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Auto-tuning software cannot make singers: Shubha Mudgal

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Celebrity singer-musician Shubha Mudgal is all for Bollywood actors who choose to sing, but is wary of the use of software that can "turn a tone-deaf actor into a singer".

The Hindustani classical vocalist felt such softwares – which can correct pitch defects, among other things – raised more of a toast to technology than to a person's musical talent. "If an individual is multi-faceted and can genuinely act and sing well, I think it is absolutely wonderful to be so enormously talented," she said. But ‘auto-tuning’ that turned any actor into a singer was another matter, she felt. "I guess one can only become a fan of the software and not of the singer in such cases," Mudgal chuckled.

The singer, who recently performed at the third edition of the Indian Classical Music festival 'Ibtida', also expressed concern over the lack of preservation of hand-crafted Indian instruments. "Indian musicians still primarily use hand-crafted Indian instruments. But no effort is being made to insure such instruments. Neither has the government thought of lessening tax on these instruments," she said.

"We need to cultivate amongst most of the irreverent youth – a sense of pride and respect for our own music, our great master-craftsmen who have made Indian instruments for generations, and for the great exponents of these arts," said the Padma Shri musician. But that is not to say she does not embrace "non-Indian music and instruments".

Interestingly, Mudgal is also open to "all kinds of experimentation" driven by the internet and technology.

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