I want to sing item number

I am an aspiring playback singer. Two years back, I got the contact number of singer Shubha Mudgal through a friend. Shubhaji has been able to successfully fuse classical music with Indi-pop to deliver some very good songs in the past. I was extremely thrilled at the prospect of meeting her in person. With a request to train me in classical music, I called up Shubhaji. She asked me to meet up at her Khar residence and I couldn’t wait for the moment of truth.

My dad and I were seated in her drawing room when she came in and greeted us. After some initial talk, she asked me why I wanted to learn music and what I wanted to sing in future. I said, “I want to be a playback singer and be part of mainstream Bollywood singing.” She asked me to sing. I did. After some words of appreciation for my voice and singing skills she said, “You know, all youngsters unfortunately want to sing Bollywood songs these days. I am really appalled at what you said. Not one person says, ‘I want to sing classical.’” She went on about how much important it is for youngsters like me to abstain from remixes; how much item numbers have spoilt Indian culture and what harm contemporary songs have done to Indian music.

The other day, I heard Shubhaji’s voice… in an item song called ‘Bichua’ for Rakhi Sawant in the film 1920. Well, looks like Shubhaji only likes to preach, not practice!

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8 Comments on “I want to sing item number”


  1. So finally updated your blog after a long wait. You cannot be harsh on her(Subhaji), after all singing is her profession. She sings and earns her bread, probably she really wanted people(read youngsters) to take up classical singing seriously. With the advent of internet and communication facilities, an in depth knowledge on singing would help anyone become extremely creative! Post more frequently!!

  2. Aalaap Says:

    Sing it on!Sorry, I’ve always wanted to say that! 😛

  3. Karthik Says:

    haha…… subhaji is my favouirte artists..majorily due to ab ke sawan song…. and that was not so classical… yaa i think ur right about her preaching…. i think she is gud at masala kinda songs…

  4. Chirag Says:

    The thing is till you are famous, everyone will give you ‘gyan’ and ‘feedback’ once you make it, though its all experiments. Yet another gyan: Don’t ask anyone about your passion. Its your passion and no one will be as passionate about it as you’ll be right.

  5. Sandhiya Sreenivasan Says:

    I have heard SPB ( Playback Singer S.P.Balasubramaniam)say in a public show, ” I really don’t like this remix tradition, but can’t be so principled, being a singer sometimes we have to act against our wishes”. May be same the case with Shubaji!

  6. Janaki Says:

    Do you ever approach ANY topic without all that cynicism? “She’s so awesome, she’s so awesome, I’m so thrilled, PS: She’s a fart” does not send a particularly good message. About your attitude, or about your writing skills.

  7. Surya Says:

    @ Janaki aka Chirag (since your IPs are the same)- this is rant post. I just think if she expects others should not sing item numbers, even she shouldnt no? Will you buy non-violence preachings from Hitler or Gandhi? Think about it.

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