Suchitra-Shekhar’s Daughter on a Song
Fifteen-year-old Kaveri is set to unveil her first English single ‘Did You Know’ which she penned at 11. Suchitra Krishnamoorthi recalls the moment she welcomed her and exhusband Shekhar Kapur’s daughter, Kaveri, at a hospital in London in 2000. “Even her first cry was so melodious,” laughs the proud mother, adding, “She sang as a toddler, took up music classes at six, wrote her first song, “Did You Know”, when she was 11 and recorded it at 12.” Suchitra jokes, “I’m so glad she sings like me and not like Shekhar. We need to look up the lyrics to figure out what he’s usually singing.” The singer-actress-writer tied the knot with the filmmaker in 1997. They separated in 2007 and have been on cordial terms ever since.
Kaveri, now 15, has trained in Hindustani and western classical music and also knows how to play the piano and strum a guitar. The teenager is now gearing up to release the single, “Did You Know”, in a grand way while she preps up to seek admission at London’s Royal College of Music or Guildhall School of Music & Drama, or Berklee School of Music in the US, three of the most prestigious music schools in the world. “After the first single, we’re planning to record more of her songs and release them. She writes and sings in English so the compositions are fresh,” Suchitra points out.
With mentors like her parents, Kaveri sure seems all set for stardom. “She has never had any fear of expression. I look at her as a musical prodigy whose creative decisions are entirely her own. When I suggest something, she won’t even change a bridge or a word unless she’s convinced,” Suchitra says.
Meanwhile, Kaveri who admits she wouldn’t have discovered her love for music if it wasn’t for her parents, recalls that even though she got an early head-start, it wasn’t something she thought she’d pursue. But writing and composing her own songs made things clear. “I realised writing and singing are the only things I’ll never get bored of. My song-writing is largely inspired from situations and people around me and features versions of personal experiences,” the youngster concludes.