Once Sivamani said, “It’s never too late to do anything new when it comes to music”, we at Music Plus don’t think we are late wishing him on his 58th birthday. Anandan Sivamani born on 1 December 1959 is an Indian percussionist who plays multiple instruments including drums, octoban, darbuka, udukai, and kanjira. Today, he doesn’t require an introduction as his drumsticks are enough to speak on his behalf. From pillow to empty water can, photocopy machine to a suitcase, even kitchen utensils to stationery items, he can literally transform anything into a source of music and create a new gamut of rhythms with his fingers.
A sought-after performer both on live-shows and studios, Sivamani is widely recognized as one of India’s best drummers. His style is illusory for the unskilled, deeply thoughtful and mysterious at one moment, tantalizing and exciting at the next.
Music Plus wishes the multitalented Sivamani in a musical way and came up with some lesser known facts about the great Indian percussionist.
- Son of SM Anandan, a renowned drummer in the South Indian Film Industry, Sivamani was introduced to music at the age of Seven. By the age of 13, he had a professional music career with recording under the watchful eyes of Carnatic and light music legend SP Balasubramaniam.
- As a child, Sivamani spent hours listening to the performances of face drummer Noel Grant.
- His first studio break was playing for South Indian Master Creator KV Mahadevan.
- He started as a substitute in music maestro Ilayaraja’s group, however, soon his talent was spotted by Ilayaraja, and he became a permanent member.
- Sivamani’s debut individual album was Mahaleela (2008), followed by Arima Nambi (2014) and Kanithan (2016).
- One of the best pair of hands in the world of percussion, Ustaad Zakir Hussain in a live show titled Sivamani as “Phenomenon that walks the planet but once or twice in a century.”
- Sivamani started a new music forum Unwind Center (Bengaluru) in 2005, however, it started in Chennai in 1998 to host and promote music events.
- Did you know that Sivamani has also acted in two Telugu films? Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1987) and Sirivennela (1986). He has also acted in the Hindi film Madaari (2016).
- Mustafa Mustafa, Humma Humma and Chaiya Chaiya, the best Indian evergreen dancing numbers are by Sivamani and Rahman. No world tour of AR Rahman is complete without the presence of Sivamani as his live performances are dynamic and treat to the eyes.
- He has played with some of the best International artists and is also a part of World music outfits such as the Zakir Hussain World Drums Ensemble, SILK, Asia Electrik and Shraddha.
- He is the only Indian musician to be endorsing five of the biggest International brands in the live music industry including Zildjian, Pearl, Roland, AKG and Remo.
- He has been conferred upon with the title of ‘Kalaimamani’ (2009) by the Tamil Nadu government, which is the highest state honour in the field of arts. In 2015, he was honoured with the ‘Best Instrumental Act’ at the prestigious Live Quotients Awards (LQA 2015).
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