En­gi­neer­ing a good song: This new voice was once all about chem­i­cals

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She sang along­side singer Shankar Ma­hade­van in the song Sau Aan­soon from Im­ran Khan and Kan­gana Ra­naut-star­rer film Katti Batti (2015), and singer

Rasika Shekhar (right), a chem­i­cal engi­neer by train­ing, says that des­tiny had cho­sen a dif­fer­ent path for her.

“I hap­pen to be a chem­i­cal engi­neer by de­gree but fate had some­thing dif­fer­ent in store for me. Here I am singing in movies,” says Rasika. Ask her about the jour­ney so far and she shares, “In Dubai, which is where I was born, we were more into Bol­ly­wood songs but my grow­ing up years in the US was more about be­ing ex­posed to gen­res such as car­natic mu­sic, western clas­si­cal and In­dian clas­si­cal. When I was in the fi­nal year of my col­lege, I started tour­ing with Us­tad Gu­lam Ali Khan sahib, which was a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.”

She adds, “Once I was done with my en­gi­neer­ing, I de­cided to take six months off be­fore I step into the pro­fes­sional world of chem­i­cals. I came to In­dia and trained in Hin­dus­tani mu­sic. It was here I re­alised that my in­ter­est for mu­sic is a lot more than what I thought would be and this is some­thing I would want to pur­sue,” she adds.

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