Arpitaa Bansal Opens Up About Her Struggles, Relations With Industry, Insecurities & More

Arpitaa Bansal, the name who became popular in no time after she released her first song ‘Lakeeran’ with Sony Music, is now the favourite of many. She is not only an artist, but a social activist and an astrologer by profession as well. All what she does sounds really exciting and difficult at the same time, hence this interview with her gave us a better idea about who she is and how her journey has been till date. From witnessing some major accidents, to feeling not so welcomed by the Punjabi Industry, there is a lot she talked about in this conversation. 

But before you begin reading this, you must know a bit about what she exactly does. Apart from singing, she runs three Gurukuls which provide free of cost education to children, gives moral education to children, runs Muskaan KK Memorial Trust, is an astrologer and a lot more. 

1. The teaser of your upcoming song “Laare” looks like a sad-romantic song with super fresh music. Tell us something about it!

(Smiles & gets excited) Yes, your idea is perfectly right. Laare is going to be a sad romantic song. Actually it was a lockdown when I realised that the people were going through a lot of break ups. Even the thoughts of people cheating in relationships, having extra marital affairs irritates me. I feel bad about all this. That’s why I thought why not to make something up with this idea only, and that’s how Laare was made. 

2. Your old songs gave us an idea that you’re a little more inclined towards emotions. Each of your songs has something in it that touches the hearts of fans.

That’s actually right. I am a person who stays a lot in public and singing is my passion. And I believe there are so many things that an artist keeps in his mind while making a song. You see, I hardly do any shows, only international ones. I have never done shows in India and won’t in future as well. I think every individual song that I’ve sung yet has had some social message, and the messages are exactly what I feel about today’s generation. Like when my last song ‘Sufna Viah Da’, the casting was so natural that it starred a handicapped person to play the same on screen. It was done to maintain the naturality and also give opportunity to the guy. I think our song was the first in India to do so, because usually when any such character is there in any script or project, it is portrayed and made-up by mainstream celebs only. 

3. You just mentioned that you don’t do shows and are not even planning to do shows in India. Why is that so?

(Sighs and after a pause replies) Uhm, basically there is no big reason behind it, it’s all personal. I always feel thankful to god for whatever he’s given me. And about the international shows, let me tell you that if you look through my Instagram, you’ll find comments where everyone calls me ‘Lady Sartaaj’, and this is a big thing for me. And I feel that many females singers of the industry are singing loud and dirty songs which include a lot of skin show, double meaning lyrics, and violence as well. I don’t like all this personally. I feel there is a limit to everything. I’m also a woman, I also wear dresses and even short dresses as well, but there is always a limit to everything. We, the women who belong to Punjabi culture should know how to portray it well. Why do you think the almighty created women? Yes, we are side by side with men, but I don’t think I’ll be doing shows in India because I won’t be able to do the same things as other singers, it’s not my genre at all. You see my songs, my posts on Instagram, till date no one has ever dropped dirty or bad comments for me. I get a lot of respect. My international fan following is so good that they invited me, and I also feel like going there. It’s maybe because of the mentality of people abroad. Because if we talk about India, I remember, there was a student in my gurukul who once said something almost 7-8 years ago that has stayed with me till date. On being asked ‘What is that one thing that you’d like to change in India’, he replied, ‘Soch’ (mentality). And his words really hit me. I go through a lot of Instagram reels, and see what’s trending. I won’t name but there are some international female singers, who’ve come to India, joined Punjabi Industry, and looking at how they present themselves, I don’t think I’ll be able to do it. 

4. Singer/Actor/Verdict Astrologer/Human Right Activist; Your Instagram Bio Says A Lot About You! What if you had to choose one of your professions as your favourite one?

(Laughs) My favourite one is serving the country. It has been more than 25 years I’ve been working in this field and I love it. Otherwise, I personally feel, singing and working for the betterment of the nation are my passions, while astrology is my profession. But there is no doubt in the fact that my favourite part of my job is whenever I get to do something good for people. Through health camps, special camps for women and many more through my Muskaan KK Memorial Trust. People often come to me asking for remedies for prosperity, and all I tell them is to sit with their parents and spend good time with them. That’s why I am saying, I feel the happiest when I do something for the country.I tell you, I was the first lady who went to hospital to see the four injured jawans after the Sukma-Bijapur attack in 2021. Also, I’m the first Punjabi singer whose name was suggested to share stage with Modi ji for Ramleela 2 years ago and that was a big thing for me as a social worker.

