Shayan (musician)

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Background information
Born Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation(s) Entrepreneur, Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Piano

Shayan (pronounced 'shy-yan'), is an Indian-born pianist, songwriter and entrepreneur.[1] He gained publicity by selling portions of his future earnings on eBay[2] and with his song "Reflection".

Shayan started Biryani360 in Mumbai on 1 March 2015 and sold it in March 2016.[3].

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised a Zoroastrian[4] in Secunderabad, India, Shayan moved to London after the deaths of both his parents.[5] He has earned two degrees, a bachelor's degree in audio engineering from the Alchemea College of Audio Engineering and a master's degree in Business Management from the University of Westminster.[5]

Music career[edit]

Shayan began writing songs after his mother died.[5] He was the first unsigned act to have a song played on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs and performed at the Royal Albert Hall.[6] To support the production of his album "Feel", he auctioned off a portion of his future earnings on eBay, raising US$18,000 in seven days, but later raised a sum total of US$1 million by conventional means. He has also been interviewed by Sir David Frost on his show Frost Over The World[6] His song "Reflection" reached number one on YouTube's music video chart.[7] The song had previously won the All India Song Contest.[8]


Shayan started Biryani360 in Mumbai.[9] The idea came to him when he was sitting in his bedroom and fooling around with animation software and created a video of two fictitious characters that declared their unity for one another over their love for Biryani. This sparked interested amongst both family and peers and eventually led him to consider setting it up as a business.[10] The flagship kitchen was setup in Bandra, a popular district of Mumbai, and started on 1 March 2015 and sold in March 2016.


  1. ^ "Wannabe star uses eBay to launch pop career". Agence France-Presse. The Sunday Times. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  2. ^ Ayushi Uberoi (4 May 2008). "Meet Shayan". The Viewspaper. 
  3. ^ Adityan Wilruka (24 Aug 2016). "Biryani360 leads food startups explosion in India, a market said to be valued at $70bn by 2020". Forbes. 
  4. ^ "Indian-born singer/songwriter to take UK charts by storm" (Press release). Great Reporter. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  5. ^ a b c Abhijit Dev Kumar (12 October 2007). "This Hyderabadi rocks in U.K." The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  6. ^ a b Smith, David (26 August 2007). "Debut album for singer who sold himself online". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  7. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (13 March 2008). "YouTube No 1 is a long way from success on the music charts". The Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  8. ^ Momin, Sajeda (9 February 2008). "In the mood for a melody". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  9. ^ Purva Mehra (15 March 2015). "FOOD REVIEW: BIRYANI 360". ‘’The Daily Pao’’. 
  10. ^ "Basmati Baritone: Biryani360 Delivery Service". ‘’Brown Paper Bag’’. 5 March 2015. 

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