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Meet Sangeetha Katti

Students of Auden School, Bangalore recently interviewed singer Sangeetha Katti. Excerpts ...


Hindustani classical and playback singer Sangeeta Katti.

Tell us something about your early years. What made you choose this as your profession?

I always had a very strong interest in music from a very young age. I was born in Dharwad. I spend my day singing, listening to music — especially songs sung by Mohammed Rafi, Hemanth, Lataji, Kishore Kumar and many others. The day I met music director Naushad was the turning point of my life. He asked me to sing some ragas and was impressed and from then on he became my guru.

Is it true that you were trained under Pandit Padmabhushan Basavaraj Raj Guru?

When I was four years old, I trained under Sheshagiri Dhandapur. Then under Chandrashekar Puranik Matt. Much later I was introduced to Padmabhushan Pandit Basavaraj Raj Guru by Chandrashekhar Matt. He was my guru for almost 12 years. After he passed away I was under the patronage of Samrat Kishori Amorkar.

Do you think that enough encouragement is given to classical singers nowadays?

Yes. There has been a change. Compared to the early days, that is the 1980s and 1990s, youngsters these days favour classical music. There is also a lot of appreciation from listeners.

What is your advice to youngsters in this field?

My only advice is "Dedicate, Devote and you will get what you Deserve".

Anupama (teacher) Poorna, Sharadambha, Amrutha, Parineetha, Pratheebha, Ambuja Murthy H.M.

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