Shantanu Nandan Herlekar scores music for Marathi movie Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate

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Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate, the Marathi movie basically a children’s flick is based on the relationship between a girl and her pet. It is touted as the first Marathi movie to be based on this touching subject of human-pet relationship and Vanilla Strawberry and Chocolate will be releasing on November 16.

Shantanu Nandan Herlekar, from Shahpur Belagavi, has scored the music for this movie. He has composed 3 songs and also the background score for the film. He has also composed music and background score for many short films as well.

He had composed the music for Marathi movie Daaravtha, selected to compete at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) and Boston LGBT Film Festival, 2016.


For Shantanu, music was in his genes as he was born and brought up in a family of Musicians and Sanskrit Pandits from Belagavi. His first music teacher was his father the noted Shri Nanadan Herlekar and later learnt from Smt. Shubha Mudgal.

He is a “Sangeet Alankar” in ‘Hindustani Classical Music’ and a Diploma holder in Electronic Music Production.

At the age of 10, he was awarded with a scholarship from Govt. of India for studying music. Recently he was awarded with Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar award. Honoured with ‘Sangeet Alankar’ degree and he also holds a Bachelors degree in History and is a pass out of ‘School of Audio Engineering’.

He has developed himself as a playback singer and composer and has sung/composed for many serials and films in Hindi, Marathi and Kannada. Shantanu has performed across the globe.

For Shantanu, music is the key and he has arranged music and has experimented with sounds and genres, but his first love remains Indian Classical music.


The band Avyakta which was featured in India Rocks album by EMI Music, the album was about the best 30 bands from India, Shantanu was the lead singer. His song Dongravari Gao was featured in Kingfisher Strong Backstage and got almost 2 Lakhs views.

He has also worked with Underscore Record Pvt. Ltd. a company owned by his Guru Shubha Mudgal and Dr. Aneesh Pradhan. He has also worked with the Shankar Mahadevan Academy as a music teacher.

2 thoughts on “Shantanu Nandan Herlekar scores music for Marathi movie Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate”

  1. Thank you Allaboutbelgaum for this well elaborated writeup about Shantanu. Your encouragement to him in this regard is very much appreciated.


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