Zyme CEO believes his music appeals to all ages because of wide repertoire
Chandran Sankaran never had any structured hobbies in his growing years. He just "plunked a few chords on the guitar. His father, however, sang well and his older brother was a good pianist."
After school at Bishop Cottons, his IIT Madras degree came with the Governor's Medal, which is awarded to one student for all-round achievement. Masters at Yale followed.
Ten years ago, Chandran - by then a successful entrepreneur in his 40s - felt that although one has different priorities at different points in life, one priority should not be at the cost of another and that one must develop an interest that stirs one's attention.
"I started playing with a very limited solo acoustic repertoire on Sunday nights at Urban Solace near Ulsoor Lake - just myself, my guitar and a PA system. After a few months, I got the courage to play at larger venues and started playing at Cafe Noir in UB City every Saturday," said Sankaran, 54. He soon expanded to private events and charity functions too.
The founder of San Francisco-headquartered channel data management company Zyme, which has a strong 500+ staff and offices in Jayanagar, Whitefield and Hebbal, believed his music appeals to ages 18 to 80 because of the wide repertoire. From old rock and jazz tunes to modern alternative rock and pop, Sankaran plays them all.
A look at his recent playlist is proof enough: Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Coldplay, Dire Straits, The Doors, Eagles, Jazz Standard, John Lennon, Mumford & Sons, Neil Young, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Van Morrison. In the city, Sankaran is a member of the 'Bangalore Music Group' that includes fellow CEOs, business and creative leaders but he has played all over the world.
When he travels, his music travels with him. "I have played on the streets bars in China, Singapore, Finland," he says, adding that he has also played as part of bands in San Francisco.
A theatre enthusiast, Sankaran helped Arundhati Nagget Samuel Beckett's Happy Days to RangaShankara in 2009 and is associated with Jagriti Theatre in Whitefield. The idea was to surround himself with creative people, which, in turn, fuels his own mind. "I encourage everyone around me to develop the interests that stir them and not make artificial or con strained tradeoffs," he said.