India's answer to J-Lo in Auckland
Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:59p.m.
By Ali Ikram
The pop music scene in India is driven by music featured in movies.
While there are plenty of big name actors, performers known as playback singers who give voice to the songs of Bollywood are stars in their own right.
One of the biggest names is playing a concert in Auckland tonight.
Sunidh Chauhan is one of Bollywood’s most famous playback singers.
"If you can make an average song sound really beautiful if you can make people feel it looks like the actress is only singing not the voice behind that's what the usb of play back singing is,” she says.
The former child star has recorded 2500 songs and when Enrique Iglesias wanted to release his song ‘Heartbeat’ in India it was Sunidh he chose to duet with him.
"I don't really select songs because you never know what's going to do well. I’m not talking quantity here, at the same time I just like to sing different kinds of songs. The only thing that would stop me singing a song would be vulgar lyrics."
The 28-year-old is also a judge on Indian Idol. She says it's the same as all the other idols around the world, but traditional music is to the fore.
And the judging looks far more passionate
"I want to become a better musician I want to learn to compose and dance there are a lot things I want to do.”
The only thing she doesn't seem to want to do is be the one singing her songs on the big screen.
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