This Nightingale-voiced girl is confident of one thing: she is not a few songs or few years wonder. Her heart is in singing, and so all her energies should go in it – and she’s followed this to the extent of studying music at bachelors, masters and now PhD level. Here is a conversation with differently abled playback singer from Kolkata Sayani Palit, before the launch of video of her “project – Ashta Ratane Barsho Baran” on April 14, 2016.
What is Ashta Ratane Barsho Baran all about?
It’s a special single to celebrate the upcoming Bengali New Year with retro tracks. It’s a tribute to eight golden vocalists – Sandhya Mukherjee, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Pratima Bandopadhyay, Nirmala Misra, Begam Akhtar, Aarti Mukherjee and Kanan Devi. I have taken few lines of a song sung by each of these songstresses and made a collage of it all. It’s of about 8-9 minutes where I have rearranged all the songs with a guitar or violin or some other base. It’s my tribute to them and I want people to celebrate with it.
What are the other projects you are working on now?
Being a playback singer one is always working on something or the other – live shows, recordings, rehearsals. But I think I should create music always and promote the independent music industry – outside the realm of film music. Thus I make sure to compose something in once of every 2-3 months. So now I am working on a music single project with singer Abhay Jodhpurkar. It should be ready by around end of May.
Are videos important for singles?
Yes, today they are very important, as listeners want to see us too.
Since your debut in Bollywood last year with Katti Batti, have you got more projects there?
I can’t name any film now, but things have been happening. I have done several live shows with Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.
Secondly, at present I am pursuing PhD in music under Dr. Manashi Majumdar in Kolkata. So I can’t shift base to Mumbai. So I travel for whatever projects I get.
How important is studying music? It’s not common to see singers pursue degree in it.
I have been learning under PT. Ajoy Chakraborty and Anjana Chakraborty since the age of 4. I don’t want to be in the lot of singers who conquer the industry and are lost too in a span of 2-3 years in total. Studying will help me achieve my goal. When I started singing for Tollywood in 2012, I had already had over 20 years of training… A PhD will help me further.
Has your being differently-abled being any hindrance ever?
My parents have brought me up in such a way that I never felt that I am blind. I have had a very normal life – never went to blind school either. I was the first one who passed the HS with computer application as main subject. My friends have also made me feel very normal and casual!
Who knows! Just keep working and maybe something big will happen tomorrow! Do checkout my website and YouTube channel!