I’d Rather Sing One Antara In A Year, But That Should Stick, Says Singer Shilpa Rao
- IWB Post
- May 14, 2019
Thirty-five-year-old renowned singer Shilpa Rao hardly sings in Hindi films anymore, with her latest song being the duet version of Kalank’s title track, performed by Arijit Singh. For her the situation is a mix of circumstances and choice, the former being the advent of the reign of the male voice and the latter her own decision to give preference to quality over quantity.
“Most albums these days predominantly feature male voices,” she said. “In the ’90s, you had duets or male-female versions of a song. Then, women started getting item numbers. But now, it’s not equally divided. We need more solo female songs. There’s so much talk in the UK and US about female representation, and movements in Saudi Arabia about women’s right to driving, why can’t we bring about that change in the industry?”
Since 2016, Rao has been choosing quality songs meticulously like in 2016, she had two songs in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, sang zero songs in 2017, and just four in 2018.
“Does me singing a few lines or many lines matter?” Rao wondered. “In Bulleya, if you remove my lines, the song is incomplete. The song is about the relationship between the two individuals, and the song makes sense, only when the female part is in. If you take Beyonce’s two lines out of Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend, does the song stand? I don’t see the point of singing 10 songs a year and them not working in any way. I’d rather sing one antara in a year, but that should stick,” she said.
“My approach to singing a song isn’t based on assuming how big it can get. If I like or connect to the tune, I sing it,” she added.