Relive the magic of Suneeta Rao’s hits this weekend
We can’t agree more when Suneeta Rao tells us that her fans are transported back to the early 90s when they meet her or chance upon her song Paree Hoon Main. “They are reminded of their younger days,” says the singer-actor-dancer with a smile, while sitting in the green patio of her sister Arati’s house in Indiranagar.
This Saturday, Bengalureans have a chance to relive the ‘nostalgic 90s’, as Rao will perform her hits Ab Ke Baras, Kesariya, and Lage More Naina at The Bflat Bar, which is run by Arati. Soon, she will also release the electronic version of the 1991-chartbuster Paree Hoon Main. In fact, the Indi-pop artiste, who has been very selective about her projects for the last five years, has interesting projects in the offing. “I am working with Mumbai-based Chaitanya Bhaidkar to make Carnatic rock fusion songs. I will be writing its lyrics,” she shares.
Plans to blend ghazals with jazz is up next, as she tells us, “I had met Japanese guitarist, Hideaki Tokunaga in the past. I remember him tripping on my mother’s rendition of ghazals. He had even composed jazz versions of these ghazals. So last year, I got a chance to perform his versions of my mother’s works in China. And this is what I want to take forward now. My songs always have had Indian influences, Lage More had thumri elements, and Indian Girl featured amritavarshini raag.”
Going forward, the avid dancer, who’s learnt Kathakali, Salsa, and Flamenco, plans to resume her Bharatanatyam training that she had given up at the age of 12. She shares, “This time, I went to a Bharatanatyam class in the city, and danced along with my daughter (six-and-a-half-year-old, Maya). I am just uncomfortable with inertia. I like to maintain an active lifestyle. I do yoga, I dance, I love to read, watch movies, and travel. I have also done a certification course in scuba diving. I also want to try other adventure sports, except bungee jumping. Then, I want to write a book. I also want to work more for Laadli (an initiative to help the girl child).”
Before signing off, she quotes John Lenon. “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. So make time-bound goals, and keep learning,” concludes Rao, who is a fan of Lou Reed, Billy Jones, and Amy Winehouse.
July 2. At Indiranagar. 9 pm. Tickets (Rs 499) on bookmyshow.com
— Barkha Kumari