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May 26, 2015

Pitch Perfect: Neeti Mohan

Text by Zaral Shah

She is the unseen voice behind the foot-tapping chartbusters that have set the nation rocking. Neeti Mohan speaks to Verve about her passion, inspiration and dream

Your tryst with music: I’m from a family with no musical background — we are four sisters and our parents have been supportive and encouraging. I used to take part in singing competitions. My venture into the industry was with AR Rahman and Vishal-Shekhar for Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Student of the Year.

A treasured moment: After a show, a little girl came up to me and her mother said that she wanted her daughter to grow up to be like me. The fact that people looked up to me felt like a responsibility.

A composer and co-singer you enjoyed working with: Working with Arijit Singh, Benny Dayal and Harshdeep Kaur is always a pleasure.

Your breakthrough song was: Ishq Wala Love and Jiya Re. Getting the call for Jiya Re was a great moment — singing for AR Rahman was a dream on its own.

A memorable number:  On Women’s Day this year I released my new single Udne De inspired by the Nirbhaya incident. It’s a heartfelt attempt to share awareness on incidents like those.

Artistes you love listening to and genres you love performing: From Sufi and Lataji (Mangeshkar) to John Mayer and international jazz artists, I love them all. I enjoy performing classic melodies but peppy numbers are fun too.

Your sisters, Shakti and Mukti, are also from the field — what is it like to have many performers under one roof: Sharing stories and experiences, and guiding one another personally and professionally is a blessing.

Songs of your own that stand out: Ishq Wala Love and Jiya Re will always be very special. Darbadar from CityLights and the title track from Bang Bang are front runners too.

Outstanding songs of 2014: The CityLights album, Manwa Laage from Happy New Year and Maahi Ve from Highway.

Your musical style is: I feel the music and sing while being honest to the tune and lyrics. I always wanted to be a versatile singer and have gone from romantic ballads to disco and funk.

Looking forward to: I’d love to collaborate with artistes and composers with whom I haven’t worked with yet.

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