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'I'm a diverse person'

Anila Kurian, DH News Service, Dec 7 2017, 19:00 IST
Monali

Monali

There is something about the way Monali Thakur sings that catches the attention of her listeners. It's not just her voice but also the attitude that reflects when she is singing.

After giving hits like 'Badri Ki Dulhania', 'Zara Zara Touch Me' and 'Sawaar Loon', to name a few, she's back again with 'MTV Unplugged Season 7' to give her version of the songs. Monali speaks about her musical odyssey.

What do you like about the show?

You can do whatever you want to with certain songs. It's like you have the freedom to do whatever you want and it's just priceless.

Which are some of the songs that you will be singing?

Apart from the songs that I have sung in films, I also have certain melodies that people aren't aware of. These are songs I have collaborated and clubbed with popular ghazals and folk songs. The rehearsals were a lot of fun.

You've been quite busy lately. What are you working on?

I'm doing 'MTV Music Project' with the channel's team again. Apart from that, there's been a lot but I just can't talk about them yet.

You've made a mark in several genres of music. Which one has been your favourite?

I can't pick one because I am a diverse person. I have different moods and I like listening, dancing or moving to different genres of music according to how I feel. But the one genre that I have difficulty understanding is hardcore metallic rock. I just don't understand that.

How do you balance your music with other
obligations?

To be very honest with you, it's very difficult. It feels like these days are just filled with various obligations that I don't know how to distract myself. But unfortunately, to live in this crazy world, you have to figure it out.

What's the weirdest thing that's ever happened to you while working on a song?

I wanted to sleep when I was singing once! But there are many, many weird situations that happen regularly. We take our sweet time recording too. But it all depends on your mind and which state of
mind you are in. Then again, a lot depends on your voice.

You've been writing music for a long time. Do you remember the first time you wrote one?

I wrote a song when I was really young. I even tuned it. I have composed many singles like that.

How do you feel about other artistes doing covers of your songs?

They are all beautiful to me. I don't have the heart to say one of them is better than the other, especially because they are not sending it to me for approval. It's great that they like my song and want to make a cover out of it.

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