Akriti Kakar started learning Hindustani Classical music at a young age of five from her mother, who holds a doctorate in music from the Delhi University. She was the winner of Sa Re Ga Ma in 1998 and has since then, has lent her voice to hit movies such as Namaste London, 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, among others. In a chat, Akriti tells us about her musical favourites:
One song that you listen to on repeat mode on your iPod these days:
I’m addicted to Lagi Bina from Coke Studio 9 Pakistan currently.
If you had to put together a soundtrack for your life, which five songs would best describe your life?
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Tere Bin Nahi Lagda Dil Mera for the sheer passion in his voice, Lag Ja Gale by Lata Mangeshkar, Smile by Nat King Cole for when I’m feeling low, Ki Banu Duniya Da by Gurdas Mann and Diljit Dosanjh for the message it conveys and the title song of Kal Ho Na Ho by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.
Is there a song you love to listen to when:
You’re happy and upbeat: Laung Gavacha by Nucleya
You’re really low: Hero by Mariah Carey
You’re working out: Shot Me Down featuring Skylar Grey by David Guetta
How would you describe your taste in music?
I’ve been surrounded by incredible music during my formative years. I love listening to Indian Classical music, Bollywood, folk songs from all regions as well as Sufi music from years ago.
Your favourite time/way to listen to music during the day:
I start my day with my riyaaz followed by music playing almost throughout the hours that I am at home.
Is there any music you used to love as a teenager that you’re now embarrassed by?
Many songs from the ‘90s that I don’t believe I used to even sing, forget liking!
One band/musician you want a private concert from: Michael Jackson
One live act you would love to see at least once in your life: