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Record Breakers
Text by Sitanshi Talati-Parikh
Published: Volume 17, Issue 10, October, 2009

Two rocking women have something new to offer. Sona Mahapatra is singing a different tune and Anushka Manchanda is jamming with a new band when sheís not trying daredevil stunts in Fear Factor Ė Khatron Ke Khiladi. Sitanshi Talati-Parikh turns up the volume


Tell us about your latest song, Diljale and album, Raat/Din. Whatís exciting about it?
Diljale is a rock power ballad that celebrates the pain of loneliness, the beautiful void. The album, Raat/Din is really exciting because we believe itís Indiaís first soundtrack rock album. The music is heavily influenced by the films of David Lynch and Wim Wenders. And the launching is unique: a totally digital launch worldwide, starting with Diljale, followed by subsequent songs with finally the whole album releasing by the end of the year.

Indie vs. film, whatís your take?
Theyíre two completely different genres today. In film music, youíre mostly interpreting other peopleís ideas, while with independent music youíre expressing your own. There was a time when film songs were about ideas and expression and taking a narrative forward, but sadly today there are promotional tools and have drifted further away from meaning, the notable exception being Gulzar saab. I prefer being on stage above all else!


Do you rock just as much behind the scenes?
I quit being a VJ on TV to focus on my music and my career as a playback singer, and havenít regretted the decision. As a performer, I get to travel the country and the world, and being on stage, I have never missed the limelight. Iím the same person on and off camera, and am comfortable both ways.

Tell us whatís exciting about your Ďelectro rock n popí band, Shkabang?
Shkabang is here to play some good music and to have a blast doing it. Weíre pretty elastic as a genre, but love bouncy grooves and bass lines. The boys are all hotties, and Iím trying to get at least one of them to play topless.

What was the most challenging part of Khatron Ke Khiladi?
Iím not a very good swimmer and Iím petrified of being underwater. I almost drowned in a pool as a child, and even though I absolutely love being in the water, I panic when itís deep. So all the stunts involving water would have me freaking out!

Do you write your own songs?
Yes! There was a time when I only wrote about heartache and stupid boys. Now, I see things around me that make me stop and think, and I write about them.

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