Fierce, fantastic and a fashion darling, she is a self-confessed “rock ‘n’ roll chick at heart”, brought up on a diet of rock ‘n’ roll music at home, thanks to her folks. As a far cry from the newbie singer who made the cut with the all-girls pop band Viva in 2002, the leggy Anushka Manchanda has made her mark through foot-tapping renditions in Dum Maaro Dum, Apna Har Din, Allah Duhai Hai…

Singer Anushka Manchanda redefines contemporary rock in Indian music

“I have grown up listening to Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. My parents had a big collection of AC/DC, Iron Butterfly,” recalls Anushka with a smile.  Cut to 2015. She has been working with ace music directors like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Salim-Sulaiman. “It has been quite crazy since Viva was dissolved, actually. Initially I had no idea what I was doing, but, over the years, I learnt on the job. It is a very competitive industry, but I work hard and I feel like I am blessed. There is still so much to do. Singing with all the music directors whose work I have admired, loved and respected for so many years is an honour. And every song I do with them is a coup for me.”

She has been making news for her fashion-meet-grunge looks as much as for her songs she has video-blogged on her own YouTube channel. They have been setting the music charts on fire. “As a musician, it is always amazing to work with other musicians, no matter where they come from. I have jammed with musicians from all over the world and have already collaborated with a few. Singing for music directors for commercial films is also a collaboration. There is so much to learn from them. My focus now is on becoming a stronger commercial singer,” is her explanation. Anushka swears that there is more to her than singing and performing on stage, and that you will see soon! “My brother Shikhar and I have also wrapped up music for an advertisement recently. That’s another interesting avenue opening…

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald

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