How I 'almost' became a playback singer

In one of my earlier posts, I had written about my dreams of making it big in the music industry some day. In this post, I am going to tell you how I 'almost' made it into the movies as a playback singer. 

I was called in by this music director, Vijay Krishna in Bangalore to record a 'track' for the song he was composing for the Kannada movie, Auto. I was so excited hearing about it and instantly, took an auto (as in auto rickshaw - see the connection. It was as though the universe was telling me something) to the studio. The very thought of telling my family and friends with pride that "Yay! I am going to be singing in a movie" only made my heart beat faster while I was on my way to the music studio. 

Little did I know then that I was going to be a muted singer in this project. I saw my co-singer, Sunil Koshy waiting for me in the studio and I shared my happiness with him. That's when he explained the difference between track singing and playback singing. All of a sudden, the dream bubble I was in got BUSTED. It made me feel like a deflated balloon. 

Nevertheless, I rose like a phoenix (yes, it was a big deal back then) and finished my recording. Now, as I write this, I am laughing at the person I was back then, the person who thought for a moment that she was going to be a celebrated playback singer overnight.

Here's the song I recorded that day as a muted singer. It was later, released in the voices of established playback singers, Harish Raghavendra and Harini Tipu. The song has traces of raag Reethigowla and Jog.

Thankfully, my vocals are not muted in this version.  

Do you have any experience of track singing or do you know any track singers who made it big in the music industry? Share your thoughts. 


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