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Music Doesn't Have Barriers, Says Grammy Winning Singer Tanvi Shah

On the occasion of World Music Day, News18 caught up with the global voice and asked her about the current trend music in India.

Sameeksha | News18.com@s_dandriyal

Updated:June 21, 2017, 3:46 PM IST
Music Doesn't Have Barriers, Says Grammy Winning Singer Tanvi Shah
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A popular global voice and India's first female singer to win a Grammy, Tanvi Shah, needs no introduction amid the music geeks of the country. Making her debut in Bollywood song with Yuva's melodious number Fanaa, Tanvi went on to show her versatility as a singer with songs like Pappu Can't Dance Saala, Delhi 6, Rehna Tu.

In addition to Hindi songs, Tanvi has also sung the popular song Jai Ho for Slumdog Millionaire for which she shared the honour of having won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Her international work expanded further after she earned an opportunity to work with Snoop Dogg on his song Snoop Dogg Millionaire.

On the occasion of World Music Day, News18 caught up with the global voice and asked her about the current trend of recreating peppy tracks in Bollywood. "The trend is fine as long as the producers and directors are okay with it. It's their film and their decision in the end, and frankly, they know better. I, as an artist, enjoy every kind of music and the fact that people are enjoying it just validates it further," she says.

Tanvi believes in co-existence and feels that every music has its own significance. "The world today is very negative and even if music can provide you solace for 15 minutes, the genre doesn't matter."

What sets Tanvi apart from any other singer is the thriving career she has built for herself by singing in Latin American languages and finding immense fame while doing so. Her versatility lies in the fact that she can sing in various languages like Spanish, Portuguese, Afro-Cuban, Arabi, Tamil, and Telugu . Recalling her introduction to Latin American music, the singer says, "Latin music is as rich as Indian music. There's soul in both. I started while I was in a dormitory in University and interacted with students with various nationalities. The music always attracted me and it is then I decided to learn the lyrics and thus the music."

Her last gig in India was lending vocals to the songs of Mani Ratnam's film Kaatru Veliyidai starring Aditi Rao Hyadri. When asked about her experience of working with Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman, Tanvi says, "Working with Ratnam and Rahman sir is always amazing. I am grateful to them both as they were the ones who gave me my first break. Both are men of few words and know how to tap into the full potential of the artist."

She has a global fandom and a diva image and is looking for the Bollywood offers to come her way. Currently, Tanvi is happy with the status of Indian music and adds, "The musical culture in India is at a great stage right now. People are noticing all forms of Indian music and thus, it's inspiring."

Talking about the strained relationship between two musically rich countries - India and Pakistan - Tanvi says, "I am not a very opinionated person. I personally feel that music is a universal language and has the power to connect people. No barriers should be put on art and artistes. If an artiste wants to work, let him/her work. They are only making the world a better place,"

The singer is currently awaiting the release of her song, the cover of popular Latin song, Despacito. Revealing her future plans, Tanvi says, "My cover of popular song Despacito will be out this month. Then I'm busy with my EP and various projects which will be revealed with time."
| Edited by: Sameeksha
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