Rajiv Sundaresan is an upcoming singer and music composer who is making his mark in the music industry by his TV commercials and movies as well. He is known for releasing two of his singles; “Barsey” and “ Naina” worldwide digitally using REBEAT Digital Software.

The songs are available on iTunes, Amazon, Nokia, etc. Rajiv comes from a family background of Carnatic classical music. He was born in spent the first five years of his life in Oman. While his mother was a Carnatic classical, his father was a Chartered Accountant.

Though he never received any formal training from his mother but due to the passive listening of her singing, he got introduced to music and had imbibed quite a liking towards it.He was also exposed to various classical Carnatic music concerts as he used to accompany his parents to the same.

At the age of about ten years old, he shifted to India. That as the time when he started listening to the famous pop bands of that time like Bryan Adams etc. Initially, he was more interested in the rhythm and not singing in particular.

Thus, following his interest, at the age of 10 years, he joined ‘Mridangam’ class under the guidance of his guru Shri T.S.Nandakumar in Bombay. Following his passion for music, he also began to perform for various concerts until he reached his college.

Rajiv has done diploma in electrical engineering, followed by engineering in electronics and telecom from Pune. This was the time when he became sure that he seriously wanted to pursue music as his career. Thus, after finishing his engineering, he did SAE sound engineering course in Chennai paved path for a music career.

During this ten months course, he was experimenting by making ringtones and by the time he finished it, he was able to attempt music programming. Meanwhile, he also got a chance to demonstrate his music samples to Ram Sampat and ended up getting a chance to sing jingles for him, which led to composing and sing for various TV commercials.

Motivated by these, he started composing his music reels by using the basic paraphernalia that he had. Though it was a tough time for him as a young musician and composer as he had a look for various opportunities to showcase his talent, he still focussed continuously on his ‘riyaz’ and never missed even a single day of practice.

He eventually got into back vocals or chorus and still enjoyed doing the TV commercials as he enjoyed the non-hierarchical and free environment there. He likes to meet and share good vibes with a lot of people and is an ardent believer of Teamwork.

He composed his singles “Barse” & “Naina” with his self-created tune and took help from his friends; Sanjay Divecha and K.C Loy. Finally owing to his passion and hard work he has composed and sang for TV commercials like Philips & Nokia N72.He also got a chance to compose music for a song of the movie “ Satyagraha”.

Agosh

Agosh is an Indian band consisting of three members; Gopal Rao, Shaleen Sharma and R. Anandh. The word ‘Agosh’ is not only formed from the initials of its members but it also means “embrace”. Gopal is the lead singer, Anandh is the guitarist and Shaleen is the drummer in the band. The biggest break in their career was when, in 1998, they gave music to a Sunny Deol and Sushmita Sen starrer movie “Zor” with the song “Main Kudi Anjaani Hoon'. In a 2010 film “Lafangey Parindey”, they composed six songs. Further, they made music for a Malayalam film “ Nirnayam” and later for “Mazha Peyyum Munpe''. “Shakti”, which released in 2011, was the first Tamil film they composed music for. It was in 1994 that this band was born. Shaleen Sharma and R.Anandh are both mechanical engineers; passed out from Roorkee University (now IIT Roorkee) and Gopal Rol is a mathematics graduate. At an Irani Joint, this trio met for the first time over “chai”, and this formal meeting let to the formation of “Agosh”. All three are trained in some or the other classical instrument. Shaleen is a Hindustani vocalist and a tabla player, Anandh was trained on veena for 12 years, and Gopal has spent his childhood around Carnatic vocal. They initially wanted to open a music studio named “Aqua Regia” as that would portray that they have dissolved ‘gold’ inside them. It is quite interesting to know that they named themselves Agosh many films later. It happened when they decided to get serious and follow their own music style. The three grew up listening to Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin and the likes, so it is difficult for them to relate to the present Western music. In the beginning, this trio gave jingles for some popular ad films like Pepsi, Fanta, Nestle Munch and Ponds. During this period, they also made music for the Radio City of Banglore. They say that `Agosh' is a non-filmy and non-commercial project, but ad films are still their bread and butter. They had an eight songs long album released, and each song was about dealing with day to day issues. Another song “O Yaara Re” was released compiling with the album “Come on India” which also had Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan working along and was made for the Cricket World Cup.

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