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The world was introduced to Paroma Dasgupta’s melodious voice in 2008 when she sang the song ‘Goodnight’ with Sachin Gupta in Dil Kabaddi. Her big break, however, was ‘Dan Dan’ in the film Department. Paroma has, since, sung jingles and is working on a new single too…’s tete-a-tete with Paroma went something like this…

You debuted in Bollywood with the song ‘Goodnight’ in Dil Kabaddi. How did that happen?

Well, I moved to Mumbai right after my graduation and I was singing scratches for music directors. I knew I wanted to do something in music and I shifted to Mumbai. I knew after college that a desk job was not for me. I sang scratches for Dil Kabaddi too and they kept my voice in ‘Goodnight’.

Growing up, what music were you most influenced by and who inspired you the most?

My mother is a serious Indian Classical singer. She trained under the tutelage of Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan saheb of Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, one who also trained Ustad Rashid Khan. Growing up I heard a lot of Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hasan and Western Classical. My mom is a Thumri singer so I used to listen to that too. So, classical has really influenced me in terms of music.

Playback singers have to adapt to different styles of singing and language. How did you adapt and cope?

Yes, playback singers have to be ready to sing in different languages and styles. I think advertising has helped me a lot. I have sung lots of jingles. I am at a studio now singing jingles in South-Indian languages for Myntra. I have sung for Kellogs and many other brands. The platform tutored me well for all kinds of singing and languages too. Generally, I think you should apply yourself as a singer. Also, deadlines help a a lot. Many Classically trained singers lack the ability to grasp quickly and deliver because they’re used to the huge space and vastness. Playback and jingles is a different ball game.

What are we going to hear from you next?

Well, I am singing a single called ‘Man Ke Khan Ke’. The song has been composed by Rajiv Bhalla and the lyrics have been written by Vayu. The song has a ‘new disco’ feel to it. It has a lot of guitar and energetic beats.

What song would you sing/listen to when you are…

1.Angry – When I’m angry I’d listen to Bade Ghulam Ali’s ‘Ao Na Baalam’.
2.On a long drive – I’d listen to some R.D. Burman or some Western Classical.
3.In a romantic mood – When I feel romantic I think of the song ‘Aisa Kabhi Hua Nahi’ from Yeh Vaada Raha
4.When you feel sad – (laughs) If I’m going through a heartbreak or something I’d listen to Mehdi Hasan and Ghazals.

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