Get­ting work is not in our hands: Richa Sharma

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A fter a hia­tus of al­most two years, ver­sa­tile singer Richa Sharma known for her soul­ful voice is back in the film cir­cuit with tra­di­tional holi song in Pad­maa­vat.

She last play backed for Prakash Jha’s Jai Gan­ga­jal in March 2016.

On what kept her away so long, the Mahi Ve singer says, “Get­ting work (song) is not in our hands. There is now a sea of singers in the in­dus­try. One has to ac­cept that there is a lot of tal­ent around. Not ev­ery­one can get work all the time. Our work is just to sing and when­ever I am called I go and sing from heart and soul.”

Her voice will be next heard in Kangna Ra­naut star­rer pe­riod film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

“Its film’s ti­tle song and peo­ple will hear a ‘bu­land awaaz’ in the pow­er­ful score. It’s a solo but will have glimpses of Shankarji (Ma­hade­van) voice as well. The mu­sic is by ShankarEh­san-Loy. In­ter­est­ingly, as a kid my fa­ther used to call me Jhansi Ki Rani and now I got to sing a song for her,” says the singer who was re­cently in Luc­know af­ter her show in Kan­pur.

In Pad­maa­vat, she has sung Man­gani­yars and Langa’s folk song with Shail Hada.

Though she stayed away from films, live con­certs kept her oc­cu­pied.

Now I am ac­tive on so­cial me­dia and con­nect with my fans di­rectly. ‘Ab main bhi smart ho gai hoon’ (I have be­come smarter) RICHA SHARMA SINGER

“Con­certs keep me busy and re­cently I did an over a month long tour in which I did 18 shows in a row in the US and Canada. All were solo Richa Sharma Live in Con­cert and were packed shows. I feel blessed to be in the in­dus­try for 22 years and the love and bless­ings I have got,” she says.

Be­sides shows, since 2015, she is giv­ing one or two sin­gles every year.

“Cur­rently, it’s not a rev­enue model but it could be­come one if taken se­ri­ously. It de­pends what you want from sin­gle. I do it for my fans, strength­ens our con­cert and re­sults in more shows which in turn is rev­enue. Film songs on the other hand, have wider reach and peo­ple know about it. For us a film, pri­vate or sin­gle — a song is a song. Un­for­tu­nately, peo­ple take film song as a bench­mark to suc­cess,” she says.

Richa is also learn­ing new age tech­nolo­gies to con­nect with the masses.

“I am not very tech savvy. I have started con­nect­ing through so­cial me­dia hardly a year-and-a-half back. I am just few months old on Twit­ter. But, now I am ac­tive and con­nect with my fans di­rectly. Ab main bhi smart ho gai hoon (I have be­come smarter). I am en­joy­ing it a lot. I have come to know that YouTu­bers are do­ing well and mak­ing money too…I am also learn­ing the tricks of the trade,” she says.

What makes Tera Sa­jda and Baag­baan singer apart from ev­ery­one is her pas­sion and power-packed voice.

“I sing less which main­tains my ex­clu­siv­ity. It keeps the hunger alive for my au­di­ence. Singing is my pas­sion and when I do it I don’t think left and right. Then I don’t bother how my face is look­ing. Like Ar­jun my fo­cus is just on the bird’s eye — be is stu­dio, stage, TV or home. Prob­a­bly, that con­nects me to peo­ple. And, it’s God’s grace that re­sults do come sooner or later,” she says on a sign­ing off note. n

Richa Sharma shares a selfie clicked on Luc­know out­skirts where she is seen savour­ing tea in a wine­glass type kul­ladh (earthen glass).

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