She’s got no Bollywood hits to her credit and her last Indipop album released almost a decade ago.
Yet, the kind of hysteria Falguni Pathak generates among her fans around this time every year, when she comes out of hibernation, is astounding. The singer hasn’t earned the moniker of Dandiya Queen for nothing. Die-hard fans travelled to Gujarat in 2010 when she forsook Mumbai to perform in the state. Any musician will tell you how her indefatigable energy on stage and performances that last several hours are considered benchmarks for aspiring artistes.
In this interview, Falguni, who delivered chartbusters like ‘Yaad piya ki aane lagi’ and ‘Maine payal hai chhankai’ in the late ’90s, talks about keeping a low profile and her upcoming projects.
You will be performing in the central suburbs (Ghatkopar) for the first time. Why did it take you so long to sing for the audiences there?
I always wanted to perform there and I’m excited to be playing this year. All this while, the organisers that I have been associated with the past many years never hosted a show in that part of the city. So it’s great to be back, also because Ghatkopar has a sizeable Gujarati population. In fact, it was in here that I attended a Navratri show for the first time in 1987.
You shot to fame with your Indipop albums. Why haven’t you released one in the past decade?
Music records don’t support artistes anymore; there’s no money in albums. But yes, maybe after this Navratri season, I’ll think about one.
Unlike your contemporaries, such as singers Mohit Chauhan, KK and Shaan, you never ventured into Bollywood playback singing. Why?
I never sincerely pursued a career in Bollywood. I’m not the kind of person who will get into this bhaag-daud (chaotic life). Plus, there’s too much competition in the industry.
Being a folk artiste yourself, what do you have to say about the music shows that highlight experimental music? Would you be interested in being a part of such projects?
I love all the songs that they’ve come out with. If I receive an offer, I would love to be a part of it.
What do you have to say about the changing sounds of Bollywood?
I’m loving it! I enjoy the kind of songs that are being produced these days.
Who is your favourite artiste from the current crop?
I really like (singer) Divya Kumar. He’s doing very well in the industry.