MELODY! QUEEN
RITZ|March 2020
‘Raftaara’ the song from the blockbuster Mollywood film, Lucifer went viral the minute it was released online. It came as a surprise to many that it was Malayalam Cinema’s very own Jyotsna, who had sung this fast Hindi number! The gorgeous playback singer herself didn’t expect to receive such an overwhelming response and she is thrilled that the song has topped the charts. Of late, Jyotsna has been busy with her independent projects such as ‘Krishna the eternal’ - which is an offbeat meditation album, her single ‘Enni Varumo’ which won the Mazhavil manorana music award for best independent song of the year and of course ‘Paranne’, an original, written, composed and sung by the melody queen herself! Ritz catches up with the brilliant musician, Jyotsna Radhakrishnan, who recently won the ‘Kochi Marriott Presents Ritz Super 8’ felicitation for her exceptional and inspirational work in Music.
Riya Sonny Datson

We have never heard you sing such a fast number and that too in Hindi. Was it your first time?

Well, I always sing Hindi songs for my live performances and for the covers I do for the ‘Simply Live’ sessions on my YouTube channel called ‘Jyotsna official’. So, as a language, Hindi is familiar forte. But yes, this genre is something new for me. I think this was the first time I was singing a full powered song. I was really excited when Deepak Dev told me that they are doing a Hindi song and that they wanted me to try singing it. I had convinced myself that I was just going to do a trial for them as I was sure that they would hire someone from Mumbai for the actual recording. But they liked the way I sang and they decided to change the lyrics a bit and asked me to sing again. The second time they liked it even better and asked me to do the actual recording. I was more than thrilled!

How was the response from the audience?

The song comes in the climax sequence where there are fight scenes and the story continues with the song. When people watched it in theatres, I don’t think they realised who the singer was. Only when the song was released online did the audience realise that it was me. From then on, I was bombarded with social media messages which was really overwhelming.

Was it a challenging to sing such a fast number?

I wouldn’t call it challenging. Yes, when a song is described to you, you need to understand how it is going to be pictured and experiment with how it is going to sound. The treatment was definitely different. But more than a challenge, it was a whole lot of excitement and fun. I enjoyed it thoroughly as it was a totally new experience. I must mention that the song required a raw feel and the lyricist Tanishk Nabar who is based in Mumbai did a wonderful job. The song actually narrates the essence of the film and there is nothing vulgar or erotic about it.

We haven’t heard much of your playback singing in 2019. Was it a conscious decision?

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