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From voices to choices

chandigarh Updated: Jun 22, 2012 17:50 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times
World Music Day

One of the most melodious voices in the 1990s, Udit Narayan understands why he is not a popular voice in today's Bollywood.

In Chandigarh on Thursday for his performance as part of the World Music Day celebration, he says, "We must understand that the film industry is not what it used to be, and it is also difficult to analyse why singers these days cannot reign industry for 20-30 years as the legendary singers of the past did."

"Every section of our society wants to listen to different music and the choices are available now. The popularity of different genres, including item songs such as Munni, signifies the change," he says, while reflecting, "But I have been fortunate as an artiste to be one of the top voices in Hindi film industry for two decades. It makes me happy that people still remember many of my songs."

"The recent changes have also gone in my favour," says the singer who is trying something that he had not earlier. "Today, I am singing in different languages," says the singer who stresses that it does not matter how music has changed today or how as a society have we started listening to different kinds of music, it is melody that remains unaffected.

"Today's music gives us a momentary high but when we listen to the likes of Lataji and Rafi, we are addicted forever," says Udit whose major break in the film industry came with Aamir Khan's debut film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. And, he wishes, "Main chahta hun ki main qayamat tak gaata rahon (I want to sing till my last breath) I can't live without a studio!"

He says that he feels happy to see so many talented singers today and thinks that it is easy to show caliber these days because of the many platforms available.

"As I said there is much more space to show talent and carve niche for different voices," signs off the singer whose song, Gun Gun Guna Re, from Agneepath was a recent hit.