For singer Sonu Niigam there's hardly anything that remains to be achieved. Starting a career at a young age and shooting to fame instantly have made him more than happy.
But his journey as a musician doesn't stop here. He is ready to reinvent himself as someone who the new generation will remember in the days to come. In town to perform at the Big FM Sing With Sonu concert on Saturday, he spoke to HT City.
Have you cut down on playback singing or are today's music directors ignoring you?
I have consciously cut down on singing. I will always remain a singer but I'm out of the competition. And I don't have any problem with that.
Isn't playback singing your forte?
As a singer I was ambitious but I can control my desires. There's no end to achievement, so I slowed down. Those who don't have control over their desires are insane. I am not.
So, what are you?
I am a simple sort who takes life as it comes. I'm a relaxed human being. When I sleep, I'm like a baby. I don't get nightmares, only wonderful dreams.
You're sounding overconfident.
See, I'm doing live shows and cutting albums. I even feel satisfied judging talent hunt shows. When I started Sa Re Ga Ma, there was no public voting... the winners are big names in the industry now. I have always stood besides new singers. The new actors are written about but not the singers.
Are you trying to reinvent yourself?
I don't need to prove any point.
Didn't you do the album Classically Mild to prove a point?
I was brought up in a family where light pop music was in the air but I always had an inclination towards classical music. When I'm old, I can tell my grandchildren that I did a classical album.. instead of telling them that classical music is dying.
Is classical music dying?
It can always be revived. One has to take the initiative. How many people know about such great singers as Ajoy Chakraborty or Rashid Khan? They know more about those half-naked actors, many of whom disappear after just one film.