Cyberspace is my best friend, says Amit Kumar
Now, Amit will be back on the Internet in a big way with his latest compositions and one can go to YouTube or Saavn for his new musical offerings from July. Amit’s own music company – Kumar Brother’s Music – will get the copyright for all the audio-videos. Encouraged by the success of Baba Mere, his first Saavn hit in 2015, Amit will release a new song every month.
“I had once sung for the best composers of Bollywood, like RD Burman. I don’t think I fit in with
this generation of film music. From now on, cyberspace is my best friend”, Amit, who withdrew from Bollywood playback singing years ago, told Millennium Post from Mumbai.
Monsoon in Mumbai is what inspired the gifted 65-year-old to write his new songs. While the themes vary from depression to love, he feels “romance is always right” and is mentally ready to release a new album in December this year.
Even on stage, Amit now wants to perform his own songs. “My father is my inspiration and I have sung his songs all my life. From now on, I plan to sing more of my own compositions on stage”, he said.
There are 15-18 ready to be videographed compositions in Amit’s collection at present. Though Amit Kumar introduced his own daughter Muktika in his Baba Mere album in 2015, he is unsure of her taking up a career in music professionally. “You have to be diplomatic to survive in Bollywood”, rues
Amit, who now regularly performs abroad and has several stage shows lined up in Singapore and the UK among other places.
Listening to classical singers like Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Ustad Abdul Karim Khan at the moment, Amit Kumar now lives with his step-mother Leena Chandavarkar and mother Ruma Guha Thakurta, as well as his own wife and daughter in Mumbai.
Is he willing to give new singers a platform in his own company? “There is a lot of fresh talent coming up through music shows like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. I am willing to give newcomers a chance but they also have to understand that there will be no instant money or success. They will get a prestigious platform and stage show offers initially”, he added.
On the Amit Kumar Fan Club, which has just released “Nostalgic Notes” featuring him singing RD Burman’s songs, Amit said, “I feel happy that this one is outstandingly active. I think initiating the RD Burman statue for the first time in the globe was a landmark work by the fan club.”
“They even commemorated my father’s 25th death anniversary by releasing a special postal cover
by the Indian Post, which was also very prestigious honour,” said Amit.