SInger Aishwarya Bhandari whose recent projects include Ladki Dramebaaz from Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari, is a lover of old Bollywood melodies. A trained classical and western singer, she talks about her love for experimentation, music and favourite singers, composers in an exclusive interview with Music Beat.
Did you always want to become a singer? When did it all start?
I always wanted to become a singer because my father has been in the field of music for the last 48 years now. I started singing while listening to my father. I starting humming from the age of three-four years as the atmosphere at our house was quite musical.
What' your key genre? Are you open to experimentation?
I have learnt western classical music along with Indian classical music. So, Indo-Western is my genre and I love experimenting with my songs, with my voice as I like to sing different types of songs. This keeps my game up.
Have you taken classical training in singing?
Yes, I have taken classical training in music. Actually, my father learnt music y listening to the songs on All India Radio and never took any formal training. Hence, his biggest wish was that I should take proper classical singing training. Though technology has gone quite ahead, it is important to have your basics clear. I have been very lucky to be a student at Suresh Wadkarji’s Gurukul. I learnt from Sureshji, which has been a very important part of my musical journey in Mumbai which started from Aajivasan.
What kind of music do you like?
I love melodies and especially songs from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, old Bollywood songs. I also listen to a lot of international artists and John Mayer is one of my favourites, Charlie Puth, etc. I am always looking out for new playlists on all streaming platforms and it really helps me to understand and experiment with my music too.
Any favourite singer, music composer with whom you wish to collaborate?
I really love songs that are composed by Sachet Parampara and I would love to collaborate on some music with them. Also, my favorite singers are Arijit Singh and Sonu Nigam and it will be a dream come true moment if I ever get to sing with both of them.