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Vivacious voice

chandigarh Updated: Aug 20, 2012 15:25 IST
Swati Goel Sharma
Swati Goel Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Vivacious singer Shibani Kashyap is giving final touches to her first-ever Punjabi track. The song, Akhiyan Nu Mere Vich Laya Surmani, will be one of the six tracks for the singer's upcoming album, which she plans to release in October. Shibani revealed this during the recently concluded Punjab Fashion Week in Ludhiana, where she walked the ramp as the showstopper for renowned designer Jattinn Kochhar.

The music for the Punjabi song has been given by a promising composer Gaurav Dayal, of Sorry Bhai fame. Notably, Gaurav has delivered a number of successful Punjabi tracks in the past including Dil Le Gayi Kudi, sung by Jasbir Jassi.

The song, Shibani said, is a Punjabi-English dance track which has an international feel to it. "I love Punjabi language and culture. Though I can't converse fluently in the language, it comes naturally to me when I am singing, since I am a Punjabi by caste. I also interact with a lot of Punjabis and a part of my family lives in Jalandhar. You can't make out when you hear it," said the gorgeous crooner, who first came into the limelight with her debut release, Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat, in 1998.

Over the years, Shibani has firmly established herself as a class singer, lending her mellifluous voice to films such as Waisa Bhi Hota Hai II, Mr Ya Miss, Zinda, 1971, Sunday, Maharathi, Sirf and Woodstock Villa.

This apart, Shibani is also known to be a livewire performer on stage.

Her album, yet untitled, comes two years after her last, My Free Spirit, which received rave reviews. "My new album also has a Sufi number, a genre I am most often associated with. There is also a song - Dil Kahe - which is a walk down memory lane, also composed by Gaurav Dayal," shared Shibani, who has earlier cut private albums such as Thodi Thodi Sanj, Nagamagee and Nazakat.

Next, Shibani is busy composing an anthem for Femina Miss India's Golden Jubilee celebration. She is also excited for her song, Azaad Karo, a part of upcoming film Shobhana 7 Nights, starring Raveena Tandon and Rohit Roy.