Delhi girl Ka­mak­shi is rock­ing the mu­si­cal stage

Singer Ka­mak­shi Khanna is mak­ing Dilli ki janta proud with her dul­cet voice and per­for­mance on a TV show

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Her in­ter­est in mu­sic be­gan in school, and she would ac­tively take part in choir com­pe­ti­tions. Now, Ka­mak­shi Khanna, an alum­nus of Spring­dales School, is gar­ner­ing ap­plause on In­dia’s first-ever home­grown English singing tal­ent hunt on tele­vi­sion, The Stage. The only Delhi girl on the plat­form, she is thrilled to be a part of the show and to see English mu­sic grab­bing the spot­light amid Bol­ly­wood-dom­i­nated con­tent on tele­vi­sion.

“I was ex­cited to hear that some­thing like this is hap­pen­ing in In­dia for English mu­sic, es­pe­cially on TV, which is dom­i­nated by Bol­ly­wood-like con­tent. It’s amaz­ing to cater to an au­di­ence that prefers and ap­pre­ci­ates English mu­sic,” says Khanna, who stud­ied at Lady Shri Ram Col­lege for Women.

The 22-year-old feels blessed to have a chance to in­ter­act with “incredible” artists on the show, that’s be­ing judged by the likes of mu­si­cians Vishal Dad­lani, Mon­ica Dogra and Eh­saan Noorani. “From par­tic­i­pants to the judges, all of us ap­pre­ci­ate and pro­mote the western mu­sic scene. The judges have been very sup­port­ive and un­der­stand the im­pact a show like this will have,” says Khanna.

“I’m used to singing with my band and per­form­ing my mu­sic, but I haven’t ever sung cov­ers on stage with a back­ing track or been judged for it. I’m lov­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence,” adds the singer, who has be­come a house­hold name, win­ning praise not just on the show, but so­cial me­dia as well. “The sup­port is over­whelm­ing. Peo­ple have started recog­nis­ing me as an artist from live TV. Tele­vi­sion re­ally takes you to ev­ery house­hold. I’m get­ting a lot of en­cour­age­ment and crit­i­cism, and many have tweeted and sent me mes­sages, say­ing that I’m their favourite. What else can an artist ask for!” says Khanna.

It’s amaz­ing that there’s an au­di­ence that prefers and ap­pre­ci­ates English mu­sic. I’m glad that we are now cater­ing to that sec­tion of mu­sic lovers

Ka­mak­shi Khanna, singer

Ka­mak­shi Khanna (third from left) dur­ing a per­for­mance with her band

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