Vivaciously Yours: Akasa Singh
Starting her singing career in the Bollywood music industry at just 17 by being the lead female vocalist for Mika Singh’s band, this girl has unleashed her talent with various dancing numbers. Trained in classical music, this songster hails from a melodic family. She has been featured in Angels of Rock (MTV) and India’s Raw Star (Star Plus) that offered her a major Bollywood break with the super hit track Kheech Meri Photo. Known for her upbeat and entertaining performances, Akasa Singh holds the capability to stir up a fun and lively atmosphere amongst the audience. Read on to catch an insight into her musical journey. Edited excerpts.
What got you into music?
My dad is a singer and music director and I grew up in a musical family. So, I always had an inclination towards music and I have been performing since I was a little girl. So, it was an obvious choice for me.
If you were not a singer, what would you be doing right now?
If I was not a singer, I would probably be an actor because I started my career with acting.
Your first Bollywood break with Tu Kheech Meri Photo in the movie Sanam Teri Kasam became the selfie anthem. How does it feel?
It felt great that my first Bollywood break became such a hit. I was not in town when the song went viral, I was in a very remote area doing a show for MTV. So, I had no idea that the kind of success it was gaining. It was a huge surprise and shock. It feels great even today when people use it for their selfies.
With more than 40 million views, Thug Ranjha has taken the music charts by storm. So, how many ranjhas have you told off in real life?
I have shut a lot of them. I don’t take any kind of mischief from thug ranjhas, which is why I felt passionate enough to make a song about it. But, yes, I have tackled quite a few in my real life. This song was obviously about a certain one.
How was your experience of singing with a world-renowned pop star, Ricky Martin for Vente Pa’ Ca?
The experience was great. It was literally like a dream for me. Definitely, something I never imagined to happen. So, it is a bit surreal but really amazing.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with next?
I wish to collaborate with everybody. Since I’m just starting off, I am very excited to work with everyone.
The best song that you have ever been a part of?
Obviously, Kheech Meri Photo was the best song I have been a part of. It gave me an identity. But after that until now, I don’t think a song has come yet.
What are you working on lately?
I am writing my own music. So you will hear some original tunes very soon.
If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?
I would like to be remembered as someone who brought a smile on their faces. You have come a long way from starting your career with a band to releasing chartbusters.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow your footsteps?
I would like to tell them to always believe in themselves because there will be 1000 people saying otherwise. You may also second guess yourself if you are going on the right path, but you have to just focus on your goal, do your thing, and achieve what your heart desires