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Musical vibes

A resident of Delhi, singer Akriti Kakkar of Billu Barber's Marjaani fame, had come to Mumbai with her father. She talks about her house that she now owns in Mumbai.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2009 17:25 IST

My family and I have been staying in this house for the last two years. A resident of Delhi, I came to Mumbai with my father. Initially, we rented a furnished apartment. Strangely, no one rented an apartment to a father-daughter duo, so I had to tell the landlords that my mother would be visiting us occasionally.

Finally, two years ago, we bought our own house in Oshiwara. There are many studios, malls and multiplexes nearby and it is a very lively area. I never wanted a sea-facing flat as I’m very scared of the sight of waves. Also, I’ve heard that if a house is close to the sea, the electronic items in the house stop functioning because of the moisture.

Wallpapers galore
I wanted to keep a low sitting area in the drawing room but my dad wasn’t very keen on it. So we have sofas that occupy so much space that we can’t do much else in the drawing room. On my dad’s insistence, we got black sofas.
We have used a lot of wallpapers because of the leakage problem in Mumbai houses. Every monsoon, we’d have to re-paint the walls so we settled for wallpapers that beautifully cover patches.

Rhythmic reflections
I’ve tried to give the interiors a very musical feel. My favourite piece in the house is an abstract Ganesha. The artifact is a blend of three musical instruments — dholak, taanpura and tabla.

All my house décor items have been picked up from various shops across cities. Like, I bought a few Ganpati idols from a trade fair in Delhi. When in Jaipur, I always shop from this big market near Badi Chaupad and I have picked up artifacts from various exhibitions in Mumbai.

The room adjacent to the kitchen is my creative adda. It is full of colours and I sit here when I am singing/composing or with my friends. I feel my creative output increases, when I sit at this place.

In the blues
My room is painted blue and has stars on the walls. I have twin sisters (13-years-olds), so the bed in the room is custom-made to fit three people. There are also a lot of toys in my room, thanks to my kid sisters. I have outgrown these things!
I like the vibe of this place. It’s very lively. It may not have the mohalla feeling we enjoyed in Delhi, but there are a lot of people from the film industry around. I don’t think I’ll be able to stay in a quiet place for a very long time.

First Published: Feb 20, 2009 17:06 IST