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Ganesh Hegde
He’s the latest sensation to hit the music world. An excellent dancer, a great voice, stunning looks and an amazing performer…that’s G for you. Nitin Kalra in a candid conversation with the man behind the performer…Ganesh Hegde.

Choreography Happened To You First…
Actually not! I became a singer first and then dancing followed. I went to a school where singing was a major subject and music has always attracted me. I would be performing on stage at events and also win prizes for my school at competitions. While preparing for singing performances for school events, I would start dancing. That caught my attention further and I started taking it seriously. I would watch Michael Jackson, Kishore Kumar and Govinda to learn dancing. Eventually I started acting as a choreographer to my school group. Even before I completed school I was singing, dancing and choreographing. The good thing is that everything happened to me naturally in life.

Professionally You Started Out…
I was so much into dancing and choreography that there was no time to even pick and choose a career. For me, singing is not different from performing. When I dance there is music involved, when I compose there is music involved, when I sing there is music involved. I got engrossed in doing live shows with artists where I not only started choreographing, but also composing little in-between pieces, accompanying stars in their performances and even singing with them as a backing artist. I loved what I was doing.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra Gave You A Break…
I was to do the choreography for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Kareeb. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, but one day when I was making the artists rehearse for a song, Sanjay Leela Bhansali came there. He observed me for some time and then walked away. He called me for Khamoshi and said I had to do the film. That’s how my first song Aaj Main Upar Aasma Neeche happened.

You Are Too Choosy…
I am choosy for the simple reason that ordinary music doesn’t excite me. Whenever I am given a song, I look for melody and then beats. When I accept a song, I don’t want to just choreograph it, I want to direct it too. Kambhakt Ishq from Pyar Tune Kya Kiya was completely my baby. Right from the sets to the costumes, lighting, colours, dancing and camera angles, I did everything. I treated it like a music video and it turned out to be the best song Fardeen Khan has ever had! The same goes with Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo from Dum. I chose Yana Gupta for the song and shot it the way I wanted, and everyone knows the result! I decided I would do projects at my own condition. If I cannot make a difference to the film through that one song that is given to me, I might as well not do it at all!

You Last Choreographed A Song Two-And-A-Half-Years Ago…
My last song was Kabhi Nahin for Adnan Sami’s album Tera Chehra. Around that time I was doing shows with Asha Bhonsle in. When I finished my performance, Ashaji announced on stage that I reminded her of Kishoreda. That was a very big compliment for me as I am a big fan of Kishoreda and being compared to him by someone like Ashaji was a big high. In the same show, I also sang a few songs as a backing singer for Ashaji, and she told me I should pursue singing seriously. So for the last two-and-a-half-years I have just concentrated on the album.

You can read the rest of our feature on Ganesh Hegde in the November 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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