Planning on attending a karaoke night at any of the city’s open-mic venues? Here’s a novel way to hone your singing skills if you don’t want to get booed off the stage. Mumbai siblings, Hitesh (28) and Vikram Mehta (24) run a website www.singchana.com that caters to karaoke gaming. What’s with the name? “Sing-chana being a popular Indian snack, allows for an inexpensive way to nourish yourself. Our website too is an inexpensive way to entertain yourself,” says Hitesh. Roughly a year old, the website has seen activity primarily via word of mouth, through social networking and by partnering with colleges.
The website boasts of over 15,000 registered members and features a growing repository of songs to sing along to. After singing a song online, you get a score based on how close your voice is to the original. This score can be compared with other users, and, if you choose, you can even have your track saved for others to listen to. The duo has roped in talent from Tokyo and Denmark to handle the technology that involves speech recognition.
A glimpse at the site’s top charts shows that Justin Bieber’s Baby and Shakira’s Waka waka are some of the top songs that people are crooning. Music is categorised by genre and a search is included too. You can take your pick from Pink Floyd, The Beatles and AC/DC in the rock section to Scissor Sisters and David Guetta, in the electronic music bracket.
“Old hindi songs, especially those of Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar are the crowd-favourites. This is probably because people recollect those songs very easily. If you can’t find anything of your choice, don’t miss the request feature where you can ask for a song of your choice,” Hitesh adds.