Moving on from Baby Doll

Singer Kanika Kapoor wants to get out of her comfort zone and make classical music

Ians March 01, 2015
Kanika has given chart-toppers, the most recent being ‘Chitiyaan Kalaiyaan’. PHOTO: FILE

NOIDA: After getting recognised for her hit peppy numbers, singer Kanika Kapoor says she will now sing more of classical Indian numbers this year to popularise the genre in the Hindi film industry. “I will bring classical music back very soon... This year people will listen to more of it from me. I have my Youtube channel coming up which will demonstrate some classical tracks which I’m creating,” Kanika told.

The 33-year-old, who had shot the music video of localised version of internationally known DJ Alesso’s single ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’, said that the music trends are driven by the listeners. Stressing on the fact that Indian classical is her ‘personal favourite’, she said: “It doesn’t mean that people should like it too. They have their own personal choice  — some like classical, others like Sufi — it all depends on listeners’ choice.

“People who like classical music don’t like the commercial tracks. Much of the Indian listeners are not aware of the classical songs and they feel happy being restricted to peppy ones. Music makes one happy, it de-stresses the mind. So, a typical genre doesn’t should be dependent on the listener and what he wants to listen.”

Kapoor also said the Indian music market has widened the scope for young singers to showcase their talent. “Indian music industry has opened up to new singers. It has widened a lot. Earlier, there were only Lataji (Lata Mangeshkar), Ashaji (Asha Bhosle) and Alka Yagnikji, but now listeners look forward to listen to new singers,” she added. However, she feels that the dominance of film music has made it tough for singers to come out with their own singles.

Kanika Kapoor

Recently, Kapoor received a positive response for her singles ‘Chhil Gaye Naina’ and ‘Desi Look’, and soon she will be seen cheering up for the Indian cricket team, who are currently vying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia, with her Hindi version of the song ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’, to be released by Universal Music India. Talking about the track, she added: “It’s a fun version of the song that we have made for our cricket team. It will give moral support and strength to them. I hope that India retains the World Cup.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, March  2nd, 2015.

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