika

Shaan was born on 30 September 1972 in Bombay in a Bengali family.[1][2][3] His grandfather was Jahar Mukherjee, a well known lyricist, his father late Manas Mukherjee, was a music director and his sister Sagarika is a singer as well.[4] He grew up in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Early years and music albumsEdit

Shaan began his career singing jingles for advertisements. After giving it up for a brief period, he returned and, along with jingles, began to sing remixes and cover versions.[5]

Shaan and his sister signed up with Magnasound recording company and recorded a few successful albums, including the hit album Naujawan followed by Q-Funk.[6][7]

He entered the pop scene with sister Sagarika, singing Biddu's melodies and doing re-mixes. Then came Roop Tera Mastana, a remix album of R.D. Burman's songs, that brought them further into the limelight. Later, Shaan launched Love-Ology after this.

In 1999, He wrote the lyrics of the ballad "Bhool Ja" on his album Tanha Dil, which appeared in the charts within days of its release and was popular on radio. In 2000, he sang a superhit song "Tanha Dil Tanha Safar". This song is also used in his sister's album Mere Liye in 2001.[8][9]

In 2002, he won the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India for best solo album for his album Tanha Dil. One year later, Shaan launched his album Aksar, which was successful and contained songs featuring international stars such as Blue, Melanie C and Samira Said. For both the albums Tanha Dil and Aksar, Shaan sang, composed and wrote the lyrics of all the songs, except the title track "Tanha Dil", which was composed by Ram Sampath.

He released Tomar Aakash in 2004, a Bengali album, along with his sister and featuring his father's unreleased songs.[10] He also plans to release an album remaking his father's compositions with his sister in Hindi. He recently sang one of his father's compositions on sets of STAR Plus's Music Ka Maha Muqqabla.

In 2006, he released a song with MLTR, "Take me to your heart". The song appears on his album Tishnagi, which is produced by Ranjit Barot and engineered by Ashish Manchanda. The song "Shuruaat" on his album Tishnagi was made into a music video to promote the film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.[11]

Apart from studio albums, he also sang several other albums songs such as Channel Hits, Bollywood Sensation 2, Club Class, A Reason To Smile, The Ultimate Party Album, Maa[12] (his sister's album), Mon, Akou Mon, Mere Liye [13][14] (his sister's album), Bodo Asha Kore, Hoyoth Prem, Khoji Tare, Notes from a peculiar time in Space etc.

Playback singingEdit

Apart from singing on his own albums, Shaan has provided the voice for many of Bollywood's leading actors. He made his debut as a playback singer where he sang a single line song "Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari" along with his younger sister in the film Parinda when he was only seventeen.[15] The film was successful and established himself as one of the leading playback singers in Bollywood.[16][better source needed]

Shaan sang, composed the music and wrote the lyrics of his songs on his albums Loveology, Tanha Dil, Aksar and Tishnagi, and has also composed music for many TV serials, winning the "Best TV music director award".[citation needed] Shaan also gives advice on music and lyrics to the music directors for whom he sings.[citation needed]

He has recently recorded a playback for an upcoming Bengali feature film Network which is composed by Dabbu.[17]

Musical show hostingEdit

Shaan hosted the television show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee TV between the years 2000–2006, which won the Music Programme of the Year award at the Indian Telly Awards in 2003. At the same awards, Shaan won Best TV Music Director, for creating the music of the Zee TV show, Lipstick, for his friend Goldie Behl. He also appeared as the guest in the first episode of the new show Antakshari: The Great Challenge which aired on 9 February 2007 on Star One.

Shaan is now the host of a music show called Star Voice of India (SVOI) which airs on Star Plus. He was offered the role of host for Star Voice of India Chote Ustaad, but opted out to spend time with his family. However, he returned to host the next season of Star Voice of India.

In June 2015, Shaan was introduced as a coach in the first season of the singing-based reality TV show The Voice, appearing with a swollen face caused by an exercising accident.[18] He was the coach of Pawandeep Rajan, the eventual winner. In 2016, in season 2, he again was the winning coach, of contestant Farhan Sabir. In 2016, in The Voice India Kids, he was the coach of the runner-up contestant.

International acclaim and other projectsEdit

Shaan is one of the few Indian singers who have collaborated with international singers.[citation needed] After working with blue for the song "One Love" and singing the theme song ("Shuruaat") for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shaan collaborated with Michael Learns to Rock for his album Tishnagi. Shaan also composed six of the album's nine tracks and penned most of the songs, excluding the number Take Me To Your Heart with Michael Learns to Rock. The video of this number has been popular too.[19]

Shaan has sung the title songs for many TV shows, including the title song for the comedy show Khichdi, which airs on Star Plus. He also sang the title song for Shakuntala, which airs on Star One.

