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Shaan in 2012
|Birth name||Shantanu Mukherjee|
30 September 1972 |
Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India
|Occupation(s)||singer, television presenter, Music Composer, Actor, lyricist, Music Director.|
Shantanu Mukherjee (born 30 September 1972), known as Shaan, is an Indian playback singer more active in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Urdu, Telugu 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, Telugu and Marathi. He also started his career at a very young age of 17 years in year 1989. He has been showered with titles like "Golden Voice of India", "Voice of Paradise", "Magician of Melody", and "Voice of Youth". He is currently appearing as a judge in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014-2015.
Shaan was born on 30 September 1972. 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.
Early years and music albums
As 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 2008, 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 writing
Apart 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. He recently recorded a wonderful romantic song for upcoming Bollywood movie "Meeradha" under the banner of SPJ Entertainment.
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 to Kannada superstars 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; the 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; the 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; and the title track from the film Ale.
Musical show hosting
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. 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.
In June 2015, Shaan was introduced as a coach in the singing-based reality TV show The Voice India, appearing with a swollen face caused by an exercising accident.
International acclaim and other projects
Shaan 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.
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[disambiguation needed] 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 has also been one of the 4 finalist of the dance show Jhalak Dikhlaja 2013.
|2000||Tarkieb||Hindi||Esmayeel Shroff||Nana Patekar, Tabu, Shilpa Shetty||As himself in the song 'Dil Mera Tarse' (uncredited)|
|2001||Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence||Hindi||Kalpana Lajmi||Raveena Tandon, Sayaji Shinde, Sanjay Suri||Kaushik Nath|
|2003||Hungama||Hindi||Priyadarshan||Aftab Shivdasani, Akshaye Khanna, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen, Rajpal Yadav||As himself in the song 'Chain Aapko Mila'|
|2003||Zameen||Hindi||Rohit Shetty||Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu||As himself|
|2006||The Bong Connection||English||Anjan Dutt||Shayan Munshi, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Peeya Rai Chowdhary||As himself in the song 'Majhi Re'|
|2007||Loins of Punjab Presents||English||Manish Acharya||Shabana Azmi, Ayesha Dharker, Samrat Chakrabarti, Alexx ONell||As himself|
|2014||Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya||Hindi||Sunil Agnihotri||Mika Singh, Gabriela Bertante, Asrani||Balwinder Singh|
|July 2005 – February 2006||Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005||Hindi||Zee TV||Host|
|2006||Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs||Hindi||Zee TV||Host|
|18 May 2007 - 24 November 2007||Amul STAR Voice of India||Hindi||Star Plus||Host|
|18 July 2008 – 21 December 2008||STAR Voice of India 2||Hindi||Star Plus||Host|
|28 March 2009||1st Mirchi Music Awards||Hindi||??||Host|
|December 19, 2009 – March 20, 2010||Music Ka Maha Muqqabla||Hindi||Star Plus||Superstar captain of Shaan's Strikers|
|27 January 2011||3rd Mirchi Music Awards||Hindi||??||Host|
|25 March 2012||4th Mirchi Music Awards||Hindi||??||Host|
|2013||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa - Season 6||Hindi||Colors||Contestant|
|2014-2015||Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014-2015||Hindi||Zee TV||Judge|
|2015||The Voice India||Hindi||&TV||Coach/Judge|
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 2000 he won the MTV Asia Music Award for best solo album for his album Tanha Dil. Shaan won "Best TV Music Director Award" for creating the music of the Zee TV show Lipstick. Following are the list of awards and nominations in different categories.
|Star Parivaar Awards|
|2009||Favourite Host||"Star Voice of India"||Won|
|MTV Asia Music Awards|
|2000||Best Solo Album||"Tanha Dil"||Won|
|Zee Cine Award|
|2008||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya||Won|
|2007||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa||Won|
|2004||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Suno Na" from Jhankaar Beats||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|
|2008||Best Male Playback Award||"Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya||Won|
|2007||Best Male Playback Award||"Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa||Won|
|2005||Best Male Playback Award||"Dus Bahane" from Dus||Nominated|
|2002||Best Male Playback Award||"Nikamma" from Kya Dil Ne Kahan||Nominated|
|2001||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Koi Kahein Kehta Raahein" from Dil Chahta Hai||Nominated|
|2010||Best Male Playback Award||"Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" from 3 Idiots||Won|
|2008||Best Male Playback Award||"Jab Se Tere Naina" from Saawariya||Won|
|2007||Best Male Playback Award||"Chand Sifarish" from Fanaa||Won|
- In January 2003, and also in January 2007, he performed at Spring Fest in IIT Kharagpur.
