Singing for a cause

Singers Shubha Mudgal and Sarathi Chatterji’s much-admired student Sonam Kalra is all set to woo the audience with her gig at The Lalit, this Sunday. But it’s not just another act. The proceeds of the event will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI).

The 35-year-old singer known for her gospel pieces, ballads and jazz acts says, “The members of the MSSI work tirelessly to help people afflicted by this disease and I’m glad to be able to help in my own small way.”

Kalra left her advertising job to learn classical Hindustani music. She tells us about her childhood years. “My mother, who used to sing for me, made sure there was always music in the house.

I used to listen to Begum Akhtar sitting in her lap as a child.” The lady’s choice of singers is eclectic. “I like women with powerful voices,” says Kalra who admires Begum Akhtar, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Shobha Gurtu and Farida Khanum.

Ask her about her future plans and the lady seems to have made her choice. “I hope to be always singing. My only plan is to sing and hopefully get better, learn more and evolve as I go along this wonderful journey of music.” Well, we wish you all the best.

Sonam Kalra performs at The Lalit, Connaught Place on March 15. 6:30 pm onwards.

 

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