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Falguni Pathak
A melodious voice, a live wire on stage, the dandiya queen needs no introduction. Yes, itís that time of the year when Falguni Pathak is back on the scene with her latest offering Dil Jhoom Jhoom Naache. You sure have caught the video on TV shot in Ladakh amongst some adorable local kids. With catchy and racy numbers, Falguni is all set for the Navratri season. We caught up with the singer just in time, as soon she would to be too busy to even answer a phone call!

The Record: Tell us something about your new album Dil Jhoom Jhoom Naache.
Falguni Pathak: We have tried some new things in this album. Firstly, the music is more upbeat and groovy. My earlier albums were much softer. But of course, we have stuck to the melody, which still remains soft. Also, you may have noticed that unlike my earlier videos, this one has no storyline. We have shot it in Ladakh with the local children. There is this girl who is in the process of staging a Thai-style opera with these kids. We have used their local dance steps to give it that typical Ladakhi flavour. The lovely landscapes, the monastic settings make the video look very different.

TR: Any particular reason for choosing Ladakh?
FP: Itís beautiful, more beautiful than what you see in the video! I feel Ladakh had the soul that could do full justice to the song. The video was shot over five days at Ranveerpura, which is some 40 kilometers off Leh in Thiksey Monastery and in Shanti Stupa in Leh. It was my first visit to Ladakh and believe me, it was the experience of a lifetime.

TR: Why did you decide to move away from your trademark soft numbers for more upbeat tunes?
FP: I felt that my earlier albums were getting monotonous. They more or less had similar tunes, similar styles and storylines. So I decided to change my image a bit. Although I have maintained my style of soft melodies, I have cut down on the folk colour in this album.

TR: What is the one thing that is common in all your albums?
FP: All my songs, right from 'Maine Payal Hai Jhankaiye' to 'Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi' have a common central theme, which is love. I enjoy singing songs that are happy and romantic. I guess sad songs donít suit my personality (Laughs). Besides this, all my songs are simple, sweet, catchy and humable.

TR: What is your take on the current Indi-pop videos?
FP: How can anyone like them? There is too much skin and exposure. You cannot sit and watch these videos with your family. I am not in favour of the current brand of remixes. No can recreate the original songs. It was fine when the trend of remixes had begun, but now they have just deteriorated. In my own songs, I make sure that there is no vulgarity and double meaning.

TR: From local dandiya circuits to cutting your own albums, how has the journey been?
FP: I started singing when I was just 9 years old. Right from my childhood, music has been my only passion. I had to struggle a lot but it was worth it. I had never dreamt of being a singer as such. But I had been performing right since my childhood. One programme led to another and before I knew it, I was performing big time. I didnít have the faintest idea that people would like me so much or that I would go this far. I thank God for all that he given me. But I havenít changed much as a human being though as a singer I have changed a lot. Especially from the time I started learning classical music (I wasnít trained in childhood), I have realised my mistakes and have gained a better understanding of Ďsurí.

You can read the rest of our feature on Falguni Pathak in the August 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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