Pratichee Mohapatra, ex-Viva girl, quizzed by Nikhil Taneja...
It’s been three years since your last album, With Love, Pratichee, released.
Yeah, it’s been a long, but a really good journey. The new album, called Kadmon ka Saath, has already released online at indiaaudio.com. We are in talks with labels to release it physically. Unlike my last album, this is not folk-oriented or bubblegum.. in fact, it’s alternative rock.
What were you up to during these years?
(Instantly) Shows! Lots of shows! They are my bread and butter. I had also been modelling on the side. I’ve walked the ramp and modeled for the Nescafe ad. You’ll rarely get a singer who’s successful in ads too, you know!
Are you getting into acting seriously?
Honestly, I want to do it all! Earlier, I used to think I’d just sing, but now I’ve realised that you can’t stem creativity. In fact, before I got into singing, I was a graduate in designing. Now, I want to explore it all. (Laughs) I’m greedy, what to do?
Why haven’t you and sister Sona Mohapatra sung together yet?
She’s got a very different style of music and we are both in completely different spaces. But who knows, we may sing together soon. My younger sister Madhumita also sings.. she’s been singing in the South Indian movies. I’ve got her on my album.
What about collaborating with best friend and Viva ex-bandmate Anushka Manchanda?
(Laughs) We are like a package deal already. We do shows together and we are in each other’s lives way too much. We’re definitely open to singing together!
Do you see Viva getting back together again?
(Goes silent) Well, you know, this is one question I can’t really answer. I don’t see it happening from our end because we all have gotten comfortable in our own thing. If someone has the vision to bring us together, why not?