IndependenceDay2022: Singer Asees Kaur says she is blessed to be Indian

Just like her fellow Indians, singer Asees Kaur feels immense pride, joy and gratitude for her country as it celebrates 75 years of independence today. “I’m lucky to be an Indian,” she says while soaking up the patriotic fervor at India Gate.

The singer, who has lent her voice to Bollywood chartbusters such as Raataan Lambyan (Shershaah; 2021) and Ve Maahi (Kesari; 2019), played at the capital’s Thyagaraj Stadium on the eve of Independence Day. Carrying his love for the country, Kaur shares: ‘I was very excited [for the event]. We had to present different colors of the Indian flag. I represented the white and I sang Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram… i would really like to sing patriotic songs [in films]. A song I wish I had sung was Ae Watan of Raazi (2018). »

From fond memories of growing up in a free country to heartbreaking memories of her grandparents witnessing the aftermath of partition, she relives it all as she gazes at India Gate, which gets the tricolor crown when dusk sets in. ‘installed. ‘m really lucky to be born in free India. My grandfather and my grandfather used to tell us horrible stories about the score. I know their stories, their struggles and all the hardships they went through,” Kaur says.

As she delves into her childhood, memories of having played during Independence Day as part of her school choir come to mind: “I have been a singer since the age of five years. I used to sing all the patriotic songs, VAnde Mataram and Jana Gana Mana. I remember singing on stage with others, all of us in our tricolor dress code; the first group would wear orange, the center would be white, and the second half would be green. And then we also ate rasgullas and samosas during the holidays!

Mention how most individuals only show patriotism on such occasions, and she opines, “Times have changed and everything has gone digital. Social media has taken over the world. Now people celebrate Independence Day, or any day for that matter, using filters. But everyone can have their own way of celebrating, and that’s good. The main essence is to stay connected to your homeland. As long as it’s there, it’s fine.

Born and raised in Panipat, Kaur can still remember how she gorged on Delhi’s street food during her visits, due to the capital’s proximity to her hometown. “When I was growing up, we used to come to Delhi for shopping on weekends. Once here, we will go to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and Sis Ganj Sahib. Even today, whenever we come to Delhi, we have to visit these places I always love Delhi street food and remember eating chhole kulche, samosas and gol gappe Yahan gol gappe kehte hain, by ab mujhe pani puri ki aadat ho gayi hai” , laughs Kaur, who is now based in Mumbai.

Her date with singing began with her renditions of Gurbani which she says were “the essence of her career and her life”. Reminiscing about her early years, she says, “Asees is a Punjabi name and its Hindi translation means ashish, which implies blessings. I have been blessed all my life. Shuruwat se, pehle din se… My father always wanted me to sing Gurbani because in a Sikh family, it’s a tradition that everyone wants their children to be associated with Gurbani. It’s like that [the journey] started and then I had the dream of becoming a playback singer. I decided to move to Mumbai.

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    Naina Arora writes about City, Art and Culture of Gurugram, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City
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