‘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
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.”