Her deep, husky voice in Manasina Olage from the Katha Sangama soundtrack has captivated listeners. Crooner Adithi Sagar, who’s known for her unconventional voice has rendered several noteworthy songs in KFI including Samshaya from 2019’s earlier hit Kavaludaari. In a candid chat with us, the teen gets talking about her journey and more…
“Manasina Olage is a different song, it’s not like the usual tracks you listen to. The entire album has seven different musicians who put in their diverse ideas to sound distinctive. The response is obviously not like a mass movie response, but whatever feedback we are getting is pretty good. The beautiful part of the movie is that we’re letting people experience new music.”
The songstress maintains that the track is very special to her. “I have a very rough, manly voice and a lot of my friends told me that I won’t be able to sing a melody. But I got to prove them wrong,” says Adithi, who’s also sung for the movie Arishad Varga.
With several music buffs calling her the ‘Adele’ of Kannada cinema, Adithi beams, “It’s a huge compliment, Adele is somebody I look up to. I’m at a loss for words, it’s too big for me to talk about. This year, I’ve worked with great people including Charan Raj”. Having sung eleven songs till date including a number in Bhinna and a song for Danish Sait’s upcoming film, the singer is currently going with the flow.
Going back to her early days, the crooner reveals that she belongs to a family where her parents and grandparents used to sing. “When I was really small, I used to sing the national anthem and my Dad (actor Arun Sagar) used to record all of it. I didn’t actually think I’d do anything in my life professionally, I thought I’d become a mom and stay at home. In 8th grade, when my voice turned out to be this from a squeaky little rat, we recorded a few songs titled Aacharavilladha Nalige dedicated to my father’s guru BV Karanth and we put it up on my YouTube channel,” states Adithi, who never got appreciation for her voice when younger. Being a shy kid, people weren’t aware that she could sing. “But now, a lot of people from my family who didn’t even speak to me have started talking to me!” she adds.
Interestingly, Adithi reveals that she dropped out of Christ Junior College to pursue music full-time. Unlike other Indian families where parents don’t encourage the idea of dropping out, this singer had complete support from her father who in fact, didn’t even want her to go to college! “After I finished my 12th grade, my Dad suggested that I get homeschooled and pursue music. But I wanted to experience college and went ahead, but I couldn’t survive! I kept getting headaches and my Mom too recognised this and stopped me from going to college,” smiles Adithi who aims to put out her own music in the future.