Singing sensations

HT City’s panel of experts choose their list of five upcoming singers in the Indian music industry. Here’s the verdict...

music Updated: Dec 03, 2010 01:05 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Hindustan Times

Over 50 first-time singers recorded playback songs this past year, but how many of them have it in them to stay the course? We put together a panel of senior musicians — Lalit Pandit, Sajid, Vishal Dadlani, Aadesh Shrivastav and Sunidhi Chauhan — who picked their list of the five most promising singers. Here’s a look at who they chose and what makes them rock!

Mamta Sharma
Age: 29
From: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Claim to fame:Munni Badnaam (Dabangg)
Mamta Sharma is among those lucky ones whose first ever Bollywood number is a blockbuster — none other than Munni Badnaam from Dabbang. Mamta, known to sing on high notes, has been doing stage shows for last 10 years. Talking about her discovery, composer Lalit Pandit says, “She has a great voice and a great attitude too. I liked her voice and thought that it’s best suited for Munni Badnaam.”

Raja Hassan
From: Bikaner, Rajasthan
Claim to fame:Wallah Re Wallah (Tees Maar Khan)
One of the finalists on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007, Raja Hassan belongs to the royal singers of the Jodhpur State. “The show gave me the required recognition but it is my hard work that has paid off,” says Hassan, who has sung in Tees Maar Khan and No One Killed Jessica.

Shashi Suman
From: Patna, Bihar
Claim to fame: Mora Piya (Rajneeti)
This 21 year old is trained in classical singing and was a participant in the Indian Idol Season 5 and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 2009. He ran away from home after his class 10-exams, only to join the Music University in Lucknow. Mora Piya Mose Bolat Nahi from Rajneeti marks his versatility. “Shashi is very talented,” says composer Adesh Srivastava. “It’s a matter of time that he becomes a household name.”

Shruti Pathak
From: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Claim to fame:Mar jaawan (Fashion)
She began long back with the song Leke Pehla Pehla Pyaar from the Baby Doll series. But Mar jaawan in Fashion made her a name to reckon with. Dev D, Luck, Kurbaan and Karthik Calling Karthik followed. “Shruti has a very distinct voice and that’s special,” says Vishal Dadlani.

Monali Thakur
From: Kolkata, West Bengal
Claim to fame:Zara zara (Race)
Being the daughter of Bengali singer-actor Shakti Thakur, the 25 year old has music in her genes. She rose to popularity after being a contestant on the Indian Idol in 2005-06. “I met Pritam and got my break for the songs in Race,” says Thakur, whose recent songs include Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani (Anjaana Anjaani) and Jingle Jingle in Badmaash Company among others. She has also sung for Anu Malik in Jaan-E-Mann.

First Published: Dec 02, 2010 16:17 IST