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‘I REFUSED HOOKAH BAR’

I am messenger of God, spreading the message of Sufism,” says renowned Sufi singer Kavita Seth, who also sings for Bollywood films. Known for singing popular songs like Iktara (Wake Up Sid) and Tumhi Ho Bandhu (Cocktail), she thought her voice wasn’t fit for films.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 22, 2014 11:13 IST
Medha Shri Dahiya

I am messenger of God, spreading the message of Sufism,” says renowned Sufi singer Kavita Seth, who also sings for Bollywood films. Known for singing popular songs like Iktara (Wake Up Sid) and Tumhi Ho Bandhu (Cocktail), she thought her voice wasn’t fit for films. “I used to think my voice wasn’t fit for playback singing. Then, filmmaker Satish Kaushik, came to one of my concerts in Delhi and offered me a song in his film. Later, Mahesh Bhatt also heard my voice and said ‘Wow! Sarhad paar wali awaz hai’. He gave me Mujhe Mat Roko in Gangster. Then, someone suggested that I shift to Mumbai, if I wanted to take my Bollywood career seriously,” she shares about her filmy journey.

Today, people use cuss words also in the songs and keep playing it on the radio and say this is what audience wants. But that’s not true. When I do concerts, people sit through the long hours and enjoy
Kavita Seth, singer Unless I can relate to the songs and the song has a lyrical quality, I can’t sing it. Himesh Reshamiya ji ne bhi Hukka Bar bheja ganey ke liye, but I had to turn it down

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But she is very clear about the kind of songs she wants to sing. “Unless I can relate to the songs and the song has a lyrical quality, I can’t sing it. When Tum Hi Ho Bandhu became a hit, I started getting offers to sing all kinds of offer. Bollywood has a herd mentality. Everyone started sending me songs. Like Himesh Reshamiya ji ne bhi Hukka Bar bheja ganey ke liye, but I had to turn it down. So he said, arey aap ne club song toh gaya hi hai, ye bhi club song hai,” she laughs.

Talking about lyrics, she further says, “Today, people use cuss words also in the songs and keep playing it on the radio and say this is what audience wants. But that’s not true. When I do concerts, no matter what part of the world it is, people sit through the long hours and enjoy.”

Kavita regularly does live concerts world over; she’s now performing at the on-going World Sufi Spirit Festival in Rajasthan. She feels sufi is more than just using maula and allah in a song. “People sing a song or two with words allah in it and call themselves sufi singer, but that’s not true. There has to be a connection with God, in it,” she says.