She is, inarguably, one of the most talented classical musicians in the country. Yet, unlike many of her contemporaries, Shubha Mudgal doesn’t sing for films too often. "I am not a playback specialist," she admits. However, she doesn’t consciously "stay away from Bollywood". "As and when music directors have approached me to sing for films, I have had no hesitation in accepting their offers," says the singer, who has crooned tracks like Chunari mein Daag for Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) and Jal De for Jal (2013), in the past.
Mudgal, whose hit pop songs from the late ’90s — Ali More Angna, Ab Ke Sawan and Seekho Na, among others — are still remembered by her fans, enjoys performing at concerts. Her most recent gig took place on August 16 at a venue in Mumbai.
Currently, she is busy working on a new single titled Betabiyaan. “I have just finished recording it with three Delhi-based musicians — Srijan Mahajan, Nikhil Mallik and Arsh,” she says.
While many feel that due to the popularity of western classical genres and electronic music, sub genres like dadra and thumri don’t have a lot of young following, the singer claims otherwise. She says her “experience with the genres has been very encouraging”. “I have always had full houses, and enthusiastic listeners for thumri and dadra whenever I have performed at festivals,” she says.
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