Remember when the Kerala labourer whose melodious rendition of ‘Unnai Kaanadhu Naan’ from Kamal Haasan’s film, Vishwaroopam went viral?
Apart from netizens, the video warmed the heart of Music Director and playback singing legend Shankar Mahadevan too, who was the original voice behind the song.
He took to Facebook to share the 30-year-old backload worker Rakesh’s video. He not only appreciated his voice but also requested him to move to Chennai for collaborative opportunities. Read more about this story here.
In yet another attempt to give a platform to undiscovered talent, Mahadevan who was checking out from Bengaluru’s Conrad Hotel shared another video. The two voices that shined in this video belonged to two staff members
Dressed in their crisp uniforms, the woman who he addresses as Doyel sang a soulful cover of Monali Thakur’s Moh Moh ke Dhaage from the Ayushmann-Bhumi starrer Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The male staff member, Ashwini, sang a heartwarming rendition of Shankar, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Caralisa Monteiro’s hit song Mitwa from Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. The trio ended the song together, earning applause from the staff members gathered around.
You can watch the video here.
Just when I was checking out of the hotel, met these two staff members from the hotel and they sang so beautifully for me.. I thought I must share it with you people!!! #UndiscoveredWithShankar pic.twitter.com/6sdJ6lM5OT
— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) September 22, 2018
The video has garnered over 32,000 likes and 6,500 retweets!
Isn’t it wonderful when celebrities use their clout to give a platform to talented musicians who still haven’t gotten their big break? We hope just like Rakesh, these two talented individuals also make their mark in the media and the music industry!
Also, Shankar’s knack for finding talent in the unlikeliest of places deserves a roaring applause. We hope he continues to discover these gems and share them with the rest of the world.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)