We all have some hidden talents and exclusive potentials. We tend to forget the same in our daily lives. If someone admires us then we have the same lame reply that it’s just a hobby and nothing else. These hobbies need money to become a talent. They are not wrong but still, money cannot give them everything that they are looking for.
Let’s assume you want to be a singer. Is money everything that you are looking for? Will, you were not happy if you are appreciated by people who are carried away by your melodies? Don’t you like when the generations after you will seek your guidance as a mentor?
Being a singer is not a difficult job but everything is fair in your love for singing and a passion to become a singer.
Types of singers
Okay! If you are motivated enough now then you should know the types of music and singers. Till the time you are not associated with a particular type of music, at that time you are just a freestyle singer. Being a singer also depends on the type of music you are interested in. Suppose, you are more towards classical music then you will prefer to see yourself as a classical singer.
- Classical: The craft of established singing is being drilled in the Indian subcontinent since ages. In fact, it is considered as one of the fundamental routes through which a person can interface with God. The particular types of tunes sung by established artists are known as ‘Ragas’. A portion of these Ragas is said to have a heavenly quality in them, which helps a person in thinking.
- Ethnic: Ethnic music is also known as Folk music. This kind of songs are regionally sung and are equally specialized in its own form. Ethical and folk songs have the power to influence people internationally.
- Filmy- Filmy songs are mostly preferred for movies which depict the characters of the movie or the plot of the movie in short. These songs are more romantic, cool and cheesy as it is a conversation portrayed through melodies.
- Free Jazz/ Funky- Jazz songs, also known as Free Jazz or funky jazz are more expressive in lyrics and portrayal. Its pitch is differently designed. To get a clear idea of how is Jazz songs you can refer to the Bollywood hits like Ina Mina Dika, Jane Tu, Khwabon ke parinde, ek ladki bheegi bhagi si, Behka mein behka, kaisi paheli zindagani, Mera nam Chin Chin chu, Piya tu ab to aja and there is enough in the list.
- Ambient- Ambient is a type of music that developed as a reaction against disco and dance music and that uses relaxing electronic sounds, usually without strong beats or voices. The focus of the ambient song is more on creating an atmosphere for the listeners.
- Patriotic- Patriotic songs are devoted to the nation. We have patriotic hits in the entertainment industry like Ma Tujhe Salam, Mere Desh ki dharti, Ae Watan and many more.
- Rock- Rock music is usually loud music. The sole motive here is to entertain and make the audience dance in its tunes. Rock bands are popular in general as well as the college events.
Government Institutes for Music in India
More than the education you need extensive training in music and singing. The only thing is that your voice should define the standard of music.
- Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University
This university offers 3 years B.A. in Vocal, Veena, and Violin and 3 years Diploma courses in Vocal, Veena, Violin and Mridangam
- The Delhi Music Society
- Sangeet Natak Academy- It offers training programmes to its students. The duration of the training is 1 year to 5 years depending on the students.
- Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)– IGNOU provides certificate courses in Music and arts.
- Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra of Music and Dance- It has a separate department named Hindustani Classical Vocal Music and Hindustani Semi-Classical Vocal.
- The University of Delhi- The University of Delhi also known as Delhi University is rich in its culture of music, dance, and drama.
Tips MUST for singers
- Consume water regularly in a day for the time you are not landed in a problem.
- Speak as much as needed.
- Explore the usage of words.
- Practice the songs until you are satisfied.
- Ask for reviews from your friends.
- Don’t hesitate to rap when you are in the mood.
- Do proper mouth exercise.
Careers in Singing
- Playback singing: A playback singer is the one who gives his voice to the composed song written by a composer. He can compose the song as well and sing the same song. The playback singers are mostly hired to sing in movies or TV serials. In movies, the original voice contains the songs sung by a professional singer and the actor and actress portrayed in the song only do lip sing.
- Live Performer: A singer or even a playback singer can perform live for the audience. There is no scope of editing or directing. Once a song is sung it is considered delivered.
- Music Composer: A music composer brings together all the inputs received in the process of making a song. The instrumental, vocal and background elements are combined to give an output in the form of a full-fledged song.
- Create Albums: If you are a bit multi-talented then you can convert your focus in your own album. Make a team with your friends, divide the duties and their departments and create an album. There is no need for a movie if you are delivering your album solely or in a group.
- Music Director: A music director leads the whole process of governing and managing all aspects of a song.
- Music Teacher: This is comparatively a convenient way to lead your career as a singer as well as a musician.
Contacts and References
In order to take singing as a career starting creating your portfolio and contacts.
Scope for Singers
A song can make the career of a singer. Many of the songs go on for ages and those songs make the singers legendary. Take some examples of Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Sonu Nigam, Mohammad Rafi, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, A.R. Rahman, Arjit Singh, and Shreya Ghoshal. This is a never-ending list. From the advent of music till date we have end number of singers who are all legendary with the release of their blockbuster songs. Here is a list of songs by these legends.
- Kishore Kumar
Famous songs- Mere sapno ki rani kab aegi tu (movie- Aradhana), Mere Samne wali khidki mein (movie- Padosan), Tere jaisa yar kahan (movie- Yarana), Khai ke paan Banaras wala (movie- Don) and a plenty more.
He was appreciated with the title “Best Playback singer in the years 1971,1972,1973 and 1975.
- Lata Mangeshkar
Famous songs- Ajeeb Dastan hai yeh (movie- Dil apna aur preet parai), Pyar kia to darna kya (movie-Anarkali), Bindia Chamkegi (movie- Do raste), Kabhi kabhi mere dil me (movie- Kabhi kabhie), Didi tera devar deewana (movie- Hum apke hai kaun) and more are yet to come.
She was presented Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989, Bharat Ratna Award in 2001, ANR national awards and many more are already locked in her account.
These are few more collections of 20th-century songs:
- Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein, movie – Kabhi Kabhi, Singer- Mukesh Chanda Mathur (Mukesh)), and Composer- Mohammad Zahur Khayyam (Khayyam).
- In Aankhon ki masti, movie- Umrao Jan, Singer- Asha Bhosle and composer- Khayyam.
- Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua, movie- shree 420, singer- Lata Mangeskar and Prabodh Chandra Dey (Mann Deyy) and composer- Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal and Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi
So, if you want to see your career as a singer then please start preparing from today itself. You can participate in as many events of your choice. There are different shades of music that you can enroll in.