Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, in a chat on Follo.in, speaks about things close to her heart.
You spend more time in Bengaluru and don't come to Mumbai as much anymore.
I shifted base after marriage but I still come to Mumbai for around eight to nine days a month. Though I am not as active as a playback singer as before, but there is always work in Mumbai for an artiste.
There should not be any reason not to be 'actively into playback'. Why then?
That's a question you should not ask me. It is amazing that people come from Dubai and the US to sing songs in films and yet, they feel Bengaluru is inaccessible, considering I am in Mumbai thrice a month. So I think certain music directors just come up with excuses. Also, the kind of singing has also changed now. The most important thing is to have an attitude or a voice texture. They don't really need singers who want to be strictly pitched all through because you now have pitch correction machines. Also, unless I get a very good song and I am assured that it would be retained in my voice, I'd rather not sing. One of the biggest songs I sang last was from 'Rockstar.' I knew that when AR Rahman called me to sing that song, it would be retained as it is...
Your songs always give an impression that you have trained in classical music.
(Laughs) I have managed to fool a lot of people, haven't I? I have actually learnt from different teachers. When I came to Mumbai, there was someone I really wanted to learn from because he would have taught me music probably the good way. But being a girl from a middle-class family, there were a lot of people I could not learn from. One of my first teachers in Mumbai was Shaan's father, Manas Mukherjee.
Which do you think is your most popular song?
'Hawa hawai'. The reaction from the audience even today is amazing. The interesting thing is that I had actually dubbed for the song and it was supposed to be sung by someone else. It was only a few months after the recording that I got a call from Laxmi ji (composer Laxmikant), who told me that my voice will be retained. I was surprised and told him that I would have to record the song again as I had pronounced a word wrong. He refused to re-record it, saying I might not be able to recreate the magic. The mistake is in the first antara. I sang 'Jeenu jo tumne baat chupayi', while I should have sang 'Jaanu jo tumne baat chupayi'.