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Knot to be!

Lively chap Mika Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Lively chap Mika Photo: R.V. Moorthy  

CHAT The soon-to-be-married Mika loves to experiment with his voice more

H aving been in the news for all the wrong reasons, this ‘gabru jawan' was recently spotted while saving someone's life who was bleeding profusely in a road accident when no one came for help. That is heartening but there is more good news on the anvil. For the hum of wedding chimes has come abuzz lately for this West-Bengal born Punjabi singer, who confirmed that a nuptial knot is certainly on his mind.

“I'm not doing a reality show or a ‘swayamvar' to choose my life partner but yes, I am looking forward to marriage later this year. I want my life-partner to understand the lifestyle of a celebrity and support me through the thick and thin of life,” says Mika.

Born in a family of classical musicians, Mika started learning music in childhood. He began to play tabla at the age of eight, started playing harmonium when he was 12 and tried his hand at the guitar at 14. His career evolved from a kirtan singer to a pop artiste when he released his debut album “Sawan Mein Lag Gayee Aag” in 1998, at the age of 21. Mika idolises Micheal Jackson, and says he wants to be remembered as the ‘voice of Mika' years after he is gone.

Daler the inspiration

“Music has come to me as a heritage from my parents and my eldest brother – Daler, has inspired me to take this legacy forward. I always wanted to do something different and independent which is why I chose pop-music over bhangra”, says Mika. “The thought of doing different and versatile songs gives me the driving force. While I composed the song ‘Ganpat' for Shootout At Lokhandwala, I'm happy at the way Mithoon experimented with my voice and made me sing the soft romantic number – ‘Saajna' in Lamhaa, which gave a new dimension to my singing style,” he adds further.

With hits like “Ibn-e-batuta” and “Apni to jaise taise” under his belt, Mika is all excited about his new song – ‘Baburao' in Once upon a time in Mumbai that was released recently to critical acclaim. “I rehearsed this song many times to get the right kind of attitude in my voice, perhaps it was yet another challenging number just as ‘Ganpat',” he says. Questioned on being too choosy about playback singing, he replies, “if a director needs a good singer, he would probably approach me instead. On the other hand, I am looking forward to singing where I can modulate my voice and experiment more.”

Having judged musical reality shows like ‘Music ka Mahamuqabla', Mika is looking forward to some more playback singing and reality shows that would come his way.

PRAMEET NARULA CHOUDHARY

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