Hamsika Iyer

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Hamsika Iyer
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Background information
Born in Pune, India
Origin Bombay, India
Genres playback singing, Jingles, Carnatic music, Hindustani music, World music
Occupations Singer
Years active 1996–present
Website Website

Hamsika Iyer is an Indian singer based in Mumbai—born in Pune and brought up in Mumbai. She studied at the SIES college of Arts and Science in Sion. She is a regular voice with ad world jingles, Marathi tele-serials, and has sung songs in Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Bengali movies.

Biography[edit]

Hamsika received her initial training in music from her father, a Carnatic musician and musicologist based in Mumbai. In 1995, Iyer participated in two Zee TV music shows, Close Up Antakshari and Sa Re Ga Ma. She was a finalist on Sa Re Ga Ma and was also invited to participate its 100th episode.[citation needed]

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya in 2007 was her big break and her song Chanda Re – popularly known as The Moon Song – went on to become a hit that year.[citation needed]

Hamsika is the brand ambassador for international NGO – GOAN Shave, a children cancer charity.

International Collaborations and Tours[edit]

  • Hamsika is the Indian vocalist for Prem Joshua's 2014 album "Kashi"
  • Hamsika is a performer for the international band Juno Reactor since 2012.
  • Hamsika is member of 'Indiva' – an all women band in Mumbai – with music composer (keyboard player) Merlin_D'Souza, vocalist Vivienne Pocha and violinist Shruti Bhave
  • August 2012, Hamsika performed with musician Aamir John Hadad 's band Zoobazar in Valencia- España
  • November 2011, Hamsika was featured along with Vivek Rajagopalan Quartet at UrbanFOLK Bangalore.
  • September 2011, Hamsika sang Chammak Challo with Akon for Shahrukh Khan's Ra.One.
  • Hamsika has also sung for the Bombay Dub Orchestra in their album 3 Cities in 2008, and with American saxophonist George Brooks in the album Spirit and Spice in 2010.

Discography[edit]

She has also sung songs with the band – 3 Brothers & a Violin for Karadi Tales audio book series for kids.

Concerts[edit]

Juno Reactor, Tours of 2012
Venue: Asia Tour (Japan), Middle East Tour (Jerusalem), Kubana Festival Russia
Read more at website of Juno Reactor, with pictures of the Japan Tour

Vivek Rajagopalan Quartet – November 2011
Venue: UrbanFolk Bangalore

Concert with Ohad Rein, Old Man River (musician) – September 2010

  • This concert was held at Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai, and even the band Swarathma performed the same day.

Amrutacha Vasa – 25 June 2008
Venue: Yeshwant Natya Mandir, Matunga, Mumbai

Performers and mentors included – Pt. Satyasheel Deshpande, Shri Shankar Vaidya, Kaushal Inamdar, Kamlesh Bhadkamkar, Anagha Dhomse, Hamsika Iyer, Manish Kulkarni, Shrirang Bhave, Sanjeev Chimmalgi, Arun Mhatre, Sagar Sathe, Jaanvee Arora, Sachit Patil, Sumeet Raghavan, Amol Bavadekar, Adesh Bandekar, Omkar Dadarkar, Ajit Parab, Parikshit Bhatkhande, Tushar Deval

Rain Raga – 26 July 2008
Venue: Ishanya Mall Amphitheater, off Airport Road, Pune

  • A rare combination of nature and melody: The two-hour performance comprises about eight or nine compositions reflecting current global music trends though more broadly based on Indian music patterns.

Performers included – Louiz Banks – keyboards and track arrangements, George Brooks – saxophone, Rupak Kulkarni – flute, Gino Banks – percussion, Sheldon D'silva – bass guitar, Ravindra Chari – sitar, Vinayak Netke – tabla, Rafiq Bhai – sarangi, Sanjeev Chimmalgi – vocal, Hamsika Iyer – vocal, music composer – Kaushal Inamdar

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