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`I try not to imitate my father'


No. But I try to be as dedicated as dad Bhavadarini

PHOTO: SHAJU JOHN

Music director Bhavadarini and singer Shalini have things in common. Both were quick off the block, accomplishing a fair deal even as teenagers. Both are trying to shrug off tags (`Pop Shalini' and `Ilaiyaraja's daughter') that don't do justice to their talent and individuality. And both are newly weds . The two got together for a Take Two and Prince Frederick recorded the conversation.

Shalini: How was your `thala' Deepavali?

Bhavadarini: Nothing much to write home about. How was yours?

Shalini: I burst crackers after 10 years. I had kept fireworks out of Deepavali because I believed children were engaged in their manufacture. Even now I haven't strayed away from my resolution. I used fireworks which had a "Say No To Child Labour" on their cover.

Bhavadarini: I'm yet to give up crackers, made by children or adults, because I haven't burst one till date (laughs).

Shalini: How's dad?

Bhavadarini: Busy as usual. Hey, you must be knowing better because you are working with him now (Ilaiyaraja scores music and Shalini sings for the film `Madhu'). Isn't he a tough taskmaster?

Shalini: You know what! He sang the tracks, recorded them in a CD and asked me to practise till I got it the way he wanted it. He's such a stickler for perfection, whenever I see him I experience a mixture of awe and fear.

Bhavadarini: Being his daughter doesn't make it any different for me.

Shalini: Are you weighed down by expectations because you are his daughter?

Bhavadarini: No. Probably because I've never tried to imitate him. But I try to be as dedicated to the profession as he is.

Shalini: And you are a successful music director in your own right. How did it feel to receive the National Award?

Bhavadarini: It was a big shot in the arm.

Shalini: Awards are confidence builders. But I am fine if they don't come my way.

Bhavadarini: That's a mature attitude. I believe an artiste should be more focussed on his art.

Shalini: You seem to be experimenting a lot with your music.

Bhavadarini: Yes, that's because of the projects I've been involved with so far. Because of their themes, Revathi's `Mitr My Friend', `Giya Giya' (a Kannada film), `Avunna' (a Telugu film) and `Phir Milenge' (in which she has scored the background music and a song) called for a different musical treatment. Hey, tell me, what was it like working with me (for the film `Kathirupen')?

Shalini: You know I had a terrific time. Because you're easy-going and not as serious as your dad. I just hope the film hits the screen soon. True to its title, it's making us both wait. (Both laugh)

Bhavadarini: That's a good one!

Shalini: I think your sense of humour has rubbed off on me.

Bhavadarini: Are you okay with singing songs that, well, border on vulgarity? I haven't had to set tunes to such lyrics so far. Touch

wood.

Shalini: I'll walk out. I've done so a few times. I don't have anything against the 6-8 beat. I've done a few nice ones. I think you can do service to it, even with lyrics that reflect nice sentiments.

Bhavadarini: Me too. Hey, when are you going to make your own compositions and stop singing others'?

Shalini: Let me first get out of the `Pop' Shalini image - I sing a lot more than pop. I'll definitely score music one day.

Bhavadarini: I'll be happy to welcome you to the club.

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