Singer Kanika Kapoor on the singers she loves, the music genres she’d like to explore and how she manages to sing songs in languages she does not know.
Birthday: August 21
School/college: Loreto Convent and Modern School Lucknow
First break: Jugni Ji (2012)
High point of your life: When I had my first child
Low point of your life: Will never come
If not a singer, you’d have been...
I can’t think of being anything else.
A favourite from among your songs...
Da Da Dasse from Udta Punjab (2016)
You are a Lucknow girl who has sung songs in Punjabi and now even Bengali and Kannada. How do you prepare for them?
I sit down and learn them and make them my own.
Who are the singers you love?
Reshma Ji (of the Lambi judaai fame), Ila Arun and Shubha Mudgal.
What song best describes your current state of mind?
Phir le aaya dil from Barfi (2012)
On a bad hair day, you...
Wear a cap or make a bun
A classic song you wish you had sung:
Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein from the film Kabhi Kabhie (1976).
A parenting lesson you learnt the hard way...
One thing about life that you’ve learnt from your parents...
To always be true to yourself.
Something about you that not many people know...
I can be quite the comedienne.
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be?
My children’s names
London or Mumbai — which city do you prefer?
Three apps that you can’t do without...
Airbrush, Saavn and Instagram
An unexplored music genre you’d like to try.
Your go-to fitness routine...
Which social networking app do you use often, and which is the one that you are still to master?
I use Instagram a lot. I am yet to get the hang of Snapchat.
A superpower you wish you had...
The ability to fly
A gadget you cannot do without...
What cheers you up when you are feeling low?
Live shows or studio recording — which do you enjoy more?
Three things that are always in your handbag...
Blush, lip balm and perfume
The best advice you ever got...
To be thankful for what I have
What makes your day?
A constructive morning that consists of yoga, meditation and music practice.
One thing you’d like to change about the world...
Rid it of terrorism
Happy by Pharrell Williams
It’s simply about being happy. The song celebrates joy and lifts my mood.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody by
This famous single by the pop queen is always on my playlist.
Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon
It is a song full of energy and life.
Party on my mind from Race 2 (2013)
One of my favourite Bollywood party numbers.
London thumakda from Queen (2014)
A song which definitely gets the thumkaas on the dance floor.
From HT Brunch, July 31, 2016
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