Initially, Shreya Ghosal was to sing two songs for Ustad Sultan Khan’s album Ustad And The Divas. But due to time constraints, Shreya had to let go of one song though she would rather not reveal which one it was. But ‘Le jaa le jaa re...’, the song she has rendered with Ustad is currently a rage and the video featuring Elite model Nina Sarkar from Bangalore and Varun Toorkey, a young model from Mumbai is a hot favourite on the music channels.
Talking about the song, the diva says, “Le ja... has a folk colour to it. Even the term ne moiye is pahadi. But the video has been shot in a contemporary style by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. The emotions are subtle and in the right proportion. It catches the attention of the audience.”
Though this is the first time Shreya’s collaborated with Ustad on an album, this is not the first time she’s sung alongside him. “Khansaab is Sandesh’s (composer) guru and I met him at various recordings. In fact, I sang with him in films but those songs and films were unreleased. So, when Sandesh appraoached me with this concept I loved it. There’s a magic in Ustad’s voice. It is honest, knowledgable and at the same time erotic,” says Shreya who feels honoured to be a part of his album. “I have a classical background but never performed a full-on classical and this inspired me,” informs the singer.
As for the experience of singing with Ustad, Shreya says that, the saarangi maestro would always be in the studio when she was recording her part or dubbing for it. “The best part about him is though he is learned and a senior, he’s very jovial and friendly,” smiles the singer.
Another reason, the young singer is excited about featuring on an album is that “it will take people by surprise.” “Everyone’s familiar with my film songs and sometimes they even predict that so and so could be a Shreya composition. But an album evokes a different curiousity”. So, is she planning to release her own album? “I want to, but earlier whenever I had plans they didn’t materialise,” she informs.
How does she feel being called a diva, we ask the pretty singer? “I feel it is an added responsibility. I prefer being a musician than a diva. A diva is just the effect, as people think this is one term associated with anybody who is popular in the field of music and is a female singer.” Nevertheless, she finds the title quite interesting. “I will have to do quite a lot of things to look like a diva,” she smiles.
The year has turned out quite eventful for the singer who has the nation humming to her ‘Pal pal...’ ditty from Lage Raho Munnabhai. “A very romantic number, it was differently arranged. The acoustic was subtle, hats off to the composer,” she grins. For the first time, she’s sung a song ‘Barso re...’ for A R Rahman in Guru “which is unlike anything that I have sung before”. She also mentions her ‘Kehta hai...’ number from Baabul and the songs from Salaam-E-Ishq “which have a nice feel to them”. She signs off saying, “I am showcasing various moods in my singing and that is what makes the experience all-the-more interesting.”