Humma Humma girl Shashaa Tirupati releases a new cover track
SHE floored us with her impeccable rendition of Vaan Varuvaan from the Mani Ratnam’s 2017 Tamil film, Kaatru Veliyidai. But Shashaa Tirupati is more popularly known as ‘The Humma Girl’, referring to her modern reprise of AR Rahman’s Humma song in OK Jaanu. The National Award-winning singer released a cover of O Pardesi from the film Dev D last week. The Mumbai-based motivational speaker, theatre actor, songwriter and music producer, who is an Indo-Canadian and has been composing music since she was 16, also released her debut original single String of Air. Excerpts:
Why did you choose O Pardesi and not any other song?
It is one of the most iconic songs by Amit Trivedi and I wanted to create a female version of the song. It took me a month to decide the course of action for the song because I didn’t want to kill the original essence of the song. Apart from having a feminine angle to it, I have added some Indian elements into it. So you will find a synthesis of table with the original score.
You have been in the industry for almost a decade now. Why did your debut single String of Air take so much time?
Honestly speaking, I was unsure of my abilities as a songwriter. Over the years, the music industry has given me that assurance and reinstated that sense of confidence in me. I would like to mention playback singers Kannan Mohanand and Vishal Dadlani for their constant support. In fact, I admire Vishal sir immensely. He is like a godfather to me. Though I prefer producing my own songs, the music for String of Air has been produced by two of my friends. The song is about letting your guard down and opening up to trusting people. I used to post one minute videos of my songs on Instagram and after some egging on by my friends and mentors, I decided to finally go ahead with an original composition.
You are also a motivational speaker and have shared stage with AR Rahman as well. What inspired you to be a motivational speaker?
I like influencing and inspiring people, just like music does. It gives a different kind of satisfaction. I have been living on my own ever since I was 18 and with my stories I try to spread positivity.
What are your upcoming projects?
You will definitely hear more of me in Bollywood. Also there are plans for four to five singles this year. You will also see me singing a duet song with Kannan Mohan.
Any plans with AR Rahman?
I am hopeful that we will do some project together. I adore Rahman sir to another degree. He is my go-to person, my guiding light. It was his song Vaan Varuvaan that got me the National Award and it gave me an identity in the industry.