Singer Shweta Pandit tells Suranjana Biswas that she is equally excited about rap, Bollywood music and independent projects
Shweta Pandit has seen an entire generation of musicians, thanks to her career that took off years ago. “I started my career with Mani Ratnam’s film Anjali and continued singing as a child artiste. Some of my songs were with Mr Zakir Hussain, also in films like Pardes. It’s been quite a journey since then because I have seen an era where singers were chosen on the basis of their talent. Today, because of technological advancements, everybody is replaceable. I have seen a huge change in terms of how singers are thought of today. The training of a singer has no importance. Also, it is just so difficult to figure out who has sung which song, and everybody is trying to fit into the technology,” says the veteran.
She is also not a fan of remixing old songs. “Many songs which were of great lyrical value and melody are being remixed. A love song is changed into a dance song and shot in a grander way. It is difficult to make a new song with the same amount of lyrical value and melody,” she remarks.
Yet, she says, she is open to new trends. “I’m fond of the rap culture. My song You are my love had a rap portion and I really liked it. Every generation is going to add something new. Maybe rap is the need of the hour. People might not know a singer but they will know the name of a rapper.”
Pandit discusses the reality behind reality shows. “Initially on reality shows, there was no voting system. People watching the show didn’t vote. The judges took all the calls, decided who the winner was. Today, reality shows have become films, where the journey of a singer is shown, and a lot of emotion is portrayed. It takes away from the main subject. From an artiste’s point of view, I am not a fan of such shows. People want to see real art and how one delivers.”
She adds, “I think you will see more and more independent singers coming up with their personal compositions. Even Shreya Ghosal has done an individual song; I will soon be coming up with my own song. There are a lot of composers I would like to work with like Amit Trivedi, Tanishk Bagchi, Amaal Malik, and others.