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Winning the numbers game

Singar Anitha  

Though Anitha has over 250 songs to her credit in all the South Indian languages, it is the song from Vijay-Shruti Haasan starrer, Puli, ‘Mannavane Mannavane’ that has brought her to the limelight.

Anitha’s success story began with her participation singing competitions in various TV channels. Her first break came in 2007, where she rendered her debut song for D. Imman in the film Marudhamalai. She has worked with all the prominent music directors and has sung 25 songs for Ilaiyaraaja alone. It was however, ‘Vaada Vaada Paiya’ from Kacheri Arambam that made her a household name. She went on to sing numerous other songs like ‘Kattikida’ from Kaaki Sattai, ‘Loveaa’ from Uttama Villain, ‘Senga Soola Kara’ from Vaagai Sooda Vaa and ‘Amma Wake Me Up’ from Vathikuchi.

Excerpts from an interview with the singer:

Are you excited about having lent your voice for Sridevi?

Singing for her was just unbelievable. Composer Devi Sri Prasad wanted me to bring in an authoritative tone to the song and I have tried my best. I am really happy to be part of Puli.

Does the eventual reception of a movie in which you have worked affect you?

I certainly want all the movies that I work in to be successful. There are times when a good song goes unnoticed because the movie flops. This scenario is gradually changing, as people now have other platforms to listen to songs.

What is the secret of your success?

Getting the first song is easier than getting a second or third chance thereafter. As in any profession, hard work and dedication matters here too. Initially, I had to send in my work to different composers. Also, I am open to singing harmony (chorus) but I have my own conditions to do that. I was, after all, initially singing choruses for Ilaiyaraaja and that’s how I got the chance to sing a solo song for him (in the Kannada movie, Suryakanthi).

What impact do awards have on your professional growth?

They make me feel good and offer me a sense of satisfaction. But they don’t really have any impact on my career. One needs to constantly keep working in order to remain in the limelight.

Recently, one of your songs, ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai’ ( Megha), a new version of the original by S. Janaki, became quite popular.

I rehearsed the song so many times before recording. Singing it without imitating the veteran singer was a challenge. I think I pulled it off to the best of my ability. It is certainly a landmark song in my career.

What do you think about children participating in singing competitions?

While the kids get good exposure through these shows, academics is sure to take a backseat. I certainly feel that too much of name, fame and money at such a young age is not good. This fame is also short-lived and it is for the parents to decide.

What next?

I am yet to sing for A. R. Rahman. So, I am waiting for that.

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