Television actor Manasi Parekh will soon launch her first music single. She says the thumri, called Saawariya, was originally sung by Govinda’s mother.
“This is a beautiful thumri, which has been with me for a while. It has been our baby. We have changed it, but the inspiration is from Nirmala Deviji (Govinda’s mother) and Lakshmi Shankar,” says Manasi, adding: “We recorded it with brilliant musicians. It is a classical thumri and we infused it with electronica. The video is experimental and it has been a lot of fun.”
Seen in shows like Gulaal and India Calling, the actor who has produced the song, says that it was a daunting task. “It’s been challenging. An artist is usually called on the set when everything is ready... when the cameraman and lighting is in place. But for the video, which I produced with my friend (singer) Jahnvi Srimankar, we did everything on our own,” she says.
Independent music has a lot of avenues in the country, feels Manasi. “I think there is an expanding market for independent music as a lot of avenues like the NH7 Weekender are there now. Even MTV has a show called Roots that supports independent music. I always wanted to show my work on the show, and it is finally happening now,” she says.
Praising independent music culture, Manasi says that it gives artists space to explore and experiment. “Independent music is in your control and you can do whatever you want to. That freedom is very important for an artist,” says the actor, who plans to make more singles along with Jahnvi. “The second song will be very different. It will be experimental. We have started working on it already,” she says.