Says singer Shruti Pathak about how the in­dus­try has changed over the years; adds that she wants to work with Vishal Bhardwaj in the fu­ture

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - Nikita Deb nikita.deb@htlive.com

Shruti Pathak has made a name for her­self in the Hindi mu­sic in­dus­try, thanks to sev­eral hit Bollywood songs such as ‘Mar jawaan’ (Fash­ion; 2008), ‘Jee le’ (Luck; 2009), and ‘Tu­jhe bhula diya’ (An­jaana An­jaani; 2010). How­ever, the singer hasn’t sung as many songs in the past cou­ple of years. Ask her why, and Shruti says that she has been con­cen­trat­ing on mak­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic. Ahead of her per­for­mance at the Hin­dus­tan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Fes­ti­val, we caught up with the singer to talk about her ca­reer, her favourite com­posers, and her favourite com­posers. How do you feel about col­lab­o­rat­ing with HTKGAF? I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. It’s one of the most cel­e­brated mu­sic fes­ti­vals in the city, and it’s a real hon­our to be per­form­ing at Kala Ghoda. How im­por­tant do you think these live events are in a city like Mum­bai? They’re very im­por­tant. I wish there were more mu­sic fests like this one. Firstly, it gives the au­di­ence an op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to a large va­ri­ety of good mu­sic, and the artistes get to cater to such an amaz­ing au­di­ence at a venue like the Asi­atic steps. It’s is a beau­ti­ful venue and def­i­nitely adds a lot of char­ac­ter to the fes­ti­val. Do you feel that you haven’t sung as many songs in the last cou­ple of years? Have you slowed down a lit­tle? Things have slowed down in gen­eral. But the brighter side to that is that artistes are now fo­cus­ing on non-film mu­sic too. I formed my band, Guz­zler in 2013 just to do the kind of mu­sic that I love. Of all the com­posers that you have worked with, who is your favourite? I can’t name one. They all are gen­uinely amaz­ing. Sal­imSu­laiman gave me my dream de­but, and I have worked with Vishal-Shekhar both in films and live con­certs. Amit Trivedi, one of my clos­est friends, is the only com­poser who I’ve sung and also writ­ten for. They are all very spe­cial. But I I haven’t worked with Vishal Bhardwaj, and I’d love to, hope­fully soon. What are you cur­rently busy with? Lots of travel for con­certs as well as film songs, which will be out soon. I am def­i­nitely work­ing to­wards mak­ing my own orig­i­nal mu­sic. Are you look­ing to ex­plore re­gional mu­sic fur­ther? I have sung in Kan­nada, Tel­ugu and Gu­jarati. I have not sung in Ben­gali or Marathi un­til now, but I would love to try my hand at it.


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