Thursday, April 29, 2010

Is Sunidhi Chauhan still in a dominating position in bollywood music?

Is Sunidhi Chauhan still in a dominating position in bollywood music?

Very strangely the world of bollywood singers had got more competitive and diversified. Few years back the contest for the top female playback singer was between Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alisha Chinoy, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal.

Sunidhi Chauhan, born on August 14th, 1983, stormed bollywood music with her brilliant performance in the song “ruki ruki si zindagi” in Ram Gopal Verma’s film Mast. Her powerful westernized intonation and presentation had created an interest in most composers to cast her in westernized songs and also folk songs.

She made her presence strongly felt in songs like “desi girl” in Dostana, composed by Vishal Shekhar, “race sanson ki” in Race, composed by Pritam, “dance pe chance” in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, composed by Salim Sulaiman, “kaisi peheli” in Parineeta, composed by Shantonu Moitra, to name a few. She got nominations for the best female singer in filmfare awards a number of times.

She won the filmfare award for the best female playback singer in the film Omkara, for the song “beeri jalaile”. But the scenario had changed in the last couple of years. Along with the dominance of ace singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Alisha Chinoy and others, new female singers had entered the competitive scenario.

The most popular songs of 2009, had been “genda phool” sung by Rekha Bharadwaj from film Dilli 6, composed by AR Rehman, and “iktaara” sung by Kavita Seth from film Wake Up Sid, composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, creating a new trend in recent times. In addition to that, other singers like Mahalakshmi Iyer, Shilpa Rao, had created stiff competition for the already established singers like Sunidhi Chauhan.

The question that hovers in the minds of music lovers that is Sunidhi Chauhan safe at her dominating position in 2010, when upcoming singers had divided the singing scenario into more compartments. Recently Sunidhi Chauhan had been judging Indian idol contestants with Anu Malik and Salim Merchant herself. She herself is also looking for new voices. Time will tell, when Sunidhi Chauhan can keep up her good work and strong presence felt in bollywood films.

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