What do you make of the mass hysteria that you evoke among fans?
They are not reacting to me the person but the music. The day I forget that will be my
undoing. Be it a local dandiya show or performing in front of the camera for a video album, the commercial aspect does not worry me. I sing from my heart and think of the song and the music.
Your albums too have been runaway hits. Why don’t you do them more often?
I’ve always tried to marry the traditional and folk with the modern. But fusion shouldn’t mean confusion. Trends will keep changing but the lure of simple lyrics and melodies is eternal.
The last time you sang for Bollywood was in 2002, for Na Tum Jaano Na Hum. Why don’t you sing often for movies?
Where’s the time? My tours and concerts keep me tied. Besides I want time to travel and relax too. If an interesting project comes along, I’ll think about it.
You are surrounded by revellers in some of the fanciest traditional costumes while you perform very feminine numbers. Aren’t you tempted to dress up?
I stand out so I’m better off in shirts and trousers in a crowd of traditionally dressed. (laughs) Jokes apart, this is what I’m comfortable in. I’ll never change my style for anything in the world.