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A few weeks back, when the music of Mani Ratnam directed O Kadhal Kanmani was launched, it became a smash hit. Behind the splendid album by maestro AR Rahman, is a young emerging artist, whose roots trace back to Kashmir and Vancouver. With back to back hits, Shashaa Tirupati is one of India’s most promising music artists right now. It is indeed a pleasure that we got an opportunity to interview Shashaa. Let’s see what she has got to say:

“Vaada Vaada”, “Aye Mr.Minor” and now three big hits from OK Kanmani. How has your experience working with maestro AR Rahman sir been over the last 3 years?

It’s definitely been one with immense satisfaction and growth. He’s been a complete institute in terms of what I’ve learnt in the process of singing for him. Otherwise, it’s beyond a dream come true.

Can you tell us about the making and experience of “Parandhu Sella Vaa”?

Parandhu Sella Vaa was made on the spot wherein loops were created with small phrases that we were asked to sing. Additions kept happening and the final product was a beautiful mosaic of pop, percussion, classical and ballad forms. Everything was recorded live and with various parts of the body and mouth.

 How was your experience working for the movie O Kadhal Kanmani different from your previous projects?

O Kadhal Kanmani was definitely different, owing to what the variety of the songs that I was given had to offer. Singing three songs in the same film with genres ranging from Hindustani Classical to Pop to RnB and ballads is a once in a blue moon opportunity for a singer. I’m very thankful to AR Sir and Mani sir for believing that I could do justice to the three songs.

 Which is your favourite track from OK Kanmani & why?

This album is a brilliant work of art. Each song supersedes the next. I cannot choose one even if I wanted to – an issue that I usually face while choosing my favourite song of AR sir’s as well.


 Can you tell us more about your recent album “Bollywood Unwind”?

Bollywood Unwind is an acoustic revisit of a collection of some beautiful popular numbers, predominantly from the 70’s – 80’s. I’ve sung two tracks in the album, “Man Kyun Behka” and “Kya Yahi Pyar Hai”. Ash King, Meiyang Chang, Mohammad Irfan are some of the other singers associated with the project, while the music has been rearranged by Miko.

 Tell us something about your musical training and background.

I’ve trained for 15 years in Hindustani Classical music, 6 years under the Late Mrs. Kamala Bose in Allahabad, with significant exposure to Punjabi, Middle Eastern, Bollywood, Jazz/ Blues, Pakistani, various regional Indian, and several other international forms of music, while being raised in a multicultural city such as Vancouver. I also adore music composition and songwriting and I enjoy producing and singing my own songs when I’m not doing playback. We’re basically from Kashmir, but our family migrated to Allahabad, Himachal Pradesh and Vancouver ages back.

 Picks (one or more answers):

  • Singer/Artist: ARR Sir, Norah Jones, Chitra Ji, Kishori Amonkar, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, Leona Lewis, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars
  • Song: Don’t Know Why, Tere Bina Besuadi, Jaage Hain Der Tak, Sunday Morning, Tu Hi Re, Gurus of Peace
  • Book: All of Khaled Hosseini’s works (A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed), Rumi, Elif Shafak (all authors)
  • Movie: A Wednesday, Rang De Basanti, Inglorious Bastards, Braveheart, Ghost, Roman Holiday, Life is Beautiful, Casablanca, Godfather Trilogy, Vertigo, Singing in the Rain
  • Inspiration: Freud, ARR Sir, Oscar Wilde

 What are your upcoming projects? Can you tell us something about your upcoming Canada-US tours?

I’m working on a few collaborations, several films down south and other regional work besides bollywood and my own singles that I intend on releasing later this year.

 Any message for our readers & the emerging music artists out there?

Follow your heart. Manifest that what you dream of will happen. But do have a backup plan. hehe!

Keep loving, keep praying and keep blessing 🙂