Along with singing, Shaan has acted in the movie Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence, also starring Raveena Tandon. His songs have appeared in the movies, Zameen and Hungama.

Shaan often performs for Pro Shows which are conducted as a part of the cultural festivals of various colleges.[citation needed] Among the prominent festivals where he has performed live recently are Moksha at NSIT (New Delhi), PULSE at AIIMS (New Delhi), Recstacy at NIT Durgapur, Spring Fest at IIT Kharagpur, REBECA at IIEST Shibpur, Mood Indigo at IIT Bombay, Ragam at NIT Calicut, Anakronos at Techno India, Alcheringa at IIT Guwahati, Riviera (festival) at VIT University and Crossroads at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) (New Delhi). Recently he has performed live in Fun@Work Oracle Event at Bangalore. Previously he had performed in an IBM event "Imprint 2008, Hyderabad" for IBM GBS exclusively.[citation needed]

 
Shaan performing at an IBM event IMPRINT 2008

He said in an interview that music directors are avoiding established singers to bring some novelty into the playback singing, while compromising on the quality. Auto tuning software ensures that even a rough voice can sound good during the final recording and release of the song.[20]

Shaan has been a judge on many talent shows.[21] Shaan is a team captain, judge and mentor on STAR Plus's Music Ka Maha Muqqabla for the team Shaan's Strikers. His team won the Runner-up prize, amounting to Rs. 2.5 million (Rs. 2.5 million) in this game show on 20 March 2010, losing to Shanker Mahadevan and his team, with 43.1 points to 46.3 points.[22]

Shaan performed live alongside Atif Aslam, Malaika Arora Khan and Bipasha Basu for the first time in a series of concerts in Birmingham and London[23] in the summer of 2012.

Shaan has also been one of the 4 finalists of the dance show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 2013.

DiscographyEdit

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Film Role Language
2000 Tarkieb Special appearance in the song "Dil Mera Tarse" Hindi
2001 Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence Kaushik Nath Hindi
2001 Asoka Special appearance in the song "O Re Kaanchi" Hindi
2003 Hungama Special appearance in the song "Chain Aapko Mila" Hindi
2003 Zameen As himself Hindi
2006 The Bong Connection Special appearance in the song "Majhi Re" Bengali
2007 Loins of Punjab Presents As himself English
2008 Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors As Himself Hindi
2014 Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya[24] Balwinder Singh Hindi
2014 Teen Patti As himself Bengali
2017 Secret Superstar Cameo Hindi
2018 Helicopter Eela Cameo Hindi

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Language Role
2002-2005 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa[25] Hindi Host
2005-2006 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005[25] Hindi Host
2006 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hindi Host
2006 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs Hindi Host
2007 Amul STAR Voice of India Hindi Host
2008 STAR Voice of India 2 Hindi Host
2009 1st Mirchi Music Awards[citation needed] Hindi Host
2009–2010 Music Ka Maha Muqqabla Hindi Superstar captain of Shaan's Strikers
2010 Ishaan: Sapno Ko Awaaz De Hindi Himself[26]
2011 3rd Mirchi Music Awards[citation needed] Hindi Host
25 March 2012 4th Mirchi Music Awards Hindi Host
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa – Season 6 Hindi Contestant[27]
2014–2015 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014–2015 Hindi Judge
2015–2017 The Voice India Hindi Coach/Judge
2016 The Voice India Kids Hindi Coach
2017 The Voice India Kids Hindi Judge/Coach
2019 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2019 Hindi Judge
2020 Super Singer[28] Bengali Judge
2021 Indian Pro Music League Hindi Captain of Bengal Tigers
2022 Swayamvar – Mika Di Vohti Hindi Host

AdvisorEdit

Currently, he is a member of the Board of Advisors of India's International Movement to Unite Nations (I.I.M.U.N.).[29]

AwardsEdit

Shaan's song "Chand Sifarish" (from the movie Fanaa) and "Jab Se Tere Naina" (from Saawariya) won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award and the Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer - Male, in addition to receiving several other nominations. In 2002, he won the MTV Asia Music Award for best solo album for his album Tanha Dil.[30] Following are the list of awards and nominations in different categories.

