Sivamani and Shankar Mahadevan pose with their Padma Shri awards!

If there’s one thing which the Indian music listeners should work on then it has to be appreciating the musicians behind every song and every singer. Often forgotten and overlooked are a group of musicians who make the melody and the tune of the song likable for the listener. It was a big moment for all musicians when the legendary drummer Sivamani was awarded the Padma Shri.

Along with him, Breathless singer Shankar Mahadevan was another name from the Indian music industry to receive this honour. Check out the pictures of these artistes with their Padma Shri below:

We aren’t new to Shankar Mahadevan’s songs but listening to Sivamani jam on his drums will always be special. Here are a few Sivamani videos you can enjoy grooving to.

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The names of Padma Shri recipients were announced earlier this year, but it was only yesterday that they officially received the certificate of honour from the President of India. Sivamani had earlier shared his joy by saying, “I dedicate this award to my country. I would also like to thank my parents Lakshmi and Anandan for all that they've done for me. It's been several years since I have stepped foot in the industry. Receiving this award makes me even more responsible. I'd now say that I'm a proud Indian.”

SoundboxIndia sends best wishes to Sivamani and Shankar Mahadevan on his achievement. Send yours in the comments section below. Meanwhile, stay tuned for updates.