‘In­die mu­sic is a singer’s dream’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Sa­marth Goyal

Singer Tulsi Ku­mar (be­low) has not only made a name for her­self in Bol­ly­wood — she is equally pop­u­lar in the in­de­pen­dent mu­sic cir­cuit as well. Her last sin­gle, Mera High­way Star, which fea­tured rap­per Raf­taar, fetched over one crore hits on YouTube since its re­lease in April.

The 31-year-old singer loves her in­de­pen­dent projects, and says, “They’re ev­ery singer’s dream. That’s not just the case with In­dia, but in other coun­tries as well. With in­de­pen­dent mu­sic, a singer or mu­si­cian gets the chance to spread their wings and talk about their feel­ings, and what they want to say to the world,” she says. Be­fore col­lab­o­rat­ing with Raf­taar, Tulsi has sung pop­u­lar hits which in­cludes her recre­ated ver­sion of the pop­u­lar song Mainu Ishq Da Lagya Rog, which was orig­i­nally sung by Anu­radha Paud­wal in the 1991 film Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi, among oth­ers. “In­de­pen­dent songs are not bound by a script, or a sit­u­a­tion, and there­fore get the cre­ative free­dom to pour their hearts out in front of their fans,” she says.

Tulsi is happy that main­stream Bol­ly­wood mu­si­cians are re­al­is­ing the po­ten­tial of such singers. She feels that this will ben­e­fit the in­de­pen­dent mu­sic in­dus­try. “This kind of mu­sic gives the singer a chance to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent kinds of gen­res, more freely. It has been hap­pen­ing for the past few years. You can now see a Bad­shah or a Raf­taar re­leas­ing mu­sic on their own — which is a great thing, and the in­de­pen­dent in­dus­try is def­i­nitely get­ting big­ger be­cause of that,” she adds.

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