‘Today’s singers fo­cus only on gaadis and ghar’

Singer Alka Yag­nik says that today’s singers have many dis­trac­tions around them; they place too much im­por­tance on show­biz and glam­our

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Singer Alka Yag­nik (left) feels that the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of singers don’t value their work. “Today, there are so many di­ver­sions and temp­ta­tions for the singers,” she says. “Show­biz and glam­our are top pri­or­ity for them. Gaadiyan chahiye, ghar chahiye (they want cars, big houses). Peo­ple have started work­ing only for money. The tal­ented singers don’t know how to find a foot­ing in the in­dus­try.” While Alka does ac­knowl­edge that money is an es­sen­tial part in any ca­reer, she dis­likes the fact that the fo­cus is no longer on work. “When you do good work and sing well, money comes along, but that shouldn’t be the only aim. Your en­ergy and fo­cus get di­luted, and thus work suf­fers too,” adds the 51-year old, who has been in the Hindi mu­sic in­dus­try for over three decades now, and sung hits such as Tip Tip Barsa Paani (Mohra;1994), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH;1998) and the re­cent Agar Tum Saath Ho (Ta­masha;2015).

Alka also feels that In­dian au­di­ence have com­par­a­tively more re­gard for in­ter­na­tional singers who visit In­dia for con­certs. She says, “In­di­ans itna sar pe chadha dete hain, and wel­come them with open arms, and be­have with so much en­thu­si­asm. I don’t think we In­dian artists get adu­la­tion of that level, ex­cept maybe Pt. Ravi Shankar Ji and Zakir Hus­sain.”

When asked the rea­son we don’t get to hear her more of­ten in songs today, she says it is a con­scious de­ci­sion. “Of­fers are still there, but I don’t gel well with the pop, up­beat songs. The fo­cus is only on punch words, which don’t make sense, and there is less soul in mu­sic.”

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