There’s something about a voice that’s personal, not unlike the particular odour or shape of a given human body. Summoned through belly, hammered into form by the throat, given thrust by bellows of lungs, teased into final form by tongue and lips, a vocal is a kind of audible kiss, a blurted acknowledgement, a soul-burp you really can’t keep from issuing as you make your way through the material world. How helplessly candid! How appalling!
Contrary to anything you’ve heard, the ability to actually carry a tune is in no regard a disability in becoming a playback singer, only a mild disadvantage. For me, Unni Krishnan and SPB, just to mention two, are superb singers by any measure I could ever care about — expressivity, surprise, soul, grain, interpretive wit, angle of vision. But then, another folk Shashank Sheshagiri made me add his name to my two-person list because of his straight, strong no-manipulation vocal. The beauty of the Shashank s voice touches us in a place that’s as personal as the place from which that voice has been issued. His voice made me feel like as if he had fooled me into loving him, diddled my hard-wiring, located a vulnerability I thought I’d long ago armoured over. Falling in love with a singer is like being a teenager every time it happens.
I think my life’s rollercoasters inspire me the most. I find music to be very cathartic. I work things out by pulling out the emotions and issues that intrigue me most, laying them flat and sewing them with the musical notes. I come out with the very personal yet fascinating tapestries you hear on my albums.
Shashank, a Mysurean with no traditional music lessons, is making waves in the south Indian film industry. “I am the son of a classical singer mom and a bathroom singer dad and maybe that’s why I didn’t want any traditional classes,” says Shashank.
“My guru and godfather is V Nagendra Prasad. He made me record 3 songs straight for the first time and let me tell you that they were not tracks,” said the winner of the reality show Haadina Bandi which was telecasted on Kasturi channel.
This Kuvempu Nagar resident has sung more than 300 plus songs out of which 152 songs are released. Included in the same list are songs from for 7 Tulu movies, 4 Tamil movies, 1 Telugu movie and many many Kannada movies.
“I feel so blessed to have got a chance to work with Devi Shree Prasad, HariKrishna and many other amazing music composers, said the Mirchi Music Award winner.
If you think only singing is his cup of tea, then you are wrong, he also is an actor. Shashank is playing one of the lead roles in an upcoming movie.
The recent peppy number he gave is the title song of the thriller “Aatagara” directed by K M Chaitanya.
Other than playback singing, he also sings live at music festivals and corporate shows with his band “SwarAalap”. The count of his shows stands at 500 as on today and is bound to bulge in the years to come.
List of songs sung by Shashank
|Anna Onbe||One Way|
|Kannada Savi Kannada||Jai Lalitha|
|Maayadantha Maya Lokano||Cinema My Darling|