If you really want to connect with the supernatural, there’s always a shortcut. We call it Music.
In this context, when we talk about the supernatural, we mean that which sets your pulse racing, gives you an emotional outburst and often leaves you speechless.
Here are 10 such musicians who we think are superhuman, just because of their ability to create music that is so perfect, you’d almost think it’s impossible.
P.S. – Don’t go by the numbers. Each one of them possesses special powers to move your soul.
1. Asheem Chakravarty
Known to Indian Ocean fans as “the man with the golden voice”, Asheem showed his rhythmic ability at an early age. This was surprising for a lot of musicians when they came to know that he’d never had any formal training. He played the tabla, tarang and other percussion instruments while simultaneously being the lead vocalist. This is a feat, very few in the industry have not been able to achieve. Asheem left for a better world in 2009, but Indian Ocean fans still swear by him.
Here’s one of our favourites, with Asheem Da performing “Hille Le”
2. Gurdas Maan
“Baike wekh jawaana. Baabe bhangra pounde ne!”
Translation: Sit back and watch young man. The old men are doing bhangra.
That is not just a famous song by the world-reknown Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan but also his way of life. At the age of 59, Gurdas Maan still gives the young artists a run for their money when he comes to perform on stage. He’s been actively performing since 1980 and has been a singer, songwriter, choreographer, and actor. And, believe it or not, in almost 40 years of being in the industry, he’s never been out of demand.
3. Vijay Prakash
He might look like a real life clone of bollywood singer Shaan, but the music that Vijay creates is way different from the former. Hailing from Mysore, Karnataka, Vijay has sung in hindi films such as Blue, Swades, Kaal, Lakshya and many more. It’s not just the vocals but his command on the musical notes that really makes him stand apart. Listen to this to believe it:
4. Anandan Sivamani
Popularly known by his last name, Sivamani plays many instruments including drums, octoban, darbuka, udukai and kanjira. He started his musical career at the age of 11, a time when most of us were still learning how to improve our handwriting or perfecting the art of tying shoe-laces. Sivamani has worked with the world famous A.R. Rahman, Louis Banks, Zakir Hussain and the likes. When it comes to his performances, you seriously need to see it to believe it.
5. Sonam Sherpa
Success strikes with silence. Sonam Sherpa is one of the most successful lead guitarists in the world right now and when you say it to him, he silently smiles and moves on. Member of the Indian rock band Parikrama, Sonam Sherpa started playing the guitar when he was merely 9-years-old. He specializes in blues, screaming riffs, soulful slide work and being the envy of guitarists across the globe.
See him at work here:
6. Rahul Ram
Rahul Ram’s music moves smoothly from melodic enmeshing with vocal and guitar lines to the more standard laying of foundations over which the band soars. Being the bass guitarist of Indian Ocean, Rahul has a strong stage presence, with a great sense of humour and music that keeps the audience asking for more. Rahul Ram and Asheem Chakravarty also sang “Yaara Maula” for Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal, a bollywood film based on politics.
Check the man himself in one of our favourite songs –
7. Shubha Mudgal
Born and raised in a family dedicated to music, Shubha Mudgal has been trained by some of the finest musicians and musicologists in India. A versatile and extremely popular performer, she can sing really high-pitched notes, something that even a lot of male singers in the music industry cannot do. In an era when feminism was not even heard of, Shubha Mudgal’s compositions and music videos braved the norms of the society. One of these is the all-time-favorite “Mann ke Manjeere”
8. Piyush Mishra
In life you’re either questioning everything or you’re in awe of it. Anything in between and you’re dead. That is precisely Piyush Mishra for you. A film and theatre actor, music director, lyricist, singer and scriptwriter, Piyush Mishra puts across the most brutal truths out in compositions that make you want to just keep listening. He will admire, curse, abuse and abolish everything in a song, and you would sit there wishing you could think, write or sing like him.
Here’s one of his most famous scenes from the movie Gulaal, which shows his expertise as a musician as well as an actor:
9. Shashank Bhatnagar
“There is a reign in anarchy, control in this chaos.. Freedom!
Duty in dysfunction, this gift of an extreme heredity.”
Those are lines from Undying Inc’s song, Pit Mechanics. But, that could even be the description of the main vocalist Shashank Bhatnagar. Shashank was told by a lot of his music teachers that there’s no future for him, but look at him performing on stage and you might just want to go and drill some sense into those teachers. When he’s not making music, Shashank loves working out and is also a fitness trainer. Oh, and even if you are not a metal fan, you must still attend one of the gigs of Undying Inc. You’ll find Shashank headbanging, jumping, stomping the stage and almost breaking it, and it’s a no big deal that this man might come off stage and tell you that he wasn’t at his best on this day. That’s how he is.
Here’s another favourite from Undying Inc.
10. Lokesh Madan
The lead vocalist and bass guitarist for Eka, the band, Lokesh started singing at the age of 4 and began playing the guitar at the age of 14, just listening to records and replicating what he heard. With musical influences from Freddie Mercury (Queen), Bono (U2), Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, RD Burman and Kishore Kumar, Lokesh brings a lot of musical and vocal expertise on the gigs. And, if you ever happen to attend one, you’ll realize that this man’s energy level only goes up as the gig moves forward. He’s seen jumping on stage, holding out the mic to audiences and making them sing and more often than not, improvising with his music, when you expect it the least.
Catch Eka in action here:
So the next time you think you need to refresh your playlist you know which musicians could look out for.