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I'm proud to have crooned a trilingual album: Smita

IANS  Chennai, May 28, 2008
First Published: 18:27 IST(28/5/2008) | Last Updated: 12:20 IST(29/5/2008)

Playback singer Smita is excited about her trilingual albums in which she has sung in three different languages - Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, and says she is proud of her endeavour.

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"I am proud to be the world's first singer to croon a trilingual album. But I am also humbled by the milestone's historic moment of promoting it in Tamil," Smita told IANS.
 
Titled Smita, the albums have nine songs in six different genres.
 
On the sidelines of a media event promoted by a music company, Smita admitted that she was in love with its Tamil version despite her limited knowledge of the language.
 
"Though my mother tongue is Telugu and I speak fluent Hindi, the Tamil version gave me the greatest joy despite a limited knowledge in the language.

"With some help, I comprehended Pa Vijay's lyrics. I can say they are the best of the three as they have been sculpted beautifully into songs with finesse comparable only to the genius of Michelangelo," Smita said.

Smita has been singing for the past nine years and has won a Filmfare award for a Telugu number.

"Though music has no language, it was an obvious challenge for Vijay to render it into Tamil in totally different style - retro-Punjabi, Moorish-Moroccan, a romantic-ballet exposition, pop, Indian-melody and Rajasthani folk, which have sweetly blended into masterpieces," Smita gushed.
 
According to Smita, on a scale of one-to-ten, the songs can compete with the best in the world.

As far as the aesthetic quality of the visuals is concerned, Smita has no worry from the moral police threatening showbiz in Tamil Nadu and Mumbai.
 
"I do not foresee any hassle from anyone because the filming is stylish, yet simple," she pointed out.

The album is choreographed by Bosco-Caesar, whose work was appreciated in the recent Bollywood releases like Jab We Met, Race and Partner. Sajid-Wajid, who have scored music for Welcome, Mujhse Shaadi Karoge, Tere Naam, have composed tunes for the album.

"The three versions will compete with the each other in popularity mainly due to the 391-day-long perseverance of composer duo Sajid-Wajid, choreographers Bosco and Caesar, lavish sets, 261-member troupe including British dancers and of course, my singing effort," said Smita.
 
Negotiations are underway to include the first number of each album as an insertion into future films in each of the three languages and Smita will feature in them and her presence will be billed as "a special appearance".
 
The album has come after a long hiatus for the singer who availed the opportunity to train in Mumbai and Los Angeles in gymnastics to augment her singing and dancing abilities, according to her website.
 
The album's two numbers were filmed in Mumbai and Hyderabad in eight shifts.

Jalees Sherwani and Shabbir Ahmed have penned the Hindi lyrics.

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