Gifted with a mellifluous and intense voice, Shraddha Pandit has made a place of her own in the world of music. Whether it is the chartbuster ‘Rang Deeni’ from Dev, ‘Jigad ka Tukda’ from Ladies Vs Rickey Behl or her songs from Delhi 6, Heroine and now Satyagraha, she has made an entire generation sway to her tunes.
‘Aiyo Jee’, a situational song in the film Satyagraha, is my first item number. The song, rendered by Salim Merchant is very soulful. However, it is blended with fast beats and it has a Sufi and classical touch. The song ‘Aiyo Ji’ depicts desperation for love. I have worked with Salim-Suleiman many times before. It’s a very different bond. Luckily, we have a great track-record. They put in a lot of emotions in the tunes and the lyrics too are rich in emotions. And as a singer, I have learnt a lot from them.
The Journey so far
From being a child artiste to singing for the lead actresses today - it has been quite an experience. I want my musical journey to go on forever as I feel I have just begun. I embraced Hindustani classical music as a legacy from my grandfather Pandit Pratap Narayan. I got an opportunity to sing for Khamoshi because of Jatin-Lalit. My association with A R Rahman is equally special to me.
Use of Technology
Technology has made the process of music making far more easier. People now like experimenting and it’s easy to sing. But, in the end it’s the quality of your voice that counts. I always focus on bringing new elements to my songs. When I am recording for a song, there are no deviations or digressions. I keep my focus and internalise each and every word. Singing a song well is my passion.
I think album industry is dead. Nobody buys CDs. The world has become much smaller. There is revenue from the digital world. But, it doesn’t ensure singers taking all the effort to bring their own music albums.
I think these shows bring fresh talent to the industry. It is encouraging for the youngsters from all across the country as many participants have turned playback singers. So, it works as a platform for the aspiring talents.
Practice a lot. Music demands dedication. The more you practice, the more you blossom. Bollywood is a huge industry. It’s difficult to sustain here and for that, one needs to keep improvising.
I can’t reveal about them. For now, you can tune in to Coke Studio next (Season3) on MTV to enjoy my songs.
Satyagraha released on August 30.