Hindi Karaoke Is Making a Comeback
If you live in Mumbai and want to channel your inner Bob Dylan, you have a million options. But it turns out that channeling your inner Lata Mangeshkar or Sonu Nigam is trickier matter, because Hindi karaoke is hard to find. It is ironic that the city of Bollywood seems to harbor so few places for fans to imitate their vocal idols, but K Mohan of the fusion band Agnee has an explanation. In Mumbai's Time Out, he says, People who want to sing in Hindi have a million other outlets to do it, such as in school and college competitions, on TV and radio. However, a few venues have appeared at the vanguard of Hindi karaoke, first amongst them being Three Wise Men, in Santa Cruz West, where Thursday nights are devoted to Bollywood. Prashant Chada, a TWM co-owner, believes that the trend will soon catch on. Because we were so successful with our English karaoke nights, we decided to go ahead with it. We were the first ones in Bangalore to dedicate a night to Bollywood. And it does so well is because in this country everyone sings or at least thinks they can sing! Villa69 in Juhu recently launched a mixed karaoke night, which, according to director-partner Suved Lohia, allows guests to experiences the best of both worlds. Instead of having just English songs or Hindi songs, we have a mixed night that caters to everyone, he said. Other bars and restaurants are following suit. The Local (Fort) has Bollywood karaoke on Tuesdays, while Merlin?s at the Orchid has a karaoke list with numerous Hindi tracks. Unfortunately, while people might love the chance to go retro, older Bollywood tracks present challenges, since their recording quality is poor, which is bad news for all 50s and 60s fans out there. But there is still plenty to choose from. So what are the Hindi numbers that Mumbaikars love to sing. Prashant Chadha says, Jumma Chumma Dede is a favourite. Festive or celebratory songs are more popular, more than, say, Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein.