Sin has achieved tremendous accolades and a tremendous amount of love for her musical prowess in a very short time. Her ability to captivate audiences with her impeccable knowledge of music is absolutely fascinating. From acting and singing to dancing, Sithara is certainly a force to be reckoned with and a powerhouse of pure talent.
In an exclusive interview with News18, the extremely talented Sithara Krishnakumar spoke about her career, her art, the journey she has been on so far and much more-
Excerpts from the interview-
Can you describe your musical journey and what initially inspired you to pursue a career in music?
My family has always had a great affinity with the classical arts and I was introduced to music as a child. Although I ultimately started my artistic journey as a classical dancer, the world of music continued to fascinate me and I knew I wanted to learn more. My journey in music, from talent show participant to playback and independent musician, is rooted in my desire to find my true voice and its place in the vast arena of music. I guess I’m still learning.
You excel in playback singing in multiple languages. How do you adapt your singing style to different film industries and regional music preferences?
I believe music is universal and even though there are regional nuances specific to each industry, decoding it is mostly a matter of immersing yourself in the regional culture. That has always been a nice experience for me.
What’s your creative process like when you’re preparing to record a new song? How do you connect with the emotions of the lyrics?
I have been fortunate to work with some of the industry’s most renowned music directors and they have helped me navigate their creative needs. The songs I compose and perform as an independent identity come deeply from my personal perspectives and emotions. So the connection there is purely organic.
Collaboration is essential in the music industry. Can you share some memorable experiences or challenges you have encountered while collaborating with other musicians or composers?
As I said before, I have worked with some of the best composers and singers in the country. Each collaboration opportunity has taught me something new and I cherish these interactions immensely. It’s impossible to choose just one.
Can you tell us about specific songs or projects that have had a significant impact on your career or personal growth as an artist?
I believe that every project I undertake contributes in some way to my journey as a musician. But “Enundodee,” the song that won me my first state award, is truly special because it paved the way for a very rewarding relationship with my listeners. It was also an exciting experience to be able to explore different aspects of my musicianship through Project Malabaricus and carve out a place for ourselves in the independent music arena.
How do you deal with fear of failure or nerves when you sing live or in front of an audience?
I like to focus on the affection and energy that the audience shows me. It’s exhilarating and humbling at the same time. Moreover, the members of my band Project Malabaricus are like a family to me and I feel comforted in their presence and feed off their enthusiasm on stage.
What advice do you have for aspiring singers looking to establish themselves in the competitive music industry?
I would advise them not to focus on beating the competition, but instead focus on finding their voice and musicality. The pressure to do better than others moves you toward inauthenticity. Invest in vocal training and be patient.
Can you tell us about your association with the South Side story?
Last year we performed for South Side Story and we are happy to be on stage again this year. We think the effort the team has put into introducing the sounds and flavors of South India to a pan-Indian audience is commendable. We are also excited to share the stage with such incredible artists.