Entertainment Sandalwood 22 Jan 2017 Such a long and illu ...

Such a long and illustrious journey

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SNEHA KALRA
Published Jan 22, 2017, 1:17 am IST
Updated Jan 22, 2017, 7:08 am IST
Sandalwood playback singer Chintan Vikas shot to fame after winning a state award. We trace his journey so far in this candid chat.
My parents used to put up street plays.  My father would make me stand in the middle of the road and ask me to sing
 My parents used to put up street plays. My father would make me stand in the middle of the road and ask me to sing

For popular Sandalwood playback singer Chintan Vikas, music has always been a way of life. His parents are notable members of the theatre industry which is what pushed the Mysuru lad to become a part of the musical world.

Now based in Bengaluru, Chintan recently shot to fame after winning a state award and voicing the tunes of films like Dodda Mane Huduga and Kirik Party.  In a tete-a-tete, the 27 year old talks about his struggles, achievements, projects and more...

 

The classically trained musician admits that he got into the field at the tender age of five! “My parents used to put up street plays. My father would make me stand in the middle of the road and ask me to sing – to attract attention. That is my first memory of singing,” he reminisces.

Chintan’s parents wanted him to study into classical music, “but I rebelled and got into theatre instead,” says the youngster who received his first state award in seventh grade. That same year Chintan also bagged his first child’s role in the Kannada film Tapori.

 

And after completing his PUC in Mysuru, Chintan decided to to pursue music. “My parents  didn’t push me to study further,” says the disciple of Pt. Veerabhadhaiah Hiremanth.

Soon he moved to Bengaluru to study Electronic music production and paved his way into the Kannada music scene. “I assisted  V Manohar  and got to learn a lot from him as well.  It’s been around nine years since I’ve moved to Bengaluru and I have only felt settled from the past three years. It has taken me that long to make a mark,” reveals Chintan who plays 18 musical instruments including the Kangira and Chowdike Pada, which are a rarity these days.

 

Chintan has recorded his first Marathi track! “Working in the industry has indeed taught me a lot, ” says the winner of  Karnataka state film award for the best male playback singer.

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