The year continues to buzz for versatile singer Shibani Kashyap, says Mangala Ramamoorthy
Shibani Kashyap is super busy these days. Her plate is full, or rather overflowing with work. She rode the wave by scoring music and singing in movies like Dus Kahaniyan, Sunday and Woodstock Villa, and now she has crossed the border to sing on Pakistani television.
In months to come, the petite woman will make guest appearances in films, and juggle with international music projects at the same time. And when not working on films, or her albums, concerts keep her hooked throughout the year. “It has been a hectic year. I have started work on a lot of new projects. Hopefully, this streak will continue,” says the 30-something.
This past weekend, Shibani along with singer Anamika and performed at West Gate Mall, Rajouri Garden, on the occasion of World Music Day. The event was organised by Big FM. “It was a wonderful experience to sing along with the kids, some of them were so talented,” recalls the singer, who shot to the limelight with “Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat”.
There is no dearth of days that can be celebrated, from Valentine’s Day to Father’s Day. In such a scenario, what is the value that World Music Day carries? Shibani is quick to answer. “I personally like to celebrate every such day. In the otherwise busy life, it is one day where we can sit back and think about a cause or read about it. More than the musicians, this day is meant for others to realise the value of music. It’s a tribute to music, where every musician is on the same platform. If I can make a difference to someone’s life that one day, then why not celebrate it!”
Shibani is ecstatic about her work in Pakistan, which she completed some time ago. “I have sung the title track for the serial Tumne Chaha Hi Nahin, for music director Farukkh Abid, which is already on air. But other than me there are also singers like Kailash Kher, Shaan and K.K. in the song.” Other than this, she has also recorded the signature track for the newly launched Pakistani TV channel Hum.
But wait there’s more. Shibani has also sung a track in Pakistani singer Faisal Khosa’s new album. “After I heard a song he had sung, Faisal asked me if I would like to sing the female version. I readily agreed. I will head to Karachi soon to shoot for the music video,” explains Shibani.
Her film career is going great guns too. While her songs from Zinda and Waisa Bhi Hota Hai are still being appreciated, she has moved on to do much more. She has just composed a track for the Bipasha Basu-starrer Pankh and Jahnu Barua’s The Great Indian Butterfly and will soon start work on another Sanjay Gupta film Acid Factory.
Shibani is also set to make her acting debut with Main Osama, directed by Faisal Saif. “It is just a small role, where I play myself. Acting in not on my radar, I agreed to do it because Faisal convinced me into it,” she admits.
Giving wings to her dream of going global is Blood Money Trail, an English film produced by the Los Angeles-based production house, Golden Gate Studios. Shibani will sing and compose three numbers for this film on terrorism, which also stars Rajat Kapoor and Harsh Chayya. “This one is a different experience. I need to concentrate on this,” she chips in.
And between all this, Shibani is trying to squeeze time out for her latest album, which she plans to release in September.