Year Category Song Result
MTV Asia Music Awards
2002 Best Solo Album "Tanha Dil" Won[30]
Zee Cine Award
2004 Best Playback Singer – Male "Suno Na" from Jhankaar Beats Won
2007 Best Playback Singer – Male "Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa Won
2008 Best Playback Singer – Male "Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya Won
Bollywood Movie Awards
2007 Best Male Playback "Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa Won
Star Screen Awards
2007 Best Male Playback "Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa Won
Filmfare
2002 Best Playback Singer – Male "Koi Kahein Kehta Raahein" from Dil Chahta Hai Nominated
2003 Best Male Playback Award "Nikamma" from Kya Dil Ne Kahan Nominated
2006 Best Male Playback Award "Dus Bahane" from Dus Nominated
2007 Best Male Playback Award "Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa Won
2008 Best Male Playback Award "Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya Won
Filmfare – South
2014 Kannada cinema: Best Playback Singer – Male "Kannalle Kannittu" from Shravani Subramanya Nominated
IIFA
2007 Best Male Playback Award "Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa Won
2008 Best Male Playback Award "Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya Won
2010 Best Male Playback Award "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" from 3 Idiots Won
GIMA
2010 Best Male Playback Singer Award "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" from 3 Idiots Won
Annual Central European Bollywood Awards
2008 Best Song Award "Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om" from Om Shanti Om Won
Indian Television Academy Awards
2018 Best Title Music Song Award "Tu Kahe Toh" from Haasil Won
Producers Guild Film Awards
2006 Best Male Playback Singer Award "Main Aisa Kyon Hoon" from Lakshya Nominated
2008 Best Male Playback Singer Award "Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya Won
2015 Best Male Playback Singer Award "Chaar Kadam" from PK Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sen, Torsha (21 November 2013). "Jeetey hai Shaan Se!". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b @singer_shaan (8 September 2016). "I have never been to Khandwa... Born and brought up in Mumbai. But My Inspiration was born in Khandwa:)" (Tweet). Retrieved 3 May 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Vijayakar, Rajiv (29 May 2012). "Death of the Bollywood Playback Singer". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Friday Review Thiruvananthapuram / Interview : Attuned to the lines of destiny". The Hindu. 23 March 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. ^ Ria Sharma (21 June 2021), "Shaan opens up on remixes, says 'songs with good melody, lyrics should be recreated'", The Free Press Journal, retrieved 9 October 2021
  6. ^ "Shaan and Sagarika make their debut in Hindi pop with 'Naujawan'", India Today, 15 May 1996, retrieved 9 October 2021
  7. ^ "Shaan se, Sagarika", The New Indian Express, 3 March 2009, retrieved 9 October 2021
  8. ^ "Mere Liye (2001) - Hindi Album, Tracklist, Full Album Details and more". ZG Discography. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Mere Liye (2001) - Hindi Album, Tracklist, Full Album Details and more (Archived)". ZG Discography. Archived from the original on 11 October 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Music is in our blood – Sagarika". OneIndia.com. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2015 – via Bollywood Hungama.
  11. ^ Wild, Stephi. "SHAAN Aka Shantanu Mukherjee The "Golden Voice Of India" And Bollywood's Most Popular, Versatile Vocalist Comes to NJPAC". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Maa (1998) - Hindi Album, Tracklist, Full Album Details and more". Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Mere Liye (2001) - Hindi Album, Tracklist, Full Album Details and more". ZG Discography. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Mere Liye (2001) - Hindi Album, Tracklist, Full Album Details and more (Archived)". ZG Discography. Archived from the original on 11 October 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Real talent and hard work is always appreciated and valued", Times of India, 14 July 2020, retrieved 23 October 2021
  16. ^ "Shaan is Teenyboppers' Delight – Bollywood Articles". Ww.smashits.com. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  17. ^ Bangaliana, Sholoana. "Upcoming Bengali Film Network Announced | Sholoanabangaliana Portal".
  18. ^ "The Voice India premiere: Sunidhi's Rs. 3 lakh dress and Shaan's swollen face". The Times of India. IANS. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  19. ^ "After Blue its Rock for Shaan". Glamsham.com. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2015 – via Bollywood Trade News Network.
  20. ^ Vijayakar, Rajiv (17 April 2009). "Any art form should reflect beauty!". Screen. Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  21. ^ Srivastava, Priyanka (22 May 2007). "'I love winning awards'". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  22. ^ Nagpal, Anju (20 March 2010). "Amul Music Ka Maha Muqqabla winner is Shankar's rockstar". news-live.net. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  23. ^ "Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Malaika Arora Khan to perform UK gigs". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  24. ^ "Balwinder Singh... Famous Ho Gaya". Bollywood Hungama. January 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  25. ^ a b "Shaandar singer speaks his heart out". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Disney channel brings singing sensation shaan on popular tween show ishaan". Indian Television Dot Com. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  27. ^ "I've pushed myself more in dance than music: Shaan". Hindustan Times. 24 May 2013.
  28. ^ "Super Singer welcomes new judges Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Shaan and Kaushiki Chakraborty - Times of India". The Times of India. 15 July 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  29. ^ "I.I.M.U.N. || Board of Advisors". new.iimun.in. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  30. ^ a b "I'm content with my achievements: Shaan". Hindustan Times. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2020.

External linksEdit