Shyamoli Sanghi, whose recent singleTu Na got 11 million views on YouTube, talks to Shalini Saksena about what inspired her to be a singer.
What inspired you to be a singer?
It was not as much people who inspired me. I think there is a higher power that propelled me in this direction. When I am singing, I feel that is what was born to do. You will find me singing or listening to music all the time. Music has a quality that makes me feel free.
How did your musical journey begin?
I was five when I started learning Hindustani classical music. Music has been a passion for me as long as I can remember. I come from an academic family. Thus, I was always interested in it. But slowly, I started getting drawn to music. I listen to all kind of music and love watching movies. The whole experience of songs in the movies inspires me. I went to Stanford University and realised that I missed singing. But I completed my graduation. Nine months back, I started meeting people since I wanted to make music my career. I met people and the composer with whom I made three songs.
You studied Math with Philosophy instead of pursuing a degree in music. Was this a back plan?
It was not really a back plan because I always wanted to make music my profession. But, like I said, I came from an academic background. I studied these subjects because I love to be stimulated mentally. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of both worlds.
Mostly singers debut with Bollywood. But all three of your songs have been singles and non– Bollywood projects. Why?
My dream is definitely to work in Bollywood but I recorded these songs when I was just 19. I would love to sing for films after a couple of years. Coming out with these singles is the best way to gain exposure — how recordings are done. Also in the next few years, my voice will mature more and I will be ready for Bollywood.
Your first two songs were a hit. How does this help a budding singer like your?
It definitely inspires me to do better work. It tells me that I am on the right track; it tells me that my work is being liked and have managed to connect with people. I have got a feedback that my voice is different and people love it. The whole experience is amazing.
You are now out with your third song. What is it about?
The song is called Ahida. It means a girl who is devoted to helping others. The theme and the singing style is sufi. It tells the story of two people who are in love and what happens and how this word comes into being.
What is your current favourite song?
My all time favourite song is Channa Mereya and Maula Mere Maula. At present, my favourite song is Hawayein.
What makes music transcend borders?
Music is all about feelings. One can be singing in Latin. One need not understand the words since you feel the melody.
Is Bollywood or independent music the only options for singers?
There are other options as well like classical fusion or pure classical music. The only thing is that Bollywood has a huge reach and singers want their music to reach as many people as possible.
Writer: Shalini Saksena
Courtesy: The Pioneer