Interview with Playback Singer Shwetha Mohan
Music in India has always been something that one can always look forward to. The wide range of singers with exceptional talent shows the potential. And today, Shwetha Mohan is a very familiar face in Indian music. It is mainly because she sings in many languages that range from Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. She is the daughter of renowned singer Sujatha Mohan. Musicperk presents an exclusive interview with this talented singer. Read on.
1. You have always been observing the music industry. What changes do you see between the two generations?
Which two generations? I have been influenced right from MSV, Raja, ARR schools of music to Yuvan, Harris schools. The music industry has evolved according to the changing tastes of the audience. The society has changed, social behaviours have changed and so has music. It is like how one generation will stitch up a torn jean and this generation tears up a well-stitched jean meaning, the lifestyle, attitude and interests have changed and so have preferences to styles of music.
2. Other than music, What do you love the most?
I’m beginning to love travelling and seeing new places. Also like surfing the net and sketching. Love watching good movies.
3. When did you realize you could actually do this as a career?
I realized I could take it up as a career only after my first couple of songs became popular and I started getting good feedback for my singing. Moreover, I realized this is my passion and wanted to dedicate my time towards learning and improving my abilities.
4. Which song do you consider had given you the breakthrough?
In Malayalam, it was ‘Kolakuzhal vili keatto‘ that gave me a breakthrough and won me the State award and the recognition with the people. In Tamil , however, I havent had one single song that gave me a break. The acceptance has come gradually only. Started with ‘Vizhiyil Un Vizhiyil‘ , ‘Kandean Kandean Kadhalai‘, ‘O Mahazeeya‘, ‘Amali Thumali‘ and ‘Nee Korinaal‘ .
5. Which is your most comfortable and favorite genre?
It is semi-classical.
6. What is your ambition in life?
I want to just be happy, be able to learn as much as possible and keep bettering my skills as a singer. Want to be able to balance my personal and professional lives well.
7. Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
I havent done it too many times. But yes, I do enjoy writing and coming up with my own music. It is a different experience altogether. But its a little time consuming and so havent been at it much. The time I have apart from work and family, I spend in practicing my singing.
8. What is the best advice that you have got from your mom?
She told me once, “Life gives answers in three ways. It says yes and gives you what you want. It says no and gives you something better. It says wait and gives you the best.”… priceless
9. If you want to thank a person(Other than your mother) for your success in music, who would it be and why?
Lots of people, mainly my gurus Smt. Binni Krishnakumar and Sri Augustine Paul. Binni chechi has really trained my voice and instilled in me the interest to learn classical music. Also, singer Srinivas who has been a guide, mentor and constant supporter. And of course, my music directors for giving me lovely songs to sing and helping me reach so many people.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
Looking at cutting my own albums. I believe in evolving with inputs and influences through time. I am now a very different singer than when i started. Never thought I could be a ‘performer’ , but my experiences have made me one. Similarly, I believe something else will evolve over time.
11. What advice would you give to other musicians trying to get off the ground?
Would just ask them to stay focussed on improving their skills and talents. Work hard on it. And once they have their skills on their finger tips, they are ready to take on the world