Four Maestros and a Noble Cause

Healing with a touch of music, Shryaahva, the 24th annual show by The Shakti Foundation on February 15 will bring together artistes U Srinivas, Sivamani, Sheldon D’Silva and Stephen Devassy, in a multiple genre music show.

Published: 11th February 2014 07:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2014 07:26 AM   |  A+A-


Healing with a touch of music, Shryaahva, the 24th annual show by The Shakti Foundation on February 15 will bring together artistes U Srinivas, Sivamani, Sheldon D’Silva and Stephen Devassy, in a multiple genre music show.

U Srinivas

Having been associated with The Shakti Foundation for more than a decade now, mandolin player U Srinivas talks about the show and the cause with great passion. Humble about his music geniuses, he, however, adds that it has been his great fortune that has led to an association with the foundation for the last 14 years. He says, “I have been associated them since 2000. They have been dedicated to a very noble cause and it is my pleasure to be part of it in a small way.  I feel very privileged that my music and I have had a role to play.”

While he says that it is hard to explain the language of music, he adds that every year has been a new experience for him as a musician.

“It is like asking someone to explain fragrance of a flower. I think it is an experience for one to feel and then understand. Every year, we have a new set of musicians to collaborate with. This year, Sheldon D’Silva and Stephen Devassy will be joining us. Both of them are very talented and energetic. Such talent shows us that age has nothing to do with musical prowess. Sivamani, one of the most versatile drummers from India, doesn’t need any introduction. It is my pleasure to be associated with such names,” he adds.


 For the award-winning percussionist, the concert is the first for the year 2014. He beams with happiness, as he says that the event will be special for many reasons.

 “I hadn’t accepted any concerts for the year and I am going to kick start my performance spree with the show for The Shakti Foundation. That is what makes the show even more special to me. It is for a great cause and I feel very humble and happy that I have been roped in for such a show. It has a twin objective as we are going to celebrate music and work for a cause,” says Sivamani.

Sivamani who has also worked with several musicians like Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, TV Gopalakrishnan, Valliyapatti Subramaniam, is a multiple genre artiste. His works span many categories of music as he has also collaborated with different categories of musicians like U Srinivas, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa.

“I have worked with U Srinivas in a music group called Shraddha and it was the show by the foundation that was instrumental in bringing us together,” he adds.

Declining to divulge more information on what’s in store at the upcoming concert, he says it will be all about the best music for the discerning Chennai audience.

Sheldon D’Silva

A bass guitarist has collaborated with world-class musicians like Louiz Banks, Zakir Hussain, Taufiq Quereshi, Fazal Quesreshi, Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Shaan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rakesh Chaurasia, Niladri Kumar, U Srinivas, Selva Ganesh, Colonial Cousins, Suneeta Rao and Joe Alvares.

Calling his performance for the Shakti Foundation as something very close to his heart, he says that the show will combine good music and a great cause. “I am very glad that The Shakti Foundation has involved me in the concert. I will be playing a small part in a great cause. I have immense respect for the foundation and the work they have been involved with,” says D’Silva.

D’Silva adds that the word disability mirrors others insecurity about individuals. “Disability is a term used to qualify a difference or a lack of ability in someone who doesn’t fit the norm of today’s world. Our world today often feels threatened by an individual that is different, in mind or body. So is this difference or lack of ability actually a feeling of insecurity in ourselves that gets mirrored by such individuals?” he says.

He adds that there have been examples of people without whom the world would have been a very different place to live in. “Take the examples of Albert Einstein, Amadeus Mozart, Isaac Newton, Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Jim Abbott, Stephen Hawking, Stevie Wonder to name a few,” he adds.

“When we turn to dust, our souls will only remember whether we made the world a better place through love and respect,” he says.

Stephen Devassy

 A Mumbai-based keyboard player, Stephen Devassy has so far worked with more than 50 music directors in many Languages like Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada and programmed over 2000 songs.

Calling the concert something that is very close to his heart, Devassy says that the foundation and the cause they have been work for, are very close to his heart. “Special children and music are gifts from god. The foundation has been involved with a great cause and I am glad to be sharing the space with some great musicians like U Srinivas,” he says.

 In association with Kosmic Music, Stephen has also set to tune, Sanskrit slokas, mantras and verses from the Upanishads, with the background of western music called Sacred Chants of Kosmic Music. His instrumental albums include Romanza and Different Vibes. His compositions comprise REX Band’s International albums.

He adds that for an artiste, nothing can be better than a venue like Chennai. “They appreciate good music and have the audience here has the best ear for good music. We are going to try and deliver the perfect music for a perfect cause,” he says.

The event will be held at The Music Academy at 7 pm. The concert is in aid of hospital equipment for the rural underprivileged.

Telebooking at 26611213, 96001 74057, 97910 31463, 97898 23761.Passes available at The Music Academy till February 14.

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