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Anoop Shankar

Anoop Shankar
Anoop Shankar was in the Garden City for a live performance......
How old were you when you started getting involved in music?

My parents introduced me to music at a very young age. My mom is a very good singer and dad a great music lover. I took music seriously when I won the 2003 show in Sun TV and after that I started to sing for a lot of commercials.

When did you decide to take up music as your career?

After my post graduation, I got offers to sing for various commercials like Pothy’s and Chennai silks, it was major break for me. I can say Chennai encouraged my musical ambition.  Then slowly, I shifted to Malayalam playback singing.  Personally, I believe that an artist should be blessed with a very good character along with talent both on stage and off stage.

Whom do you consider as your mentor?

I sang most of my songs for Ouseppachan and I consider him as my mentor.  I have also sung for Yuvan Shankar Raja in Tamil, M Jayachandran, Mohan Sithara, and V B Balan.  But Rajesh’s “Kurutham Kettavan” became very popular and gave me a different identity altogether.

Who is your favorite singer?

If you are asking for singer then it is definitely SPB sir.  He has been in the industry for almost 30 years now.  I love Ilayaraja’s compositions too.  In 

Hindi, it is Kishore Kumar; In Malayalam, Yesudas and my list goes on….

What are your new projects, music albums?

Half a dozen movies are happening right now and the second part of “Kurutham Kettavan” is under composition. “Kurutham Kettavan” has taken my singing career to a different direction.   I am also presenting a classical song for the Kerala Samajam in Bangalore and am really thankful for the support and love they have showered on me all these years.  A lot of new things are happening in the industry, new talents, new concepts, new bands and I want to be a part of it. We are planning to put a new multilingual band and are preparing twenty solid tracks.  Composing is in progress and will be able to launch it by this year.

Do you compose songs?  Do you play any musical instruments?

No I don’t compose, but I write songs in which I try to include a message.  But in case of normal romantic songs, we do not need to apply much intellect. Now I am learning piano, I think it will help me as a singer.

Is there someone whom you want to work with in future?

Definitely Ilayaraja Sir and AR Rahman Sir and I am really working hard for that to happen.

What is your view on the new trends happening in the music industry?

Lot of new trends are happening in the industry and we have to move accordingly.  Nowadays fusion style mainly attracts the audience, and every one is going for instant success.  Classical is an exception, in which as the time go you will be appreciated and nobody wants that.  Everyone wants instant recognition of their work.

Is this your first cultural program organized in Bangalore?

No, it is my 35th show in Bangalore 

Tell us something about your experience in the movie Vadhyar?  Any further acting plans?

I sang a song for that movie and the situation needed me to act in two scenes. It was a good learning experience and I realized that acting is a tough job and it needs lot of commitment and dedication. Now I am concentrating only on singing and acting has been kept aside.  If I get a good opportunity under a big banner, then surely will give it a try….