Shayan Italia is an Indian pianist, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He was born in India in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh and raised in a Zoroastrian family. He moved to London after his mom and dad died.
He studied at Doon School in Dehradun and has 3 degrees – bachelor in International trade practices and procedures from Osmania University, the second one is bachelor in audio engineering from Alchemea college of audio in engineering and Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Westminster.
Italia started his music career after his mother’s death. He started writing songs and he was the first unsigned act to have a song played on BBC 4’s Radio Desert Island Discs and performed at Robert Albert hall. For supporting the production of an album “Feel“ he auctioned off a portion of his future earnings on eBay. He also interviewed in show frost over the world by David Frost sir. The “Reflection” song by him achieved number one on Youtube music video chart and also has the winner of all India song contest.
Then he started his business “Biryani360” in Mumbai, Bandra on March 2015 and sold it in March 2016. This idea of Biryani came into his mind when he was sitting in his bedroom and fooling around with animation software and created a fictional character video who declare their united love for biryani.
He was awarded Honorary Award winner – Great American songwriting contest in 2004, in 2006 awarded with all India song contest and in 2007 editor’s choice award on international poetry competition and first undersigned music artist on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
72nd Independence Day
Recently one week ago he launched his piano version of “Jana Gana Mana“ and has got 41 million viewers on youtube within 9 days of its upload. 41 million viewers are not just a number, they are sentiments and emotions for our country. When you listen to the piano version it gives you goosebumps along with the respect and sentiments for the national anthem of our country. This music has been played on worlD grand piano concert, the flagship Steinway model d by Mumbai based songwriter and pianist Shayan Italia. Interestingly Shayan approached Gomes to record the national anthem on this piano, not knowing about the fact that Gomes had sold one of those to his mother’s 20 years ago.
Shayan chose national anthem only but not any other song as he wants to bring whole India together to celebrate 72nd Independence day with his piano version of ”Jana Gana Mana”. Shayan has dedicated this video to his mother who died because of cancer.
Proud to pay this tribute to India and to my mother’s memory, the #IndianNationalAnthem. This is close to my heart – launching the #IWouldStandForThis global initiative: https://t.co/32osHcw40W @narendramodi @makeinindia #JanaGanaMana #RabindranathTagore #CancerAwareness #India pic.twitter.com/QqqXEgmqzk
— Shayan Italia (@ShayanItalia) August 4, 2018
He described in lines:
The video is my way of paying tribute to my mother who I lost to cancer as well as to my mother country. My mother was a very jovial person and before she succumbed to cancer, she gave me a simple piano as a parting gift as she knew that I loved music. Another motivating factor was my uncle who used to work with the Indian National Army.