- In 2004 Shaan took a tour around India for his album Aksar.
- In January 2004 Shaan performed at Saarang(Cul-Fest) in IIT Madras
- In 2005 Shaan performed at IIT Bombay's Annual Cultural Festival Mood Indigo
- In 2005 and 2009 Shaan performed in Durban/Johannesburg. Brought down by "Shasim Entertainment Enterprises" South Africa
- In February 2006, he performed at REBECA 2006, the Annual Cultural Fest and Alumni Re-Union Of BESU,Shibpur
- In June 2006, Shaan took a North American tour, singing for fans all over the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
- In September 2006, he performed at Infosys Technologies Ltd, Hyderabad.
- In November 2006 he took a tour with fellow singer Sunidhi Chauhan to the Netherlands, Singapore, Fiji, Suriname and Australia.
- In March 2007, he performed at Ragam 07 in NIT Calicut.
- In April 2007 he took a Middle East tour to Dubai and Oman with Music Director Jatin.
- In October 2007, he performed at annual day of Logica, Bangalore.
- In February 2008, he performed at Alcheringa in IIT Guwahati.
- In May 2008, he performed at an IBM Event IMPRINT 2008, Bangalore.
- 13 August 2008 : Performed at Microsoft IDC decennial party at HICC, Hyderabad
- In 2009, he went to Bangladesh for singing playback songs for the Bengali movie Rehmat Ali. He held a concert at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Center.
- In July 2009, Shaan performed at the North American Bengali Conference (NABC) in McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, USA.
- 16 August 2009, Shaan performed at the 'Proms 42: Indian Voices Day' at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington – London, United Kingdom.
- 31 January 2010, he performed at RIVIERA 2010 in VIT University, Vellore.
- 14 March 2010, he performed at the mega-night of 'PAACET FEST 2010' at Nishagandhi auditorium, Trivandrum
- 23 March 2010, he performed at the grand-night of 'RECSTACY 2010' – The annual cult fest of NIT Durgapur
- 24 July 2010, he performed at the Annual cultural program "Rock on 2" in Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU), Moradabad (U.P.).
- 10 October 2010, performance in Bangalore
- In 2010 Shaan performed at IIM Bangalore Annual Cultural Festival Unmaad.
- In November 2010, he Performed at Chhattisgarh Rajyotsava, Raipur.
- 11 December 2010, he Performed for Mumbai Capgemini Event 'JASHN 2010'.
- On 23 January 2011, he performed at Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai Annual Cultural Fest MANZAR 2011.
- On 29 May 2011, he performed at Garden State Exhibition Center in Somerset, NJ for Ananda Utsava 2011.
- On 9 July 2011, he performed at Center of Performing Arts, San Jose as his 14th show out of 15th shows for USA 2011 tour.
- On 6 August 2011, he performed at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.
- On 16 August 2011, he performed at GAIL Day, Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.
- In 2013 Shaan performed at Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) Abu Dhabi Chapter’s Annual International Seminar at Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi
- On 3 November 2012, he performed for an event by Oracle at Palace Grounds, Bangalore.
- On 9 December 2012, he rocked the stage in an event by EMC at KTPO, Whitefield, Bangalore
- On 7 April 2013, Shaan performed in Bollywood Showstoppers with Atif Aslam, Bipasha Basu, Malaika Arora Khan, Bolly Flex, Produced by Naz Choudhury and Flex FX Productions at The O2 Arena. 
- On 23 January 2014, Shaan performed at Durgapur Steel Plant of SAIL (Steel Authority of India Ltd.) on the occasion of SAIL Day.
- On 25 January 2014, Shaan performed at provident sunworth, Mysore road, Bangalore
- On 29 January 2014, Shaan performed at Bokaro Steel Plant of SAIL (Steel Authority of India, Ltd.) on the occasion of BSL's Golden Jubilee Day
- On 6 March 2014, Shaan performed at Shriram College Of Commerce's annual cultural festival CROSSROADS.
- For Engineers India Ltd's 50th anniversary celebration, in March 2014, Shaan performed a live concert at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, New Delhi
- 2015 at Taj Mahotsav, Agra
- 5 September 2015, Shaan performed at Parklands sports club, in Nairobi.
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