Popular playback crooner Alka Yagnik has decided not to force her 20-year-old daughter Syesha Kapoor to become a singer, though she’s been formally trained. The reason: her daughter has other aspirations. “Syesha sings excellently, but she doesn’t aspire to become a singer. As a mother, I can’t force her to sing professionally. She likes it as a hobby and I’m cool with that,” beams Alka, who has completed over two decades as a playback singer in Bollywood. Her daughter is studying at a university abroad and, at the end of her course, will be a qualified marketing professional.
“Marketing was always her area of interest. Years ago, my parents respected my aspirations and today, my daughter is a young adult, and I respect hers,” says the singer, who recently returned to the tube with the Zee TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs. Alka judged the show in its previous edition too with singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya.
The only difference between the two seasons is that then she was a mentor, and now she is a Mahaguru. “The principles of judging a kids show remain the same. You have to be gentle even when you have to tell them to exit. I’m not finding my role any tougher or easier.”
As a Mahaguru, does she also have to attend to the ego clashes between the judge-mentors on the show — Adnan Sami, Javed Ali and Kailash Kher? “I don’t ever see them fighting. In fact, I sometimes feel that they help the kids in each other’s teams do better,” she asserts. “They’re mature singers and have had their share of reality shows. They may agree or disagree on certain issues, but beyond that, they get along like a house on fire.”