'ARTISTES ARE NOW DOING NON-FILM MUSIC TOO'
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
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.