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Shaan

Shaan

Shaan (born Shantanu Mukherjee, pronounced: Shantonu Mukharji, on 30 September 1972), is an Indian playback singer more active in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, and Kannada films and a television host. He 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 has also sung many Pakistani songs. He is considered as the one of the most popular voices for romantic as well as melodious songs and is one of the most versatile singers. He has sung songs of different genres like pop, sad songs, patriotic, jazz, ghazals, hip-hop, rock, and many more. He has sung songs in Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali, English, Hindi, Oriya, Malayalam, Marathi. He also started his career at a very young age of 17 years in year 1989 without any professional background. He has been showered by titles like 'Golden Voice of India',' Voice of Paradise', 'Magician of Melody', 'Voice of Youth'.Personal lifeShan was born into a Bengali Hindu Kulin Brahmin family on 30 September 1972 in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. His grandfather was the lyricist Jahar Mukherjee, his father was the late music director Manas Mukherjee, and his sister is the singer Sagarika. His father died when Shaan was 13, after which his mother found work as a singer and took care of the whole family. He is married to Radhika and has two sons, Soham and Shubh.Early years and music albumsAs a child, 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. In the 1989 movie Parinda, aged only 17, Shaan sang a single line in the song, "Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari Dosti Hamari". Shaan and his sister's career began when they signed up with Magnasound recording company and recorded a few successful albums, including the hit album Naujawan followed by Q – Funk, which sold a million copies. 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. Shaan launched Loveology after this, which was well received. He wrote the lyrics of the ballad "Bhool Ja" on his second album Tanha Dil, which appeared in the charts within days of its release and was popular on radio.In 2000 he won the MTV Asia Music Award for best solo album for his album Tanha Dil. Three years later Shaan launched his album Aksar which was successful and contained songs featuring international stars such as Blue, Mel 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. 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 "Shuruat" 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.Playback singing, music composition and lyric writingApart from singing on his own albums, Shaan has provided the voice for many of Bollywood's leading men including Arjun Rampal, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Shahid Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, Dino Morea, Jackie Shroff, Abhishek Bachchan, Fardeen Khan, Anil Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Ranbir Kapoor and R. Madhavan. He has established himself as one of the leading playback singers in Bollywood today.Shaan sang, composed the music and wrote the lyrics of his songs on his hit albums Tanha Dil and Aksar, and has also composed music for many TV serials, winning the "Best TV music director award". Shaan also gives advice on music and lyrics to the music directors for whom he sings.Shaan has sung playback vocals for several hit Bollywood films, including Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai, Jhankaar Beats, Lakshya,Kaante, Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho, Hum Tum, Dhoom, Dus, Salaam Namaste, Fight Club - Members Only,Koi Mil Gaya,Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, Don - The Chase Begins Again, Fanaa, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Masti (2004 film), Om Shanti Om, Partner, Welcome, Saawariya, Jab We Met, 3 Idiots, Taare Zameen Par and many more.Shaan has provided the vocals for many hit Kannada, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil film songs. Popular songs by Shaan include hits like "Musu Musu" (influenced by a hit Nepali song); "Wo Pehli Baar" from Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi; "Tune Mujhe Pehchaana Nahin" from Raju Chacha; "Apni Yaadon Ko" from Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat; "Nikamma Kiya Is Dil Ne" from Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa; "O Re Kanchi" from Asoka; "Yeh Hawein" from Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai; "Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" and "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" from