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Alisha Shinde
Thursday, 26 April 2018

Ahead of Mika Singh’s performance at Sakal Times Summersault Music Festival, we catch up with him

Known for his immense energy, Mika Singh has given some major hit party songs, starting with Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag to Mauja hi Mauja, Mumbaai and most recently, Ali Ali, among others. The popular singer will be performing on April 29 at Sakal Times Summersault Music Festival presented by Linen King and powered by Suzuki Intruder.

At Mika’s live performances, you wouldn’t find a single person standing still in the audience. He makes sure that they groove but at the same time, he also ensures that each of his songs has a new element and feel to it. Ahead of his performance, Mika chatted with us on various topics.

“Bollywood music has really evolved over the last decade,” the singer says, while talking about the progress Hindi film music has made over the years. “Bollywood is surely producing music at par with, if not better than, its Western counterparts,” he says. 

According to the singer, what certainly creates magic in Bollywood is the unique combination of skilled music directors, singers and producers. We point out to him that many a times our compositions are not original and our music directors draw heavily from the West. “We definitely cannot deny that there is an element of influence in the music we produce here,” he says but adds that while there are similarities, Indians take their music to the next level, simply by adding a regional Indian touch to it.

For quite some time now, Punjabi music has become a front-runner in club music. Mika’s reasoning for this is, “Not just Punjabi music but Punjabi people in general have so much energy in them that you just cannot overlook them. Punjabis can turn any place into a party and any song into a dance number.”

He believes that Punjabi music has been a pivotal part of Bollywood now and it will continue like this for many more years, giving music lovers many more hits. 

There are many Punjabi artists ruling the Indian music scene with their amazing songs. When asked with whom would he like to collaborate, Mika simply says, “I am open to collaborating with all of my younger brothers and artists.” 

He strongly believes that they are all individually talented artists and are doing amazingly well. He adds that he wishes them all the best and all the success they deserve.

Mika has not only left a mark in the music industry but he has also been very vocal when it comes to the issues India has been grappling with. Talking about the instances when certain politicians wanted Bollywood to ban Pakistani artists, Mika believes that art should not be divided on the basis of political and geographical differences. “Art is one of the few remaining fields in the world where class, background, culture differences between people do not matter. We should continue to keep it this way and not put politics in it.”

Talking about the constant trolling on social media faced by celebrities, for voicing their opinions or even for not taking a stand on certain issues, Mika says, “Artists become soft targets in such cases. While some do take a stand on topics that they strongly feel about, there are times when they choose not to. That should be our choice.” 

He says that we all live in a democratic country where each and every person should have the freedom to express or not to express their views.

As for his Pune performance, Mika is all pumped up. He says he will be performing all his old, new and a few upcoming songs. “I cannot wait to be there with the loving audience,” he says.

His message for the Punekars is — “Pune, be ready to rock with me, Mika Singh, the King of Indipop. I cannot wait to perform for you guys and be in your city! I absolutely love it!”
So, get set for a rocking evening this Sunday!

ST Reader Service
Sakal Times Summersault Music Festival, presented by Linen King and powered by Suzuki Intruder, will be held at Shiv Chhatrapati Krida Sankul, Mahalunge, Balewadi, on April 28 and 29, 6.30 pm onwards. Tickets are available at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud, Balgandharva Rangmandir, JM Road, Tilak Smarak Mandir, Tilak Road, Ram Krishna More Prekshagruha, Chinchwad, from 9-11.30 am and 5-8 pm; Girikand Travels, Bhandarkar Road, Deccan Gymkhana, from 10 am-6 pm, and Sakal office, Budhwar Peth, from 11 am-6 pm. Tickets are also available on bookmyshow.com

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