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Babuji, just listen to her!

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Sonu Kakkan... A new tune

SHE IS the singing voice for Yana Gupta in the film "Dum", "Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo" but her heart beats for sufiana kalam and bhajans. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is her favourite and Abida Parveen, her inspiration. She began with "mata ke bhajan" at jagrans and ended up singing a truly seductive number "Seduction sawaria" in "Boom"! Interestingly, Sonu Kakkar wasn't selected for a pop star VIVA show she participated in, a few years ago. "I could not make to the finals in that show in which Sandeep Chowtaji and Shubha Mudgalji were judges. But my voice was greatly appreciated by them. Shubhaji hugged me and said that I had uniqueness in my voice while Sandeepji advised me not to be a part of any band as my talent will go waste in chorus. He also promised me that he would give me a chance in films, so I should not get downhearted," recalls this 21-year-old Rishikesh-based singer who bid adieu to her academics after completing the first part of her graduation from Delhi University for the cause of music.

Sandeep kept his promise and gave her a chance in "Dum". The "Babuji... " number shot Sonu to fame and the rest is history.

A religious person, Sonu, now says, "Sandeepji is my God my now. I have kept his photograph in my puja room and worship him everyday." She also seems to be his favourite. "The Call of the Lover" in Sandeep Chowta's album "Mitti" and three "very touchy Punjabi folk mix" as she defines "Yadan Teriyan", "Dholna" and "Mahi" in his latest album "Now, that's Sandeep Chowta" are some more proofs.

Singing bhajan at jagrans since the age of four has made her confident enough. She thinks that the training of classical singing wouldn't have induced any miracle in her voice. "Mata (deity) helps me anyway whenever I sing. So, I never thought of taking any training in singing. I am self-taught and that does not bar me from singing any kind of song."

And now, after she has bagged this year's MTV Award for best newcomer singer, she is all geared up to sing "all songs in four to five films," she has been offered, one song "Sayyoni" in the film "Hum Do Hamara Ek", one possibly in a Kannada film. "I am learning the language by writing the Kannada words in Hindi."

Her rehearsal days!

RANA SIDDIQUI

Photo: V. Sudershan

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