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Face To Face with Singer Susmita Das

Susmita Das Regular artist in the AIR, Cuttack and various TV channels. Regularly performs in stage shows and cultural events both in and outside Bhubaneswar, including those in Rourkela, Sambalpur, Angul, Delhi, Mumbai, Dehradun, Jamshedpur, etc. On an average performs in 3-4 such shows in a month. In the All India Radio her renditions include modern Odia songs, devotional songs and Odissi. In the stage shows she sings mostly Hindi and Odia film songs, devotional songs, ghazals, modern non-film songs, Odissi and semi-classical songs. She specializes in Hindi and Odia film songs of yesteryears. This week she is face to face with nwztoday.com.

Q. Please share how Susmita became ‘Singer Susmita.’

Ans: Singing was my passion from my childhood.  But I had my formal training in music after marriage and formally learnt classical music from late Sunakar Sahu and became an artist in the All India Radio.  I kept learning from various Gurus like Chail Sir in Dehnkannal Prof. Jinde in Dehradun.  After my 2 daughters grew up and my husband was posted in Bhubaneswar I thought of becoming a professional artist in the year 2003.

Q. Music is loved by all age groups, words get meaning with the voice which spells them... your songs, your voice inspires many...how do you react to this? 

Ans: Once Devdas Bhai (Mr. Devdas Chhotray) told me that unless you feel the lyrics and internalise its meaning the song will sound flat.  Therefore, whenever I sing any song I completely identify myself with the situation and sing with all the emotion that is required.  It is more important to read between the lines.  When I sang for Mayadarpan I visualised myself as the lover inside Mansingh.  For my other albums Devdas Bhai was there with me to explain the feeling in his lyrics and moderate my tone and throw. 

Q.Do you think now- a- days songs have become more commercial?

Ans: May be, but I am not sure.  Perhaps the situation was the same earlier.  But now there is more scope for instant publicity and instant success and easier means of reaching out.  Therefore, the so called \'commercial songs\' are getting instant success and may be fading away that quickly.  But the fact remains that the golden songs of the yester-years in any language are still hummed.  See any reality show in TV 90% of the songs are of the 50s to 70s.  In my stage shows there is always demand for the old songs. 

Q. Music is losing its sanctity, your opinion?

Ans: Earlier days people were listening to music but after advent of TV people are giving more importance to the visuals so they now seeing more and listening less.  Therefore, music is becoming more and more beat based than melody based.  So we are getting more dance based songs and less emotional songs.  But still the connoisseurs of music are craving for good melodious songs.  As you know I always sing meaningful songs based on classic literary creations and I do get a lot of request for my songs in my stage shows.

Q. As we know you have performed in most of the places in India & abroad too, what you will you say about your listeners? 

Ans: The listeners are always receptive and appreciative.  They receive you as you communicate.  Anywhere whether in India or abroad I have excellent rapport with the audience. When I perform on stage I get completely absorbed in the songs and the mood of the audience.  I always insist that the lights in the auditorium should not be switched off so that I can have eye contact with audience and communicate with them.

Q. Any special dream regarding music?

Ans: I dream of making good music out of literary creations in Odia and folk writings of different writings from varrious parts of the State.  My dream is to produce music that people would like to \'listen\'.  I also dream of running an institution to promote good music.

Q. Apart from singing, what you prefer to do?

Ans: I am a fitness enthusist.  I believe in \' healthy mind in a helthy body\'.  I run a gymnasium and Aerobics club exclusivelt for ladies.

Q. How do you wish to contribute to Indian Classical Music? 

Ans: Most of my songs are classical based.  I wish to make more and more songs based on Hindustani  music.

Q. Last but not the least, any memorable moment, you wish to share with us.

Ans: My first Album \'Maya Darpan\' was released in the Annual function of the Odisha Society of Americas in Detroit in 2007.  This was a memorable moment for me.  The audience was moved.  One elderly gentleman came to me held my hands, was choked with emotions, could not tell anything and left.  I could not even know who he was.  I cannot express the but the feeling is imprinted in my mind.

Thanks a lot for sharing your time with nwztoday.

 
 
           
 
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