Soumita Saha is a recognized singer in Kolkata. Her recent international debut with Ishq song was launched on 1 February. The song beyond shadow of a doubt marked its presence worldwide. The song had been innumerable times downloaded and its popularity can be analyzed by the continuous playing of songs on worldwide radio. Since then song is available on different music apps like amazon music, i-tunes, google play and Saavn.
1: What does Soumita Saha listen to every day?
Well, naming just one song would be difficult, but I surely listen to Enrique Iglesias’ songs everyday. My daily routine is incomplete without listening to his song ‘Hero’. Some of Tagore’s songs rule my playlist too.
2. Who was your inspiration for getting into this singing industry?
My Parents. My father is a renowned Rabindrasangeet
3: What is your process when you go about creating a new music composition score? Also, who are some artists that you look up to and have learned from?
Since my teenage days, I have been assisting my father in music arrangements and compositions. I believe that the process of working on a new composition needs a lot of dedication. For me lyrics plays a very important role. Lyrics decides what kind of inclination the tune requires.Take melancholy for instance, melancholy without the use of komal gandhar is a lot like taking a fish out of water.
Vidushi, Kaushiki Chakraborty Desikan, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesious and Mohit Chauhan are some of my favorite artists and I have learnt a lot from them. Kaushiki Chakraborty belongs to Patiala Gharana of Indian Classical music. She is equally amazing with semi classical playback numbers. Her versatility is praise worthy and this makes her every newcomer’s inspiration. I have also been a Celine Dion fan since childhood. My kind of music is something where melody is the backbone. Needless to say Dion is a melody queen. Expression plays indispensably significant role in music and Enrique is undoubtedly the king of expressions. I love Mohit Chauhan’s songs too. His songs have quintessential western touch that blends so perfectly with tunes of root. This kind of versatility is assuredly infrequent.
4: What’s your typical day like? Do you draw most of your creative/inspiration within your mind? Also, what’s your favorite food?
My day begins with Riyaaz, then I go for some physical exercise followed by music and works. I have always been a disciplined person. I wake up and grab a cup of tea. Before I rush to work, I make sure my Skin Care routine is not incomplete and I’ve dolled up well. I always focus on looking good because it makes me feel happy. Apart from regular music practice, I try to give equal time to new compositions as well. I intermittently prioritize new compositions over regular practice.
Imagination certainly plays the important role as magic wand for artists. Whether it is a Tagore song or a new composition, imagining it in my way is absolute must. I recorded a Tagore song ‘Gram Chhara oi Ranga Matir poth’ few months back and trust me I was busy finding pictures of my trips to villages. Whenever I sing I need that imagination somewhere in my mind. Music without a little bit of “Dramebaazi” is not music .
I am a passionate foodie. My friends often say “your choice of food also shows unity in diversity just like your music” (laughs). I love authentic Bengali cuisines that includes Bhetki Paturi and Aaloo Posto. Kolkata style Biriyani and Galuti Kabab are also included in my list of favourites. I also love Italian cuisines. My father says, if I share mixed sauce pasta with a man, he is probably the man I’m gonna marry (laughs).
5: How do you feel about the fact that the respective music industries seem to be the default source of music in our country? There aren’t many successful pop artists who create albums anymore. Do you see this trend returning?
Music is a vast concept, it is a religion. It is sad to see music Industry becoming another extension of Film Industry these days. Independent artists also focus on cover and remix trend these days. I wish independent artists came up with songs like Alisha Chinoy’s Made in India. I am not going to say Pop artists do not focus on Albums any longer. Some of them are definitely hitting the right chords, but the problem lies elsewhere.Those amazing songs are not reaching Indian audience in the right way. From Radio Stations to popular Music TV Channels, all of them are interested in allocating majority of slots to Filmy Songs.Therefore,it is becoming absolutely difficult for Album songs to reach audience. When we were in school, Euphoria’s songs and music videos used to be the topic of discussions. During the advent of Band Music in our country, I have seen bands performing Euphoria’s Songs on stage. During Inter school band competitions, Euphoria songs gave tough competition to other songs. But these days a song is recognized more by the name of the movie it belongs to. Honestly, I don’t see the Album trend returning. But yes, people still appreciate good singles. Gajendra Verma’s Emptiness proved this point, a couple of years ago.
I wasn’t expecting too much from my song Ishq. Good work still manages to hit the right chord.
6: Are there any western musicals pieces that have shaped your musical talent?
The shaping phase of my musical career was done by Shastriya Sangeet and Tagore music absolutely. I have always been a little inclined towards western pop though . Songs like ‘When I need you by Celine Dion and ‘Lost in Your Eyes’ by Debborah Gibson were close to my heart . Celine Dion and Debborah Gibson’s perfection always inspires me.
7: What do people close to you call you? Any nicknames?
My parents call me ‘Mum’,It is a common nickname you’ll find among Bengali girls .
Kuhu is the nickname used by most of my close friends and relatives. Some of our relatives and friends call me Soumi too. My fans nicknamed me “Emptiness Girl” couple of years ago when my compilation of ‘Tere Bina-Emptiness III’ went viral. Now I think I would be called “Ishq Girl” (Laughs).
8: If you could redo the score to any classic film, which film would it be and why?
I wish I could remake ‘Guide’. Having read R K Narayan’s novel more than twice, I feel this movie has got evergreen vibe. I feel that the story stirringly evolves into a philosophical awakening greater than the circumstances it portrays. Doubtlessly, the movie is an absolute classic of Hindi movies. In a way this movie broke traditions by presenting a relationship between two unconventional people.The thing that I love about the movie is that the protagonist is not infallible, he is human.
I think the remix of the songs from this movie’s going to sound divine. I think Abhay Deol and Ileana D’Cruz can do justice to Raju and Rosie’s role.
9: What music moves you the most?
Tagore Songs.Trust me, if you want to explore Tagore’s music, life is too short for it. It is not possible to explore the depth of Tagore’s music in a single birth. Other than Tagore’s music, originals by Independent artists touches my soul more that film music does.
10: What’s your very best advice for life?
I would advise people to be the best version of oneself. It doesn’t matter whether you succeed or fail, you should always focus on improving yourself. Yesterday I tried hard to be better than the girl I was the day before yesterday. Only after perpetual cycles of improvement, you would be able to realize your dreams.