'Bollywood music has been my eternal love'

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'Bollywood music has been my eternal love'

For artiste Prasanna Keshava, music means the world. Trained to be an engineer and having worked as a mechanical engineer with a few MNCs, this musician feels that nothing defines him better than film music. In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, the artiste talks about his musical journey and aspirations.

How did music happen to you?

I belong to a musical family. My mother is a trained Carnatic singer and my father is a lyricist, novelist and musician. Even my grandparents were into music. My mother trained me in classical music for a while, before I realised that Bollywood and Kannada film music was my calling.

Despite being an engineer, what made you turn towards your passion?

Responsibilities towards my family were enough to convince me to keep my job. But I always knew that I wasn’t doing justice to myself. Once I realised my interest, which was thankfully backed by my family, I was able to take the step of becoming a full-time musician. I have now been roped in by an events artiste management company, O3 Events, which has provided me with many platforms.

Why did you opt for film music?

Bollywood music has been my eternal love, right from my childhood. I grew up listening to Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan. Of late, I’ve been listening to a lot of Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh and so on. All these artistes are simply amazing and that has always inspired me to sing better. I also love performing Kannada film songs. I always picturise myself as a playback singer, lending my voice to handsome heroes on the big screen, and that will always stay my focus. I strongly believe that the stage will take me there.

How far have you progressed with your dream?

I debuted with a track in a Kannada movie called ‘Kariya 2’. I’m hoping that I will be in the final track for the movie also. I have my fingers crossed.

What music do you perform onstage?

I perform music from Mukesh ‘ji’, Mohammed Rafi ‘saheb’, Kishore ‘da’ to Arijit Singh. In live shows, once the event starts, there are a lot of song requests. Though I mostly host ‘Bollywood nights’, I also get Kannada song requests which I accept happily. Within Kannada songs, I usually like performing numbers of S P Balasubrahmanyam, Raghu Dixit and also Sonu Nigam, who sings a lot of Kannada songs that are very popular.

Your biggest influences...

From my childhood, I have always been inspired by Sonu Nigam and of late, Arijit Singh. These artistes are so versatile that they can sing any kind of music with the same passion.

How much is Bollywood music accepted in Bengaluru?

I have performed at varied venues like The Studio Bar, Happy Brew, Paparazzi at Royal Orchid Central etc and the music has been accepted with open arms. Bengaluru has a cosmopolitan crowd which is open to any form of music. Bollywood music is big now!

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