In her 15-year-long career, singer Chinmayi Sripada has sung in several languages, for various regional and Bollywood films. She has also been nominated for a National Award.
“The latest is that I have become popular for singing an item number, a genre I am still getting used to,” laughs Chinmayi, who is getting compliments for singing Mera Naam Meri, which has been picturised on actor Kareena Kapoor Khan in an ­upcoming film.
And she thoroughly enjoyed singing the ­foot-tapping number. “I have sung Maiyya Maiyya (Guru) too. And what I like about these so-called ­item-numbers is the ­energy level, which is very different from my other songs,” says the Mast Magan (Two States) and Titli (Chennai Express) singer.
The 30-year-old, who has recorded in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerela and Karnataka, too, says that ­singing for Bollywood is fun. “Bollywood has a ­pretty chilled out approach. For instance, we don’t wear shoes inside the studio, there is a strict behavioural protocol to be followed in the regional studios. While here in Bollywood, it is more ­informal.
And when I make those observations, it is not to say one is better than the other, it’s just how the approaches are ­different,” says the singer who got her first break when she was all of 14 or so, and also got to sing for none other than Oscar Award wining composer AR Rahman.