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Shankar Mahadevan Receives Honorary Doctorate From Birmingham City University For Outstanding Contribution To Music

Renowned Indian singer and composer, Shankar Mahadevan, was recently bestowed with an esteemed honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University (BCU) in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of music and the arts.

 

The prestigious ceremony, which took place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on June 23, marked a significant milestone in Mahadevan’s illustrious career. In an exclusive interview with ANI, he expressed his deep appreciation and shared his heartfelt sentiments regarding this special accolade. Describing the honor as a truly remarkable and humbling experience, Mahadevan expressed gratitude to Birmingham City University and the individuals involved in the decision-making process.

 

The announcement of Mahadevan’s honorary doctorate was made during a trade mission event in Mumbai the previous year, by none other than Andy Street, the mayor of West Midlands County in the UK. The ceremony itself was graced by the presence of distinguished personalities, including Ustad Zakir Hussain, a tabla maestro, and the legendary guitarist, John McLaughlin.

 

Mahadevan emphasized the profound significance of receiving such an esteemed honor from an artist he deeply admires, underscoring the tremendous impact it can have on aspiring artists. He believes that when a revered artist bestows an honorary doctorate, it serves as a tangible realization of dreams, motivating younger generations to pursue their artistic aspirations with greater fervor.

 

Reflecting on his own journey, Mahadevan expressed immense fulfillment in being recognized by maestros like John McLaughlin and Ustad Zakir Hussain, whom he has long admired. He believes that setting a positive example for the next generation is an immensely rewarding experience.

 

Following the formal ceremony, students from Birmingham City University had the privilege of performing some of Mahadevan’s well-known compositions, including the popular track “Mitwa” from the movie ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.’ The audience was captivated by a special performance where the iconic Shakti trio – Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, and John McLaughlin – joined the choir on stage. Together, they enthralled attendees with mesmerizing Bollywood numbers, and Mahadevan’s timeless classic, “Breathless,” left the audience spellbound.

 

Shankar Mahadevan has garnered widespread acclaim for his chart-topping songs, such as “Maa Tujhe Salaam,” “Aaj Kal Zindagi,” “Uff Teri Ada,” “Tere Naina,” “Kay Sera Sera,” and “Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe,” among numerous others. His versatility and profound musical prowess have established him as a prominent figure in the Indian music industry.

 

The conferral of an honorary doctorate upon Shankar Mahadevan by Birmingham City University serves as a testament to his extraordinary contributions to the world of music and as an inspiration to aspiring musicians worldwide. His unwavering dedication and passion continue to enrich the realm of music, and his timeless melodies resonate deeply with audiences across generations.

 

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