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AM­RITA KAK, 28 Singer

India Today - - SIMPLY MUMBAI -

Meet Am­rita Kak who is the fe­male voice in the song ‘ Love me, love me’ from Wanted (2008) and ‘ Char­ac­ter dheela’ from Ready (2011). Ev­ery song that Kak has sung so far has made it to the top of the chart­busters. She made her de­but with the

song ‘ Just chill’ from the film Maine Pyaar Kyun

Kiya (2005).

THE JOUR­NEY In early 2005, Kak got her first break while study­ing Hu­man­i­ties at St Xavier’s Col­lege. She au­di­tioned for mu­sic com­posers Sa­jidWa­jid, who were so im­pressed with the qual­ity of her voice and style of singing that they of­fered her the op­por­tu­nity of break­ing into Bol­ly­wood with

the song ‘ Just chill’.

TRAIN­ING MEA­SURES Kak learned Hin­dus­tani Classical at Mayo Col­lege Girls’ School in Ajmer. Later she was trained by Jaipur based Maand singer Bano Begum. How­ever, it was only af­ter Kak’s ca­reer as a play­back singer took off that she de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in im­prov­ing her skill. Cur­rently she is tak­ing fur­ther train­ing lessons in Hin­dus­tani Classical singing un­der Sar­faraz Khan.

THE MEN­TOR Ac­tor Sal­man Khan is Kak’s guid­ing light. She was a shy per­son and was not com­fort­able singing in front of peo­ple. “It was a big bat­tle for me. One needs to be smart in this in­dus­try,” she says. But Sal­man made her com­fort­able, ask­ing her to sing im­promptu while meet­ing at the mu­sic stu­dio or his house.

Con­tact: am­ri­takak@gmail.com

sec­ond opinion

“Her voice tex­ture is husky and authen­tic. She un­der­stands the por­trayal of a song and is in­quis­i­tive about every­thing.”

SA­JID KHAN, MU­SIC COM­POSER

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