Shantanu Mukherjee

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Shaan (born Shantanu Mukherjee on September 30, 1972), is an Indian singer. He was the host for the popular show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa from 2000–2006 and also for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs. Shaan is also the host for another popular reality show called Star Voice of India. He is currently hosting the sequel to Star Voice of India, Star Voice of India 2.

Personal life
Shaan was born into a Bengali family on 30 September 1972. He is the son of the late music director Manas Mukherjee and brother of singer Sagarika. He is married to Radhika and has two sons, Soham and Shubh. He is the grandson of Jahar Mukherjee.

Career
As a child, Shaan began his career by singing ad jingles. After giving it up for a brief period, he soon returned to it, and also began to sing remixes and cover versions. In the 1989 movie Parinda, when he was only 15 years of age, Shaan sang a single line in the song, “Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari Dosti Hamari”.

His career began in 1995 with his first release, the remix album called Q-funk. 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 again hugely successful. The album 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 his songs. He plans to release an album remaking his father’s compositions with his sister.

Apart from his albums, Shaan has sung playback vocals for various Bollywood films, including Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai, Jhankaar Beats, Lakshya, Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho, Hum Tum, Dhoom, Dus, Salaam Namaste, Fight Club – Members Only, Don – The Chase Begins Again, Fanaa, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and Om Shanti Om. He hosted the television show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee TV, which won the Music Programme of the Year award at the Indian Telly Awards in 2003. In 2007, he left the host job and then was replaced by 21 year-old Aditya Narayan. At the same awards function, Shaan won Best TV Music Director, for creating the music of the Zee TV show, Lipstick, for 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 to host 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.

Popular songs by Shaan include his first hit, “Musu Musu”, as well as “Tanha Dil” and “Bhool Ja” from his albums and the very popular songs “Chand Sifarish” from the movie Fanaa and “Jab se tere naina” from the movie Saawariya. Recently he released a song with MLTR, “Take me to your heart”. The song appears on his album Tishnagi. Shaan sang 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.

Along with singing, Shaan has also acted in the movie, Daman, also starring Raveena Tandon. He has made appearances in his songs in the movies, Zameen and Hungama. 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 Spring Fest of IIT Kharagpur, Mood Indigo of IIT Bombay, Raagam of NIT Calicut and in Alcheringa of IIT Guwahati. Recently he performed live in an IBM event “Imprint 2008, Bangalore” for IBM GBS GD exclusively.

His song “Chand Sifarish” from the movie Fanaa (2006) and “Jab se Tere Naina” from Saawariya won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award and the Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer – Male apart from receiving several other nominations.

He said in an interview that he is no longer interested in playback singing because auto tuning software ensures that actors sound perfect. Shaan has also been a judge on many talent hunt shows.

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