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Whole Atmosphere of Mandi House Culturally Rich with Music, Literature, Art and Theatre

Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that's really exciting for an actor

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The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre. Pixabay

‘Crime Patrol’ anchor Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now.

Annup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik and presented by the Film and Theatre Society.

It will be staged at Mandi House’s Kamani Auditorium on July 21 — one of the places where the actor performed as a student.

“In my family, there’s no one related to this industry or films or theatre. For me, everything was new and exciting. The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre.

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Annup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik. Pixabay

“In my student days, we performed at National School of Drama (NSD) auditorium in first and second year, then Shri Ram Centre or Kamani Auditorium in third year. Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that’s really exciting for an actor,” Annup told IANS over telephone.

He also credited NSD, which he joined 25-odd years back, as having taught him discipline and basics of acting.

“I personally feel theatre is a good foundation to start with; it prepares you so extensively to handle any character. Having said that, it’s not that if you’re not grounded in theatre, you cannot be a good actor.”

Annup describes ‘Ballygunge 1990’ as the “revenge story” of a relationship, where his character abandons a lover for ambition and returns years later after failing. The suspense-genre play is in Hindi.

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The Mumbai-based artiste has dabbled into multiple mediums, and feels passionately about the “craft of acting”.

He is returning to ‘Crime Patrol’ after a break of 15 months — in a new bearded avatar that is garnering much appreciation.

On why he took a sabbatical from the show, Annup said: “The structure of our shooting was such that I was not getting time to commit to acting assignments properly. I feel I’m an actor first, then an anchor. Now, we’ve restructured and allotted limited days to ‘Crime Patrol’. This arrangement suits both the makers and me.

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Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now. Pixabay

“In these 15 months, I did three films and three web-series in never-seen-before roles,” he explained, adding these projects will release in this year’s last quarter.

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He will also be seen acting alongside Sanjay Dutt in the Hindi remake of Telugu film ‘Prasthanam’. (IANS)

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I Find a Lot of Independent Music These Days: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Better market for independent music now, says Kavita Krishnamurthy

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Kavita Krishnamurthy feels that the independent music scene in India has become "very, very good" now. Wikimedia Commons

BY SIDDHI JAIN 

Kavita Krishnamurthy, who has lent her voice for some of India’s most adored songs, feels that the independent music scene in India has become “very, very good” now.

“Earlier, any singer who had to make a headway as a light music singer, they had to make a breakthrough through films, only then they really got heard.

“Now through YouTube, Facebook and different ways of promoting your own songs, I find a lot of independent music, rock bands, jazz musicians, world musicians, have all come about in India, and have a better market in India than during my times,” the 61-year-old Padma Shri recipient told IANSlife.

Having sung for plenty of films in the past few decades, Krishnamurthy has lent her voice to actresses like Nutan, Helen, Shabana, Sridevi, and Kajol, to Karishma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee. She began her recording career in 1971.

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Kavita Krishnamurthy feels that now through YouTube, Facebook and different ways of promoting your own songs, she found a lot of independent music. Pixabay

Some of the films she sang for include ‘Mr. India’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘1942: A Love Story’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’, ‘Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Devdas’.

Asked how Bollywood playback singing has changed over the course of her long career, she said that when she started out as a playback singer, she found most of her songs to be essentially Indian.

“They were based a lot on folk, a little bit sometimes raga-based, but more geet-kind of songs. Pronounciation of Hindi words also had to have a certain amount of clarity. The poets played a very important role.

“It could have been a classical-based song, a happy, sad or romantic duet, sometimes a bhajan in a movie. Also, we’d be recorded with the musicians most of the time, if we made a mistake we had to redo the whole song,” she said.

She added that it was never line-by-line, but half- or quarter-song was sung together. “It’s only after 2000, that you could do a line or half a phrase. Technically, things changed a lot.”

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Cut to the present day, and the acclaimed singer finds quite a lot of western-based numbers, Sufi songs, and item numbers. “Trends have changed and there are more rhythm-oriented and guitar-based songs than there were in the past.”

Kavita Krishnamurthy performed at the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2020 in the national capital on Saturday. (IANS)