“I’m previous the darkish days and glad that it’s over,” says Akriti Kakar referring to her life after testing optimistic for COVID-19. The singer making a comeback as a choose on Zee Bangla’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Li’l Champs had been in talks with the workforce for just a few years however dates by no means labored out. With stay gigs and main music occasions getting cancelled as a result of pandemic, she might take up the supply now.
The present already on air (Saturday, Sunday 9 30 pm) with Mika Singh, Srikanta Acharjee, and Pleasure Sarkar as judges and mentors.
Sanitisation, masks, gloves, social distancing and a regulated variety of individuals on a set had been norms adopted through the taking pictures. Publish-lockdown, the crew tailored to the brand new regular. But Akriti and Mika, the ‘travelling judges’ (from Mumbai to Kolkata for taking pictures) regardless of present process a strict quarantine interval, examined optimistic for the virus. The duo used to watch four-day quarantine, endure a COVID-19 take a look at on the fifth day and shoot solely when the reviews got here unfavourable. She says, “These are testing instances for the world. I resumed work after giving a lot thought to it. Regardless of taking all doable precautions, it (testing optimistic for COVID-19) nonetheless occurred.” Thereafter, Akriti was beneath residence quarantine however is match now and gearing up for the following schedule of the present in November.
The present takes her again to seven years when she was a actuality present choose for one season of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs. Calling it a studying expertise, she remembers, “The contestants (youngsters) sang with out caring about judges’ remarks. We elders usually litter our minds and typically that impacts our singing. This expertise (as a choose) modified the best way I have a look at life and my singing at recordings and stage live shows. I started to sing as if it was my first and final probability.”
Ever since composer Jeet Ganguly gave her first break within the movie Paglu, she has sung many Bengali chartbusters and shares a particular bond with Bengalis. “I owe my success in Bengal to Jeet Ganguly da,” she says.
Akriti was to have launched a brand new single this 12 months however because of lockdown, she seems for an year-end launch. Her sisters Sukruti and Prakriti had launched ‘Hum Tum’, a dance quantity not too long ago. The trio have carried out as Kakkar Sisters for stay live shows in USA, Dubai, Oman, Thailand, and likewise India. They’d additionally completed a three-city tour for The Hindu November Fest just a few years in the past. Will the three sisters come collectively once more for a mission? “It’s powerful to plan with our busy schedules however sure, it’s on our minds and can occur,” she ends on a optimistic word.