AR Rahman has pushed me beyond what I thought I could do: National-award winner Shashaa Tirupati


“With the small experience I have had, I have realised how empowering acting can be. It is completely Rahman sir.” And, when Rahman congratulated her for the win and told her that the award is a product of her hard work and perseverance, Shashaa told him that it was Rahman’s faith in her voice and abilities. It is kind of addictive. It began with wanting to be able to sing difficult pieces, listening to it online and practicing it diligently. Somewhere they are all emotionally intervened. Gratitude is the first thing that hits me — for a girl from Canada to come to Mumbai, with no contacts, and get a break with someone whom she has worshipped for years? Grateful beyond words to my guiding light @arrahman Sir, the jury, my family and all of you for the love. The songstress will soon come out with a song that revolves around ‘survivors’. So, one can imagine her delight when she not only got her big break with the legend but also her first National Award for his song! And, I feel “Vaan Varuvan” is so gorgeous that anyone could have sung it and won an award for it. Whether it is acting or singing, it is all art.”
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd It is very selfish actually. Listening to their five-year-old daughter sing a run, Shashaa’s parents were astonished. “I get incredibly overwhelmed when someone asks me about my experience with AR Rahman sir. Also read | AR Rahman, Shashaa Tirupati bag National Awards for Kaatru Veliyidai’s songs
For the listener, it is natural to wonder how she does it as her mellifluous voice deftly skids over notes like an ice skater creating figurines. “I was nothing when Rahman sir took me in under his wings. A huge fan of Rahman, the songstress had worshipped him for years. Take “Naane Varugiren”, or “Paranthu Sella Vaa” or “Raasali”. Shashaa admitted to being more excited about Rahman winning two awards, forgetting her own accomplishment. More interestingly, Shashaa Tirupati recently made her acting debut with a play called ICloud, written and directed by Mayur Puri. Her unmasked admiration shines through as she spoke of Rahman, her mentor, in between long pauses as she frantically searched for the right phrases to express her gratitude. I just thought that this would be something that would be helpful. In Canada, sitting on the floor playing with the race cars of her brother, Shashaa hummed the run (a fast sequence of musical notes) from Lata Mangeshkar’s “Jao Re Jogi Tum Jao Re” from the film Amrapali. And getting my first National Award with the same person, it feels unreal,” gushed Shashaa. 2018-04-21T07:09:20+05:30″>
Published: April 21, 2018 7:09:20 am

The defining moment in Shashaa Tirupati’s musical journey was when she decided to drop out of a pre-medical course in Canada to pursue music full-time. “I received a lot of fan mail from people who wanted to know how I sing it. But that is how it began,” she said with a chuckle. Another defining moment in Shashaa’s musical journey was when she decided to drop out of a pre-medical course in Canada to pursue music full-time. “When I was really young, it was more about showing off. There began a journey that after several twists, turns and countries would end up in giving us National Award winner Shashaa Tirupati. Listening to AR Rahman’s “Dum Tara”, Shashaa decided that singing was what she wanted to do. See a video of National-award winner Shashaa Tirupati here:

Honoured, humbled and given a huge responsibility with the National Award for Best Playback Singer: Vaan Varuvaan. Does that mean we can see her on the big screen soon? Miles to go! “He has pushed me beyond what I thought I could do. It gives me a lot of satisfaction.”
Apart from playback singing, Shashaa’s voice will also adorn the independent music scene soon. I would love to try new modes of expression. “This is a song that I had made after the Nirbhaya case and sadly, I have heard about so many more cases recently.” There is also an indie set of songs composed by her in the pipeline. The young Shashaa had heard the song in one of the multitudes of cassettes that her mom had played of Lata Mangeshkar. I never thought I could sing things that sir has made me sing, like a Naane Varugiren.”
Shashaa might be humble but there is no denying that she can truly enchant with her voice and beautifully intricate aalaps — a feature that has been part of several of her chartbusters. The burgeoning curiosity is what led Shashaa Tirupati to do tutorial videos on YouTube breaking down several of her complicated runs for aspiring singers. #NationalFilmAwards #NationalAwards2018 pic.twitter.com/8I8a8X287B
— Shashaa Tirupati (@sashasublime) April 13, 2018
While Shashaa Tirupati received her National Award for “Vaan Varuvan” from Kaatru Veliyidai, AR Rahman also won two National Awards this year — for the songs of Kaatru Veliyidai and the background score of MOM. Top News
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