16 April, 2021

Srivatsa Krishna

The IAS officer on singing for the film Shanghai

Srivatsa Krishna

How did you land a track for Shanghai?

I ran into Dibakar Banerjee, the director of Shanghai, after 15 years in a cafe in Mumbai and he offered it to me literally there and then! It was recorded at a day’s notice.

Why not start off your singing career with a south Indian film instead?

I don’t see it as a career, more as a passion. I won’t do it commercially, but selectively, like only when I want to sing the right song.

Your track, Mantra: Vishnu Sahasranamam, is a traditional, religious chant. How does it fit into Shanghai?

I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I can’t say.

Do you have you any more Bollywood offers in the bag?

I have auditioned with India’s most respected global music composer for a major Bollywood production. Let us see what destiny has in store for me.

Tell us about your training as a vocalist.

I believe it is a gift of God, a talent I was born...

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