A musical genius!
Arijit Singh talks about his upcoming Pune concert, the experience of performing live and why he doesn’t feel restricted as a singer
One of Bollywood’s most-sought-after singer-composer-music producers is all set to perform in Pune and fans are going beserk. After all, not everyday you have Arijit Singh performing in the city! The popular singer known for his soulful voice is set to perform live on February 3 at Mahalaxmi Lawns, Nagar Road, near Kharadi Bypass.
The Royal Stag Mega Music Arijit Singh MTV India Tour is a concert series produced by Wizcraft. He started his first-ever 10-city India tour with Kolkata, followed by Chandigarh and now he will perform in Pune. Arijit, who was eliminated from music reality show Fame Gurukul in 2005 but later found a firm footing in Bollywood, says that the music tour is a team attempt to do something they haven’t tried before and they are leaving no stone unturned to make the concert memorable for fans. Here’s chatting up Arijit prior to the show:
A special element
Arijit is performing in Pune for the second time. Ask him how excited he is about performing here considering he got a tremendous response in Kolkata for his ongoing tour and he says, “The tour is the biggest one ever. The band and the technical team are working very hard to make everything perfect. If we achieve what we are working on, then it’s going to be an amazing experience for everyone. Along with the crowd feeling happy, we will feel proud too. We are trying to attempt something we have never done before. The effect that GiMA Concert Series will create will stay in people’s memory for long,” he says. However, the talented artist refuses to share the tracks he will sing. He says, “It will be a surprise for the audience in Pune. I just want them to come and be my guest. But my concert will have a special element for them.”
Interacting with The audience
For most artists, performing live on stage gives a different kind of kick. The crowd participation, instant reaction makes the whole process very interesting. Arijit maintains that for him, performing live is like inviting people over for a house party where he can sing his heart out while people around him join in. “When I am on stage, I make sure to interact with the audience,” he quips.
A great 2017
The last year was a successful one for Arijit with hit tracks like Enna Sona (OK Jaanu), Zaalima (Raees), Yeh Ishq Hai (Rangoon), Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga/ Pal Bhar (Half Girlfriend), Ullu Ka Pattha/ Galti Se Mistake/ Jhumritalaiyya/ Phir Wahi (Jagga Jasoos), Beech Beech Mein/ Safar/ Hawayein (Jab Harry Met Sejal) and others. “The past year was great. I did some new music. I met so many new musicians from all over the world. Also, we started the All India Tour in 2017 — so of course it has been special,” says Arijit.
No pressure at all
Owing to his huge popularity, there are great expectations from his fans on the types of songs he chooses. Does he sometimes feel the pressure to meet their expectations? “I don’t take any pressure from anyone. I simply put in my best to any project and do not get perturbed by pressure from anyone,” says the award-winning singer.
Not restricted as a singer
Sometimes as listeners we feel that present-day Bollywood is making music in certain types of genres, mostly romantic or fast numbers. Does that restrict him as a singer?
Arijit, who began his career with composer Pritam, says, “Certainly, the songs that are popular are of a certain genre. There are many movies and songs with different genres of music but they do not get as popular as the others. As far as I am concerned, I don’t feel restricted as a singer. I have done various genres and will continue to do so.”
But is there any particular genre or style of music that he wants to explore in the future? “I am still thinking about that. I haven’t tried a couple of genres yet and want to try those but I have to practise first. I will need at least three to four years to get into the genre and sound real and only then can I stay true to it,” he quips.
The singer-composer recently made his directorial debut with a Bengali film Simple Notes. He has co-written the story along with his wife Koyel and the film has been shot against the backdrop of a small village in West Bengal. Do we see him directing more films in the future? “No, not at all. I did one experiment just for myself. But that’s about it,” he says before signing off.
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Catch Arijit Singh live at Mahalaxmi Lawns, Nagar Road, on February 3 from 6.30 pm onwards. Sakal Times is the media partner for the event. Tickets are available on bookmyshow.com