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Sivamani
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Sivamani is an Indian percussionist and music director. He plays many instruments including drums, octoban, darbuka, udukai, ghatam and kanjira. He performed drumming during the IPL Championships in 2008 and 2010. He is affiliated with the Chennai Super Kings team, but gained recognition through his role as A. R. Rahman's lead percussionist. They have been close friends since childhood. In 2019, he was conferred with Padma Shri.
Sivamani is a Chennai-based percussionist. He began drumming at the age of seven and started his musical career at the age of 11. He later moved to Mumbai. He was inspired by Noel Grant and Billy Cobham. He has played for M.S.Viswanathan, Illayaraja, A R Rahman and others. In 1990, he shared the stage with Billy Cobham at Mumbai's Rang Bhavan. He has stated that S. P. Balasubrahmanyam is his godfather.
Sivamani's earliest experiments with music were with Carnatic maestros including Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, T. V. Gopalakrishnan, Valliyapatti Subramaniam and Pazhanivel, and L. Shankar. During the early stage of his career, he collaborated with T. Rajendar for many of his music compositions. Sivamani also appeared on screen for the song " Dhinam Dhinam Un Mugam" alongside Actor Anand Babu for the movie "Thangaikkor Geetham" directed by T. Rajendar.
The tabla maestro Zakir Hussain invited him to share the stage with himself and Trilok Gurtu at a fusion concert in Mumbai. Sivamani has since collaborated with several musicians including Louis Banks. He also went on a world tour with Zakir Hussain and his ensemble "Masters of Percussion". In addition, he has done world tours with A. R. Rahman and collaborated with him for Bombay Dreams. Shivamani has been a part of a musical group called Shraddha which comprises of Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, U. Srinivas and Loy Mendonsa.
Sivamani has a band called "Asia Electrik" with Niladri Kumar, Louiz Banks and Ravi Chari. He also plays at another world music band named "Silk & Shrada."
He has played drums for many film score composers hailing from Tamil Nadu. He has played drums for many Indian films including Roja, Rang De Basanti,Swades, Taal, Lagaan, Dil Se.., Guru,Kabul Express and Rockstar .[7][8][9] Some of the songs that he has contributed to include "Kadhal Rojave," "Pudhu Vellai Malai" Chaiya Chaiya and Nadaan Parinde. He has also acted in two Telugu films: Padamati Sandhya Ragam and Sirivennela. He has also acted in the Hindi film Madaari (2016).

You can listen to Sivamani on the following "Emam & Friends" Album(s)/Song(s):
Dancing Fairies
Sacred Insanity
Dance of the Hermit

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For more details about Sivamani please visit:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sivamani

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