Global exposure of Indian films behind Oscar success: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Panaji, Feb 26 (IANS) Playback singer and Padmashri awardee Kavita Krishnamurthy attributes growing global exposure of Indian films as a key factor behind India's success at the 81st Academy Awards.

Music maestro A.R. Rahman bagged two golden statuettes for "Slumdog Millionaire" for best original score and best original song for "Jai Ho", while Resul Pookutty won an Oscar for sound mixing in "Slumdog Millionaire" at the Oscars Sunday.

"Earlier Indian movies were released only locally. Now our films are not only being watched in the Britain, US and Europe, they are even being premiered there to crowded openings," Kavita told reporters here.

"Earlier our ustads and pandits composed great songs, but India was not a powerful country then. Nowadays, we have the world looking up at us. Indians are now on the world's powerlist," she added.

The singer said that Rahman's Oscar heroics had given a shot in the arm to India's film industry on the world scenario.

"We are all so proud of him. Bollywood music has reached the international stage," she said.

Kavita, who is in Goa to participate in a concert, however lamented the generation shift which technology had triggered in the field of playback singing.

"I am not sure how a legendary duet like 'Haal kaisa hai janaab ka' can be sung now in this time and age. There is a sense of joy when a duet is being sung by singers together. Nowadays, I record my part of the duet and then I do not even know who's the male playback singer or how he will sing," she said.

Kavita also regretted the fact that the live orchestra, which accompanied singers earlier, was now a thing of the past.

"In those days, I used to dub for Lataji (Mangeshkar) or Ashaji (Bhosle) for their rehearsals or during shooting. It was electric," she said, adding that a single mistake by the singer would lead to a complete repetition of performance.

"But it was worth it," she said.

Kavita also applauded the various reality talent hunts on television, saying that the shows gave talented singers from 'certain kinds of backgrounds' a platform, which otherwise would have been impossible.

"It helps to break the initial barrier. It is very difficult to get accomplished names to listen to you so early in your career otherwise," she said.

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