Classical Modernisation

FHM India|October 2019

Classical Modernisation
Brought up in a haven of musicians, Akriti Kakar tunes vintage to her own chords of symphony.
Akanksha Arora

You seem to have hit the right notes with almost every song sung by you from 2004 until today. Still, it took so much time for you to get recognition. What do you think was the reason behind it?

I don’t think I ever had a benchmark that I had to cross to call myself recognised. When I entered this profession, I just wanted to sing to my heart’s content. I just wanted to work with the best people in the business and the ones that I looked up to. My journey has filled me with gratitude because I’ve got the opportunity to work with the most generous and talented people in the fraternity. So, whether it took time for me to get my recognition or not, I don’t think about that at all. I’ve not gotten type casted yet and that’s a big achievement. I believe my music is my calling card.

You are often seen reviving old music tracks for your YouTube channel. Does your soul connect more with the classics or do you believe that today’s music does not have that essence?

The practise of reviving old classics whether they are film tracks or folk songs, comes from a nostalgic chord in my heart. That fire also got fanned because of my audiences constantly requesting songs from that tangent. I started a series called “You choose I sing” across my social media, and I got many requests. I choose the ones close to my heart and bring them out through organically produced music and simplistic videos on my YouTube channel. The response that those tracks have got has been unreal. Every track crossed millions of views without any paid promotion. Just the power of music and word of mouth.

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October 2019