Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:37 am

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Sairam Iyer: One Man. Two Voices!

Talk about talent!  We’ve called many artists unique, but that word is really the only one word that can be used to describe singing sensation, Sairam Iyer!  Let me explain.  Imagine the magical voice of Lata Mangeshkar combined with the velvet tones of Mohammed Rafi… but not as a duet with both individuals!  Instead, both voices come from one singer!  Unbelievable right!  Well, dual vocalist, Sairam Iyer is able to do just that!  He can effortlessly switch between male and female vocals with incredible ease!  As such, all his solo performances end up being incredibly captivating to watch.

One of the first dual vocalists from India to reach global popularity, Sairam has performed over 1,500 shows across the world even performing alongside the guitar legend Carlos Santana and Alice Coltrane, the pianist wife of Sir John Coltrane.

Drawing inspiration from notable Indian cinema playback singers, the young Sairam began his vocal career recreating the top Bollywood female playback singers of the time. Sairam has since moved into playback arena for Bollywood films himself and has the unique distinction of being the only male playback who can perform playback for a female actress as well.

Recognizing his unusual talent, he was signed to record label BMG Crescendo in India and released a romantic music album aptly named ‘Aisa Bhi Kabhi Hota Hai’ containing two duets (you don’t need a singing partner when you are Sairam), two female solos and two male solos.

Having learned Hindustani classical vocal music from imminent stalwarts like the late Pandit Ramesh Nadkarni and Pandit Shri Dhruva Ghosh at the Sangeet Mahabharati Institution, Sairam acquired a diploma in Hindustani classical vocal music. Sairam also studied music at the University of Mumbai, training under eminent music directors Shri Kamlakar Bhagwat and Shri Achyut Thakur.

Entering his teenage years, Sairam’s voice transitioned into maturity, effectively losing its childlike softness. After several years of devoted retraining and fierce determination, Sairam rediscovered his earlier ability to sing in a female voice, with the additional talent of performing male and female duets simultaneously.

His ability to reproduce on stage, the magical voices of his idols, is undeniably impressive. Sairam can perform classic duets unaccompanied. In amazing solo performances, Sairam can comfortably reach the scintillating heights of Kishore Kumar and the unique style of Asha Bhosle. His perfect execution of the subtle nuances of eminent singers has earned him praise from great maestros and well known stars of the Indian film industry such as Naushad Sahib, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji and Anil Bishwas who called him the ‘eighth wonder of the world‘. He has also received praise from Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla and Kajol; even impressing global Queen of Pop, Madonna!

For the first time, Sairam will conducting a UK media tour, discussing his unique assimilation of male and female vocals.  Be sure to keep it locked to Urban Asian for all the details!