Singer Simanta Shekhar has showcased his soulful voice and unique style of singing on popular show MTV Coke Studio. His romantic-rock track ‘Gaanja Liya’ a few months back was also appreciated by music lovers all over the country. Simanta is now gearing up to launch a special regional song in Hindi for a Rajasthan audience.
But an interesting experiment that he tried, has worked out extremely well for which he has received an amazing response. Simanta told media, “I have created a folk fusion version of Bapppi Lahiri’s 80s hit Jilele Jilele. And the response to this number has been tremendous. I’ve added an Assamese bihu flavor to this song. This number has been a rage in Guwahati. Digitally too this song has received a massive response with the YouTube video already registering 1 lakh views in 2 months.”
Having a good experience of singing various folk songs as well as semi-rock songs, Simanta is open to trying his hand at Bollywood numbers. Considering the heavy competition going on in the industry, he said, “I listen to the songs of all the singers of Bollywood. I listen to and appreciate the singing of Arijit Singh, Ankit Tiwari and several other singers from the industry. The good thing about them is all of them are unique in their own style and no one blindly copies anyone. Copycat singers are never successful at establishing their status in the industry.”
But Simanta has some harsh words for superstar singer Mika Singh. He told, “I listen to all of his songs just like the others. There is no doubt about his popularity, even I like his songs but I don’t like his voice and his tone. Mika thinks he is the King of Indipop but that is not true. Even folk songs can be considered Indipop. Just singing any random part written by someone doesn’t make anyone the king of indipop.”
Simanta has performed at more than 500 shows nationally and internationally. He has already performed at 2 shows in the USA and is ready to perform again in the USA. He said, “This will be a festival consisting of folk fusion artists all over the world known as Assam Convention Folk Festival in Las Vegas on . I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills in front of the audience.”