BAL VIKAS ALUMNI IN THE NOMINATED TEAM FOR OSCAR AWARDS:
When he recieved a congratulatory message two days ago from the Vice President of Fox entertainment saying "Take a moment and just be proud of yourself",young Sai Shraavanam could not believe that Baba's blessing, when He visited his parent's house in Chennai in January 2007,would fructify so soon. Baba had then visited his studio and told him,"You will take Music all over the world".
Sai Shravanam is a member of the "Life of Pi" sound track team that has been nominated for an award in the 85th Oscar Awards ceremony of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The soundtracks used in ‘Life of Pi’, now being celebrated for 11 Oscar nominations, had their origins in the Chennai studio of this young Balvikas graduate.
“After recording Bombay Jayashree's lullaby in September, Fox Music was happy with my work and the quality of the sound we recorded here. So, I got the opportunity to record far more than what I was originally roped in for,” says Sai, who has recorded many top artistes in India.
But this was a new experience for him. While the composer Mychael Danna and director Ang Lee were in Los Angeles, communicating with them as they were recording, Sai , along with the musician, was sitting in Chennai, “We used this technology called source-connect that enables such remote-recording. It is like a very advanced variant of Skype, but is rarely used here,” he says.This meant that the sounds were recorded, just as the director was matching the music to the visuals on his screen in LA. “There is a small time lag between the moment we press a key here, and the moment when the music is heard in LA and that required immense precision,” adds Sai.
Sai Shravanam is the son of Mr N.Ramani, National Vice President,Southern Region of the the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisationm (India).