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Chat Singer Shilpa Rao on expressing herself through music

Right notesShilpa Rao
Right notesShilpa Rao

Ever since she began her music career with ‘Tosey Naina Laage’ in Anwar, there has been no looking back for Shilpa Rao. The Jamshedpur girl has gone on to deliver several hits such as ‘Khuda Jaane’ ( Bachna Ae Haseeno ), ‘Saiyaan Re’ ( Salaam-e-Ishq ) and the more recent ‘Manmarziyan’ ( Lootera ).

Shilpa, who has crooned for the Telugu and Tamil versions of English Vinglish, says: “Language is not much of a barrier when it comes to music. Even without knowing the language you can understand what the music is trying to convey.”

The singer, who rose to fame with Khuda Jaane, has since worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with so many people. It has been a great learning experience,” she says.

Quiz her on whether there is any particular music director she’d like to work with, and she says: “Vishal Bharadwaj, definitely. I’ve been such a huge fan of his work and talent, and I hope I can be a part of his work some time.”

Work is fun

The singer, who began training under her father, has her hands full with concerts, recordings, TV shows and collaborations with other artistes. But she’s not complaining. “It’s not like work at all. In fact, if you ask any musician, he/she will tell you that life is one big holiday. It’s so much fun. I love to prepare myself for newer things and meet new people. It’s nice to collaborate with different artistes and familiarise myself with their working style,” she says.

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