DELHI HAS AN IN­TEL­LEC­TUAL AND CUL­TURAL VIBE: RAGHU

Singer Raghu Dixit talks about the spe­cial equa­tion he shares with the Cap­i­tal and what keeps bring­ing him back to the city

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Singer-song­writer Raghu Dixit (left) might have never sung most of his songs in Kan­nada, yet 42-year-old singer never misses an op­por­tu­nity to per­form in Delhi. As he gears up for his gig with his band, Raghu Dixit Project, in the Cap­i­tal on July 1, he talks about his spe­cial equa­tion with the city, his love for live per­for­mances and his re­cent foray into film mu­sic. Ex­cerpts: Your last per­for­mance in Delhi was in March and you’re back with yet an­other show. What brings you here so of­ten? Delhi has al­ways been so high on en­ergy, dur­ing all of our per­for­mances [in the past]. That’s some­thing, which only Delhi of­fers, and we per­form ev­ery­where in the coun­try. Even Pune doesn’t have that kind of en­ergy, de­spite it be­ing a place full of young­sters. We have had some mem­o­rable gigs in Delhi and this place has an amaz­ing in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural vibe, as op­posed to Mum­bai, which is more com­mer­cial and that’s even more spe­cial.

What are your thoughts on Justin Bieber get­ting slammed for lip­sync­ing at his In­dia con­cert? Do you find it wrong? I don’t think there is any­thing right or wrong in this. It de­pends on the artists, re­ally. Many artists do that be­cause they are afraid they might goof up, and they are too em­bar­rassed to do that. With Justin Bieber, I think it’s not just singing that he came here for. He was here to dance, en­gage with the au­di­ences among other things. He did his acous­tic set, which was bril­liant and there’s no doubt that he is a great artist. There are more things than just singing at a con­cert.

Have you ever lip-synced dur­ing a con­cert? I haven’t done that for a sim­ple rea­son that I am not afraid to goof up. It’s a live show and I know mis­takes hap­pen. It hap­pens that I am singing in a dif­fer­ent key, and then I stop the song, apol­o­gise to the crowd and sing it again from scratch. If you are hon­est, the au­di­ences like that, and they re­spond to that. I think the au­di­ence de­serves far more credit than we ac­tu­ally give them.

It [com­pos­ing mu­sic for films] also gives me a chance to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent gen­res, which I can’t do with the band RAGHU DIXIT, SINGER

You have started com­pos­ing for films as well, and eight of the films that you have com­posed mu­sic for, are re­leas­ing this year. How does it feel? Yes, that’s some­thing I’ve been ex­ten­sively do­ing this year. I love com­pos­ing for films, and it’s a dif­fer­ent sort of a chal­lenge. I’ve com­posed for seven movies in Kan­nada [so far] and one is go­ing to be a Bol­ly­wood num­ber. It also gives me a chance to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent gen­res, which I can’t do with the band. I have done some crazy stuff — from heavy me­tal to Hin­dus­tani clas­si­cal mu­sic, I have played around with ev­ery genre for these films.

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