Arjun learns from contemporaries, draws inspiration from seniors
Singer-songwriterArjun Kanungo prefers learning from his contemporaries rather than seeing them as competition. He says that it has always helped him better his craft.
“Jubin Nautiyal, Arijit Singh, Amit Mishra, Jonita Gandhi, and Neeti Mohan are my favourite singers. I find their voice quality amazing. The way they add emotion to the songs they sing makes me listen to them again and again. Every time I listen to their new renditions, I feel I’m learning something new,” says Arjun, who is known for songs such as Khoon Choos Le (Go Goa Gone; 2013), and his single Baaki Baatein Peene Baad (2015) in collaboration with rapper Badshah.
At the same time, Arjun draws inspiration from music veterans Asha Bhosle and AR Rahman. The singer has earlier spoken about how he got his first break as a professional guitarist in Asha Bhosle’s band. He also narrated the incident when she asked him to sing for her and when he did, she praised his vocal talent.
“When I worked with her at her studio or performed with her, I evolved both as an artist and a performer. Asha ji would be excited about every performance and tour. Her patience and passion for her craft touches you,” he says emotionally. About AR Rahman, he says, “He has been one of the biggest influences of my life. He is the one who inspired me to write, compose, and sing my own songs.”