HYDERABAD: Sanya Lukanovich, from Croatia, is a versatile vocalist who enjoys changing her voice to suit any genre of music, from pop to retro, classic to contemporary, her musical journey has dotted the globe with trailblazing performances across Europe and Asia. Now staying in Hyderabad, she says, “I am a singer and it makes no difference where am I, people will always understand the emotions that I’m sending through my songs.”
“I am a professional singer and since Europe has nothing new to surprise me with, I’ve decided to move to another part of the world. That’s how I landed in Hyderabad. People here are very friendly, so it wasn’t hard for me to find new friends.
Before I moved to Hyderabad, I had no appreciation for the dynamics of the cuisine. Hyderabad is a wonderful city with such a long history and beautiful monuments and delicious food,” says the 36-year-old.“I have heard lots of stories about India, but I do think that person should spend quiet some time in a particular country to tell the real story about it,” she adds, who after performing at the National Music Festival in Europe and hotels and casinos across the globe, is on an Indian tour now.
Cost of living
“Everything in Europe is much more expensive than here, that’s one more thing that makes me happy. People are incredibly hospitable. It is possible to have a comfortable life here and without much money. I took a ride in an auto and it was awesome,” says Sanya, who arrived here on September 25 and will be staying in Hyderabad until June 2015.
During the war in Croatia, she invested a lot of time in raising financial aid for the orphans and war-affected people in Croatia and Bosnia. In India, she has seen a lot of suffering which makes her extremely sad.
She dedicates her free time to various charitable organisations and tries to make a positive difference for children. She wishes to adopt them and give them a happy and safe home. “I have to be honest with you, India is a beautiful and truly incredible country, but I do find it different than my homeland, which is not bad at all. Europe is actually not that great place as people may think. If you’re asking me, the future expats should join the charity foundation in Hyderabad, that’s the nicest thing they and we who are here could do,” says Sanya, who performs at Seasons Bar at Taj Krishna, every evening from 7:30 pm to 11:00. “Children without family and old people begging on the street, without anyone to look after them. That is breaks my heart,” she adds.