Jonita Gandhi is a popular Indo-Canadian singer. She has sung for Chaspiya (Kochadaiiyaan, 2014), Implosive Silence (Highway, 2014),Eai Ki Prem (Bangali Babu English Mem, 2014),E Mon Aajkal (Majnu, 2013) Chennai Express (Chennai Express, 2013)
Her parents migrated to Canada when she was a baby.
She started to sing at a tender age. Since then, she has been a Toronto girl, so popular among the music lover across the globe.
Her film song and albums have been sensation among the online community.
Even she was brought up in a different culture, her language and connection with India is always live. Also, she is spending most of her time in Mumbai,today than Toronto in Canada.
Recently she had a visit in Calicut to perform her bollywood maste as part of the District Tourism Promotion Council’s Onam celebration on Calicut beach.
Jonita spoke to the CNM, in an exclusive interview about her passion for music and her styles and tastes.
She can sing in different languages like Hindi, English, Guajarati, Kananda, Tamil, and Telugu. Her songs turned block buster hits in Indian movies like Highway, and Chennai Express.
She worked with music legendaries like SP Balasubramaniam and AR Rahman.
However if you ask her whether she wants to stay in Mumbai permanently, she would reply:
“I can’t say. I am not sure.”
“I can say one thing. Now, I am permanently staying in India. (Mumbai)
Calicut audience and music fans were really “awesome”.
She commented on the support she got from such a huge audience attended on the beach.
She used social media and other online platforms to reach more and more people with her mesmerising voice that was commented by none other than ‘Big B’ (Amithab Bachan).
“I used all the creative potential of online platform whether it is face book or you tube to reach more people.”
I wanted to be a singer. I used social media’s opportunity.
Social Media really helped me to go out with my music albums. Definitely it gave me more inspiration and popularity.
I shared those videos with lots of people in the musical industry.
You tube, internet and face book are still very important for me.
I used you tube channel to go my voice out there in the world.”-Jonita says.
Her musical option has been a risky move since her academics are concerned. She graduated in Health Science and Business Administration.
But her passion for music was immense.
Asked about her move into music after her graduation, she replies:
“I know it’s’ a risky job. But I had education. That was my back- up plan. I started music as a hobby and I took it part time basis until I completed my degree.”
“I got lot of opportunities. So, I didn’t want to look back. Now I am a full time singer.
Fortunately, I got parental support.
They wanted me to complete my education. I am very practical. They knew I was sure about it.”
“I sung bollywood song on you tube with Vishal Shekhar.
Rahman sir saw my you tube video and tweeted me. I got invitation to Chennai.
I went to Chennai and sung about three songs.
……Kochadiyaan Highway and Maaloom (Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, 2014).
When asked whether she liked to connect music with spirituality, Jonita replied:
“Music is really connected to memories, feelings, and relationships.
Music is definitely connected to spirituality.”
“I am not much spiritual, but musical.
However, I am very much devoted to music and music is my God.
Music is my connection to God.”
“I sing very different types of music. There are so many styles in music.
I don’t want to stick one style only. If I take classic one time, next time I take western classic, like that. At the same time I take different styles separately.
If you ask her idol or inspiration in music, Jonita would say:
My dad is my true inspiration.”
I am a huge fan of western artist Beantse…and in Indian context, I listen to lathaji ashaji, sonuji, alkaji…shreya ghoshal, I want to learn something from everyone.
Her future projects, include collaborating with different musicians and continue, working on You Tube songs.
Jonita’s message to upcoming singers:
“Just because you don’t have money or you don’t have studio, don’t quit. Use you tube and other online platforms to post your songs. Use available resources and just don’t quit.
When asked whether she would sing for Malayalam song Jonita replied:
“Definitely. I would like to do, if I get a chance. I love to sing in all languages”
When asked her experience on ‘Gandhi’ surname…
“Even in India I have interesting experience. In a program, Salman Khan made a joke and announced that someone from Gandhi family would sing a song…actually I do not belong to Gandhi family” –Jonita said