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    Shibani Kashyap talks about her brand of music and how she has evolved as a musician

    Before indie-pop merged with Bollywood, the 90s saw a parallel music scene. It was sometime then that Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat, a hit that got singer Shibani Kashyap national fame, released. Though she blames film songs for the downfall of the indie-pop culture, the singer hopped on to the Bollywood bandwagon with her second hit that topped chartsa��Sajna Aa Bhi Jaaa��forthe film,Waisa Bhi Hota Hai in 2003. Besides several other films, the 36-year-old also sang the title song for a Pakistani serial, Mohabbat Jai Bhar Mein, in Urdu. She is currently working on an video album. a�?It is a tribute to yesteryear singer Geeta Dutt, and will release in May. I have worked on films like Plot No 666 and Karoon Toh Kya Karoon, which will also release soon,a�? says Kashyap.
    Natural evolution
    a�?There is no space for indie-pop music and artistes want to be associated only withA� films. I just hope somebody breaks this monotony and gets singers back in action,a�? she says. On the other hand, she is also thankful for the different platforms where singers can showcase their talent. a�?There are so many music festivals that have come up and I also believe that the number of bands have gone up. We have the Raghu Dixit Project and Indian Ocean that have a separate fan following all together,a�? she expresses. The Mumbaikar admits to having evolved as a musician over the years. a�?Over a period of time, my music has become more organic. I used to make synthetic music that involved a lot of electronic sounds. These days I prefer saxophones, violins, guitars and live music. However, it remains high on energy, pumping and heavy,a�? shares Kashyap, who is one of the very few female composers and guitarists in the country.
    Musical influences
    Kashyap has traces of Sufi and jazz in her music and is a fusion admirer. a�?I like different kinds of sound. My brand of music is soulful with elements of jazz, Sufi, qawwali and Eastern influences,a�? shares the singer, who is fond of collaboration. She recently teamed up with the Punjabi star, Mika Singh. a�?Ia��d like to work more with bands like Indian Ocean because that is my kind of music,a�? says Kashyap, who will be performing in the city with her band, Sojourn. The singer travels extensively with them to places like Assam, Delhi and Mumbai. TheyA� are also working on a single.
    At Phoenix Mall, tomorrow, from 7 pm onwards. Tickets from Rs 500. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

    Mrinalini Sundar


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