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‘I haven’t been credited for so many of my songs’

music Updated: Nov 10, 2008 18:03 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times
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You've been singing for several animation movies.
Singing for animation movies isn't different from singing for the regular movies. Usually, we are told about the actor and the situation.

In animation, the character is explained to us. For example, in Roadside Romeo, it was a dog… so I fixed my tone to sing like one.

Being a mimic, why don't you dub for such movies?
I've recently dubbed for an upcoming Shemaroo animation movie. I initially started off as a dubbing artiste for Sanjeev Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher and so many others.

But dubbing strains your vocal chords, which affects your singing. So I've cut down on my dubbing assignments.

But you've also cut down your singing assignments.
I sing a lot.. but since I sing in different voices, people don't realise it's me. Though some of my songs like Jhankaar and Khallas have been hits, the credit has gone to others. Even in Ashaji's album, The Real R D, 12 songs were sung by me, but no one noticed.

Being a senior artiste how do you allow that?
In India, there’s no law to protect singers against injustice. We've protested many times but producers, music directors and music companies blame one another and we suffer. We don't even get royalty for our songs.

Wouldn't you like to sing in your everyday voice more often?
I started my career 25 years ago by singing in different voices. It's difficult to change that image now. I try to convince some composers at times but if they don't agree, I don't argue. I don't mind that actually. I enjoy changing voices.. I'm in the business of entertaining people.

You judged K for Kishore last season. Any plans of Season two?
I haven't been approached yet. But I am judging a Marathi comedy show called Hasya Samrath on Zee Marathi and the Marathi Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs.

Which reality shows do you like?
I prefer a pure musical reality show. I like real competitions.. not crying and fighting with co-judges. True artistes don't do that.

Judges don't have the right to put down contestants. I feel very hurt when I see big judges abusing kids and newcomers.

Your son, Siddhant, has taken up singing too.
Yes.. I’m very proud of him. I've been training him in Hindustani classical since he was five. He's in the tenth standard now, and recently won an inter-school rock contest.

I'm teaching him all aspects of music. (Laughs) I won't stop him if he wants to sing in Bollywood or if he wants to be a rockstar.

You recently sang for a holistic living foundation. Are you a spiritual person yourself?
As a musician, it feels good to give so‘I haven’t been credited for so many of my songs’mething back to the society. The Sadguru Mangeshda Kriya Yoga isn't only a spiritual foundation.. it spreads awareness about causes like cleanliness, health and adoption.

Will you ever turn composer?
If I were to do that, other composers won’t call me. I've been getting acting offers as well. I’ll continue playback singing and performing on stage.. I enjoy that. At the moment, I'm happy singing for Marathi and Bhojpuri movies. You'll hear me next in Sadiyaan and Aladdin.