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    For singer Sukhwinder Singh, performing unplugged is most relaxing.

    His Bollywood stint began as early as 1986 when he sang a few lines in Subhash Ghai’s Karma but kissed success only in the mid-90s with cult song Chaiyya Chaiyya — a much-needed break offered to him by music maestro AR Rahman. Since then, Sukhwinder Singh has recorded cult songs that include Ramta Jogi (Taal), Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire), Chak De (Chak De India), to name a few.
    Though there are newer and more prolific singers emerging in the industry just about every year, Singh continues to be sought after for his versatile voice, and this is something we will get to witness in season 5 of The Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged, his first appearance on the show. “In my opinion, unplugged shows are not about the instruments but all about the versatility of the performer, and how interesting a twist he can give to the original numbers,” Singh tells us.
    It’s only been about seven or eight months that he’s been doing unplugged shows around the world; his first was in London at the Westend, and he admits to enjoy the style thoroughly. “The experience of unplugged shows are magical, not just for the audience but for the singer too. I recall singing Nasha Hi Nasha Hai for the episode, and for a moment I could feel myself, step away from the performer in me and just listen to my voice. I have never felt this way before. The experience is like taking an early morning walk, and enjoying the sunrise. It’s that relaxing,” he expresses, adding that he hopes to indulge in more unplugged performances and include it as a special feature in his world tours.
    This year, Singh will lend his voice to movies such as Rangoon by Vishal Bharadwaj, Jai Gangajal starring Priyanka Chopra, and another song for AR Rahman.

    January 16. 8 pm onwards on MTV
    — Nandini Kumar

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