About Shibani – In Conversation with me
Noted musician Shibani Kashyap was born in Delhi and completed her education from Delhi as well. Shibani shot to fame for the signature tune of AIR FM and Amul India. Shibani’s signature music is a blend of Sufi and Western. Her debut pop album Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat (1998) brought her into the national limelight and won her the Channel V award. Her first foray into Hindi film playback was with Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part 2 in 2003, subsequently she has lent her melodious voice to the films Zinda (2006) and 1971 (2007). She has also acted in the film Ranviir The Marshal in 2015 and is also active on social and political issues besides her deep involvement with music….
Read on for the short conversation I had with her….
Me – Hi Shibani, Thank you so much for sparing the time to speak with me. what have you been doing during the Lockdown and after?
SK – Hi Anirudh, during the Lock down I have been busy making new songs, doing digital concerts, webinars and also practicing yoga and meditation. I have created a song with a message #coronakohaiharana and just released my brand new single #Lootle Mazaa… I also started a series on Instagram called #Gupshup w shibanikashyap..
Me – Whoa! You’ve really been busy!! Now the 2nd one – If you hadn’t been an actor, what would you be?
SK – If I had not been a singer I would have been an Interior Designer!
Me – That’s an interesting choice! Amongst all your songs, which one is your most favorite performance?
SK – Hmmm, my personal favorite song of mine till date is SAJNA AA BHI JAA!
Me – Yeah, that’s a fabulous one! Now going back into your past, you were part of a band called Black Slade in Delhi, what was that like and what do you think ails the indie music movement in India?
SK – Yes, long time back….Black Slade was a pop rock band I was part of in my college days, I learnt a lot about world music and performing live thanks to this band! Indie music as in non film independent music is surely growing in leaps and bounds but there’s still a long way to go before we can become global…
Me – Yes, that’s true but we’re definitely getting there… Now the next one, in life, what makes you smile and what scares you the most?
SK – Music always makes me smile and betrayal scares me the most….
Me – True, betrayal can be such an ugly thing….now, for a fun one! If you ever got stranded on a remote island, and you could choose 5 items to have with you, which ones would they be?
SK – Well, if I got stranded on a remote island I would surely want the following:
A good face wash
Me – Hmmm, interesting choices, I must say…on a serious note, do you think it’s important to have a Godfather in Bollywood to make it big?
SK – Yes absolutely its important to have a godfather in bollywood to make it big, otherwise its a huge struggle..
Well, that wraps it up for the time being Shibani! It was such a pleasure having this conversation with you…All the best to you going ahead – Stay Safe & Stay Well!!