Dil Chahta Hai; "Subha Ho Gayi Mamu" from Munna Bhai M.B.B.S; "Suno Na" and "Tera Muskurana" from Jhankaar Beats; "It's The Time To Disco" and "Kuch To Hua Hai" from Kal Ho Na Ho; "En Panchhiyon" from Koi Mil Gaya; "Dus Bahane" from Dus; "Shikdum" from Dhoom; "Main Aisa Kyun Hoon" from Lakshya; "Ladki Kyun" from Hum Tum; "My Dil Goes Mmmm" from Salaam Namaste; "Where's The Party Tonight" and "Rock And Roll Soniye" from Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna; "Chori Chori Chhora Chhori" from Masti (2004 film); "Main Hoon Don" from Don - The Chase Begins Again; "Hey Shona" from Ta Ra Rum Pum; "Do U Wanna Partner" and "You're My Love" from Partner; "Insha Allah" and "Welcome" from Welcome; "Bum Bum Bole" from Taare Zameen Par; "Aao milo chalo" from Jab We Met, "Kuch Kam" from Dostana; "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" from 3 Idiots; the popular songs "Chand Sifarish" from the movie Fanaa; "Dastaan-e-Om Shanti Om" from the movie Om Shanti Om; "Jab se tere naina" from the movie Saawariya.He has sung a few Nepali songs in Nepali films and albums, among which the song Adha Jindagi has become popular.He has many hit songs in Kannada films. He has lent his voice for Kannada Super Star's Puneet Rajkumar, Darshan, Shivrajkumar, Ganesh, Duniya Vijay and others. A few songs to mention are, 'Eno Onthara' from 'Hudugata'; 'Thara Thara Thara Thara Onthara' from 'Bindaas'; 'Amma Amma I Love You' from 'Maurya'; 'Shuruvaagide' from Maleyali Jotheyali; 'Kudinotave Manamohaka' from 'Parichaya'; 'Jotheyalli Nee Baaro' from 'Jothegara'; 'O Jeevave' from 'Shyloo'; Title track from the film 'Honganasu'; 'Savi Savi' from 'Chanda'; 'Nannaane Naa' from 'Thamassu'; 'Anthu Inthu' from 'Munjaane'; 'Kalli Neenu' from 'Dandam Dashagunam'; 'Warrenta' from 'Challidaru Sampigeya'; 'Miruguthide' from 'Parie'; 'Olave Neenillade' from 'Kalaakaar'; 'Bahumaanavade' from 'Ninagagey Kaadiruve'; 'Khushiyalli' from 'Prince'; 'Yeh Jambhada' from 'Love'; 'Ellindalo Ondu' from 'Prema Chandrama'; 'Yamma Yamma' from 'Rowdy Aliya'; Title track from 'Dhan Dhan Dhana'; 'Gaaliyalli Kavanava' from 'Baaji'; 'Hottotho Munchene' from 'Preethi Nee Shashvathana'; 'Hudugi Hudugi' from 'Meshtru'; 'Naa Haadoke' from 'Bisile'; 'Nee Thandiruve' from 'Karthik'; 'Neeli Neeli' from 'Machcha'; 'Neenu Ninthare' from 'Kool'; 'Ninna Nenedare' from 'Sihigaali'; Title track from the film 'Ale' and many more.Shaan is a versatile singer and has sung in different genres, belting out a blockbuster like "Nikamma" and, on the other hand, singing the soulful rag-darbari based "Paigham laya saawan". "Tanha dil" was a pop superhit, while "One Love" belongs to hip-hop genre, and "Bhool Ja" is a rock Ballad. He has started learning music from the legendary Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and, according to Shaan, this has enriched his voice.He has also recorded the theme song for the IPL team Deccan Chargers known as "Go Chargers Go" with composer Shamir Tandon and lyricist Virag Mishra. This song belongs to the Pop Rock genre.Musical show hostingShaan 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. In 2007, he left and was replaced by 21-year-old Aditya Narayan. 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.International acclaim and other projectsShaan is one of the few Indian singers who have collaborated with international singers. After working with blue for the song (One Love) and singing the theme song (Shuruat) 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.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 has sung on the Konkani album Tujhe Vinem.Shaan often performs for Pro Shows which are conducted as a part of the cultural festivals of various colleges. Among the prominent cult festivals where he has performed live recently are PULSE at AIIMS, New Delhi, Recstacy of NIT Durgapur, Spring Fest of IIT Kharagpur, REBECA of BESU (Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur) Mood Indigo of IIT Bombay, Ragam of NIT Calicut,Anakronos of Techno India, Alcheringa of IIT Guwahati , Riviera'10 of VIT University and most recently Crossroads of Sri 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.He said in an interview that music directors are avoiding established singers to bring some novelty in 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.Shaan has been a judge on many talent shows. 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.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 in the summer of 2012.Shaan has also been one of the 4 finalist of the dance show Jhalak Dikhlaja 2013

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