Shweta Subram is one talented singer who is one of the few desi artists from Canada to truly break into Bollywood. She made her Bollywood playback singing debut in earlier this year with “Dil-E-Nadaan” the title song from Hawaizaada starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Mithun Chakraborty, and Pallavi Sharda. Prior to the track, she had worked with Bollywood artists before, having caught the attention of Shankar Mahadevan, and music-producing duo Salim-Sulaiman (with whom she performed at the IIFAs). Personally, I love her songs and love her collaborations just as much! With each track she releases, she proves why she is loved world over. This time, Shweta teams up with Indian-American composer, Aakash Gandhi (of 88 keys to Euphoria fame), to do an acoustic cover of Atif Aslam’s “Jeena Jeena” from the recent blockbuster, Badlapur. Aakash’s rendition with Shweta is nothing short of musical nirvana! He proves time and again what a talented composer he is.
Along with Aakash and Shweta, the cover of “Jeena Jeena” features the talented Sahil Khan on flute, accomplished Sandeep Thakur on violin and the gifted Rupak Dhamankar on percussion. The composition of Aakash eloquently blends Shweta’s vocals with the flute and violin to mesmerize us from the first note on-wards. Shweta, who is classically trained, adds in pleasant nuances to vocally differentiate the song from the original. Final mixing and mastering was performed by Francisco Nicholson. The video for this release has been shot tastefully, and harmoniously sets the mood of the song.
Aakash Gandhi is the founder of 88KeysToEuphoria. who quickly became noticed for his signature covers of popular Bollywood songs. This ultimately landed him as YouTube’s most subscribed Indian musician, with tens of millions of views. Aakash is an inspiration to many young musicians. Shweta Subram has brought Indian music to the mainstream North American audience through her collaboration with The Piano Guys (which has crossed 10 million views and Shweta is currently touring with The Piano Guys including a performance at the esteemed Carnegie Hall). Shweta also teamed up with Shankar Tucker for “Mere Saajan Sun Sun”, and has recently released a tribute to evolution of Bollywood music with a phenomenal response. It’s great to see Aakash and Shweta team up to bring forward this masterpiece! Be sure to follow these talented musicians!