The percussionist discusses life objectives and why he agreed to compose for Hindi movie ‘Atkan Chatkan’
It’s onerous to fathom a world the place Sivamani isn’t standard for his percussion abilities.
However there was a time when the drumming equipment synonymous with ‘Drums’ Sivamani was out of the musician’s attain. “My father, SM Anandan (additionally a drummer) was lifeless in opposition to me touching the drums equipment. He by no means allowed me to play. I used to get disturbed, go into the kitchen and begin taking part in on all of the vessels. My mother was my largest supporter. Ultimately, my father relented,” says Sivamani, over cellphone from Mumbai.
His first break got here when he was requested to substitute for his father within the entourage of yesteryear composer KV Mahadevan.
“He was composing for a movie and I performed the drums.” Then, for 35 years after that, I’ve performed for various composers together with Ilaiyaraaja, the late MS Viswanathan, AR Rahman, T Rajendar, Anu Malik, Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal-Shekhar amongst others.
“They’re all my universities. I’ve absorbed completely different concepts working with completely different composers,” he provides.
Sivamani is the composer for upcoming Hindi movie Atkan Chatkan, which stars musical prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram within the lead.
He calls it a particular movie as a result of it’s “based mostly on percussion”. “The director (Saummy Shiv Hare) had approached me with this challenge a few years in the past however it didn’t take off because of manufacturing points. The story touched my coronary heart as a result of I noticed my life story taking form in entrance of my eyes,” he says.
Atkan Chatkan follows the lives of 4 road children with a ardour for music who come collectively to type a musical band.
It was Sivamani who helped Shiv Hare solid Lydian. “He (Lydian) is a baby genius. He participated and received The World’s Finest present whereas taking pictures for the movie. All the kids within the film have performed nice work, and it’s simply the form of musical we want on this second,” he says.
Curiously, Sivamani satisfied veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan to lend his vocals for a prayer tune within the movie too. The lyrics for the tune ‘Daata Shakti de’ was written by Sivamani’s partner, Runa Rizvi, who can also be a playback singer.
“I’m a giant fan of Amit ji. It was a miracle getting him to agree. I used to be in a position to join with the assistance of Dr Bhujang Pai, who is thought to Amit ji’s household.”
Regardless of working for over three a long time in cinema, the percussionist in Sivamani in nonetheless hungry. The truth is, he remarks that it nonetheless is his “huge dream” to be recognised because the “world’s greatest drummer”.
“That’s my motivation and my one aim. I really like working with different composers however I’m not curious about composing for motion pictures. I’ve created many rhythms however nonetheless my dream shouldn’t be fulfilled,” he says, including, “I’m nonetheless a pupil [of music]. By no means set your self achievable objectives; all the time set it very far. At this level of my life, I’m nonetheless swimming in an ocean.”