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Jasleen Royal: There’s a lack of female music composers in India

Jasleen Royal

Jasleen Royal  

Music composer and singer Jasleen Royal points out that there are very few female composers in the Indian music industry. “I want to see more women in key roles in our music industry. I want to see them taking Indian music scene to a higher level. Today, the situation is better — more female solo singers have come up, but there is still a lack of female composers,” says Jasleen.

Jasleen who is the voice behind hits such as ‘Love you zindagi’ (Dear Zindagi) and ‘Nachde ne saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho), had created singles like ‘Panchhi ho javan’, ‘Mai ni’ and ‘Din shagna da’ before stepping into Bollywood. She had also appeared in the first season of the reality TV talent hunt show India’s Got Talent. One the show, she was given the tag of a one-woman band as she is able to collectively play different musical instruments while singing.

While recalling her journey so far and how she carved a niche for herself, Jasleen got emotional: “I am really grateful for all the opportunities and to the people who gave me work. It’s been a long journey. I got a chance to work with Karan Johar sir and Zoya Akhtar ma’am at an initial stage of my career,” she said.

Jasleen believes in creating good music and paying less attention to the result. “There were days when I felt like my songs were not working. I started doubting myself. I remember when ‘Din shagna’ came out, initially it didn’t do well. Then, suddenly a few months later when Anushka-Virat got married, the song was playing in the background of their videos and it became viral! It was playing everywhere. I made a jingle for Paytm and it became viral after demonetisation. So, I believe one should do their best and not worry much about the result. Everything takes time to flourish,” Jasleen added.

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