The Kannada magnum opus ‘KGF2’ distributed in Kerala by Prithviraj Productions is eagerly awaited by the Malayalees. Even the songs are already very popular Among them, the melody “Gaganam Neeye” sung by Anna Baby is one of the favorites. We chatted with the singer.
A dream start
I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to sing in a film like ‘KGF2’. It’s also my first mainstream film, thanks to my musical director friend 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 voice samples. I send a melody of ‘KGF1’. It was approved by Ravi sir who called me and told me I was on board. The next day, I went to Mangalore and recorded the song at Ravi monsieur’s studio. Sudhanshu Rao had also sung some parts with Ravi sir. I was over the moon when Mr. Ravi complimented me.
When an engineer became a singer
I’m an engineer and I worked in a company for a short time. But as singing has always been my passion, I decided to focus on this area. I started learning Carnatic music from the age of six and also trained Hindustani under Ustad Fayaz Khan. The learning is still ongoing. During my school-college years, I regularly participated in youth festivals. With my friends, I made a music album called “Engo Maranju”. I like to sing all kinds of songs. But my listeners tell me that they enjoy listening 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 in Pala. I am grateful for the support I receive from my family. Even my 103-year-old grandmother is a fan. My in-laws are also extremely supportive.
Satisfied with the reception
It gives me such joy to see my song ‘Gaganam neeye’ on YouTube. Everything looks like a dream. I even get calls from people who don’t even know me. There were messages that made me cry and they came from people who know how much I love music. Such words are always a great source of encouragement.
I am a fan of Janaki amma and Latha ji and consider them my gurus. I also like Chithra chechi a lot and coincidentally mostly sang his songs. I love AR Rahman’s songs and he is a huge inspiration.