When it comes to speaking about Konkani musicians today, the name that comes to one’s mind first is Sidhanath Buyao. Taking ahead his father Goem Shahir Ulhas Buyao’s legacy, Sidhanath has dedicated himself to Konkani music.
Born and brought up in a small village of Sanvordem, Sidhanath started off his career in music as chorus.
“Music was always an important part of my family and I used to also sing on various occasions in school,” he said speaking about his initial days into music.
But his actual foray into music came after the death of his father, in the year 2007. “It was when Churchill Alemao formed the Save Goa Party in the year 2007. He said you have to continue with your father’s legacy of music and that was when I composed songs on politics and actually started my career in music,” he remembers.
“Then in the same year when the anti-SEZ movement was going on, a rathayatra was organized. And as a part of it, we were making people aware about the movement through songs,” he said.
He released his first album of Konkani songs Buyao With Love in 2008 and he has never looked back since then. He has performed not only in different parts of the country, but also in Netherlands.
Currently working on two albums, one of devotional songs and other of patriotic songs; Sidhanath has six albums to his credit – Buyao Rocks Konkani, Grateful To Jesus, Buyao With Love, Valley Of Colours, Sansay. This year he has composed music for two albums, Shani Masti and Saibhakti.
Inspired by his father Ulhas Buyao, Siddhanath dreams of performing like Remo Fernandes and Usha Uthup. “They are just excellent when they perform on stage, I would love to perform like them,” he says.
Sidhanath also performs live shows; Sometimes with his troupe, while sometimes only with his percussionist Yatin Talaulikar. Quite confident about Yatin, Sidhanath Says: “If I and my percussionist Yatin are together, only two of us are enough to perform anywhere at any time”. Sidhanath has also rocked the Amersfoort Jazz Festival with Yatin this year.
Apart from singing, he plays the guitar and harmonium too. “I am still in the process of learning. While I got my harmonium lessons from harmonium teacher Narottam Parvatkar, I got some of the important lessons of guitar from Roque Lazarus.
Besides bagging various awards like Gulab award for the best male singer 2009, best music composer award of Tiatr Academy of Goa in 2009 and 2010; Siddhanath has been honored by the Home Department of the State Government of Goa for Music Composition for Police Department and their band in 2008.
Speaking about his new state-of-the-art studio in Mumbai which is equipped with facilities like dubbing, recording, mixing and mastering; he said he formed it with an aim of promoting himself as music composer. “I felt that the market for the work that I do is vast in Mumbai. The studio that I have in Goa in being used only for my personal works or may be some of my close friends. This studio has been set up in a professional way with the state-of-the –art equipments.”
“Today’s youngsters have a platform but at the same time they should not forget their language,” he said adding that the youth today should make best use of the resources available to them.
Besides completing Diploma in Sound Engineering and Recording and being into music, he is a commerce graduate and runs his family business too. “I have always been backed by the Dempo family, especially Srinivas Dempo. With his backing I don’t feel scared to put a step forward”.
When asked what he likes besides music he quipped, “I like good politics”.