It takes time and a lot of effort to get good results. Not that this damsel is in any hurry. Life takes its own course for Sona Mohapatra, a singer from Orissa, whose music is a refreshing change from the mindless remix craze.
Recently in the Capital to promote her debut album, Mohapatra she took time off to speak about her success. “It took us two years to complete our album, but I don’t regret spending so much time on it,” says Mohapatra, who started singing at the age of five.
“Every song in the album is very special as each has a personal story behind it and loads of memories.” A BTech graduate and a former brand manager, Mohapatra had a successful career, but she wanted to realise her dream.
“I always wanted to perform before a live audience. Now with my band, I can do that. I did not want to look stupid and land up in Mumbai with no back-up plans. So I studied there and performed regularly whenever I got a chance. That is how I got to know the music circuit in Mumbai,” she explains.
Though the approach was practical, it took her a long time to realise her dream. “But I made so many friends on the way,” she points out. Her talent has been recognised not just in India. The famed band INXS, that toured India earlier this month, heard her sing and agreed to collaborate with her.
“I am really excited about that. The track should be out in the market soon,” she says. She refutes having said that she is trying to revive the music of Orissa. “My music is a mix of all genres. In fact, you cannot really cast my album in any one genre. The only track in which I have put a feel of Orissa is Jai Phulo Re. All the other songs are contemporary. Including two remixes of my own tracks.”
As for what is next on her mind, she says, “We have already started thinking of our second album. Besides, I will be touring with the band to promote Sona. We plan to visit several cities in India and France.”