Ar­jun learns from con­tem­po­raries, draws in­spi­ra­tion from se­niors

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shreya Mukher­jee ■ shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Singer-song­writerAr­jun Ka­nungo prefers learn­ing from his con­tem­po­raries rather than see­ing them as com­pe­ti­tion. He says that it has al­ways helped him bet­ter his craft.

“Ju­bin Nautiyal, Ari­jit Singh, Amit Mishra, Jonita Gandhi, and Neeti Mo­han are my favourite singers. I find their voice qual­ity amaz­ing. The way they add emo­tion to the songs they sing makes me lis­ten to them again and again. Every time I lis­ten to their new ren­di­tions, I feel I’m learn­ing some­thing new,” says Ar­jun, who is known for songs such as Khoon Choos Le (Go Goa Gone; 2013), and his sin­gle Baaki Baatein Peene Baad (2015) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with rap­per Bad­shah.

At the same time, Ar­jun draws in­spi­ra­tion from mu­sic vet­er­ans Asha Bhosle and AR Rah­man. The singer has ear­lier spo­ken about how he got his first break as a pro­fes­sional gui­tarist in Asha Bhosle’s band. He also nar­rated the in­ci­dent when she asked him to sing for her and when he did, she praised his vo­cal tal­ent.

“When I worked with her at her stu­dio or per­formed with her, I evolved both as an artist and a per­former. Asha ji would be ex­cited about every per­for­mance and tour. Her pa­tience and pas­sion for her craft touches you,” he says emo­tion­ally. About AR Rah­man, he says, “He has been one of the big­gest in­flu­ences of my life. He is the one who in­spired me to write, com­pose, and sing my own songs.”

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