Kannada magnum opus 'KGF2' distributed in Kerala by Prithviraj Productions is awaited keenly by Malayalees. Even the songs are already very popular Among them, the melody, ‘Gaganam Neeye’ sung by Anna Baby is a top favourite. We had a chat with the singer.
A dream debut
I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to sing in a film like 'KGF2'. This is also my first mainstream film, thanks to my friend music director Sam Simon George. They were looking for a Malayali singer for the songs composed by Ravi Basrur. That’s when Sam told me to send some voice samples. I send across a melody from 'KGF1'. It was approved by Ravi sir who called and told me I was on board. The very next day, I went to Mangalore and recorded the song at Ravi sir’s studio. Sudhanshu Rao had also sung some portions along with Ravi sir. I was over the moon when Ravi sir complimented me.
When an Engineer became a singer
I am an engineer and I have worked in a company for a brief period. But since singing was always my passion, I decided to concentrate on this field. I started learning Carnatic music from the age of six and have also trained Hindustani under Ustad Fayaz Khan. The learning is still on. During my school-college days, I used to regularly participate in youth festivals. Along with my friends, I have done a music album called ‘Engo Maranju.’ I like to sing all kinds of songs. But I am told by my listeners that they love to listen to my melodies.
My family is very supportive
My family consists of my husband Arun Augustine and our 6-month-old baby Adleen. Our ancestral home is at Poovarani at Pala. I am grateful for the support I get from my family. Even my 103-year-old grandmom is a fan. My in-laws are also hugely supportive.
Happy with the reception
It gives me such joy to see my song ‘Gaganam neeye’ trending on YouTube. Everything looks like a dream. I am even getting calls from people who don’t even know me. There were some messages that had me in tears and they were from people who know how much I love music. Such words are always a big source of encouragement.
I am a fan of Janaki amma and Latha ji and consider them as my gurus. I am also very fond of Chithra chechi and coincidently I have mostly sung her songs. I love AR Rahman songs and he is a huge source of inspiration.