5. You indeed are doing amazing today, but how did your journey actually start? Was it as easy as fame looks from outside?

My journey started when I was in school. I used to sing and learn singing back then. And during my college days, I used to practice singing with my cousin Richa Sharma (singer), she had a musical background and while on my way back home from college, I used to go to her home and practice for a good 2-3 hours. I didn’t even think about it then but people used to say that Richa’s tone was high pitched, so everyone used to praise my voice and push me to come forward and sing. This continued until I met with a major accident. It was so bad that I got almost 700 -800 stitches on my face then, and it damaged my eyes, neck and vocal cord as well. My doctor strictly told me not to sing, but I continued it side by side as I recovered. Then I got married and Richa shifted to Mumbai, and we lost contact. And after some time I again met with an unfortunate and horrible accident. I was again not able to sing and with time I also forgot about my dreams and I let it go. Then I remember once I casually sang in a Ramleela event and my team noticed it. They asked me if I could sing, and I denied. But the incident revived my urge to sing. I started practicing again and got the first break by Kuldeep Sandhu. I got so happy that I started my practice so tight that my vocals were choked again. Then I realized that I have to take it slow, that’s why my first song Lakeeran took one year to be released. And I am happy to share that Sony Music declared my first song as the wedding song of the year. 

6. You surely enjoy a good fan following now, was it easy for you get established? 

(thinks for some seconds) If I really tell what my heart feels, I don’t think I am established in the industry yet. Everyone knows me, we talk, but I don’t know why there is a gap. I don’t have that gap with the public and my fans, but there is a lot between me and the industry. Maybe that’s because I am too open with the public and also I don’t attend parties and events. Though I’m satisfied, I am happy with my circle, but I think the industry has not welcomed me yet?

7. Which is your one song that’s close to your heart? Or the one you are most connected to?

I think for an artist, every song is dear to him. But if I talk about my favourite one, it’s Ranjha. The song is really close to my heart because I love Pakistani folk Sufi songs. And my song Ranjha has a similar kind of feel.

8. How many genres of music  have you worked upon yet? Are you open for experimenting?

I have sung various romantic songs, and as I already told you, I used to sing bhajans as well. Apart from these, I always try to experiment and get out of my comfort zone in my next project. My song Nakhre Adavaan was a typical boli song, and my song Punjab was based on Punjabi culture. I will always try to experiment more, (laughs) but chakkwe gaane ni gaa pawangi! (I won’t be able to sing loud & upbeat songs)

9. What is that one genre that you wish to experiment with?

Uhm, yes, I really wish to do a Sufi song. I am not getting one, so might pen it down on my own.

(Q- Then we can say there’ll be one more thing adding to your Instagram bio- lyricist)

(laughs) I do write, I’ve written books, but not yet tried my hands on songs. But I’ll definitely try a Sufi song like the legendary Hansraj ji. 

10. Since your interest for singing developed at a very young age, is there any artist you considered your idol?

Pakistani Singer Musarrat Nazir. I’ve always appreciated her. And I also adore Satinder Sartaj a lot. 

11. Is there any major project you’re planning with mainstream Punjabi Industry?

I usually get offers, but I don’t think that the amount of money I’ll spend on my passion working with the industry can be used to give education to at least five children. I feel in any way my passion for singing is being fulfilled, then there is no need for spending more on promotions and all. 

12. Since you are working in the industry and have witnessed its evolution, what do you think about it? Is the industry heading in the right direction?

(Politely) Obviously it was way better earlier. The industry of singers like Surinder Kaur ji was amazing. I can’t get out of that era even if I try hard. We’ve forgotten the time, yes hip-hop and westernisation is good to some extent, but we should not forget our culture. What are we serving to the youth? There are singers who get drunk and share posts on Instagram, what message do you think we are giving to the youth? On one side there are singers like Satinder Sartaj and me. We try our best to always give a good message to the public, but now all that matters for most people is only money. 

13. This surely is a good chance to let your fans know about some of your secret plans about upcoming projects.

(Gets excited) I have been releasing single tracks, but soon I’ll be releasing my album as well. Within the timespan of 2-3 months, it will be out. We are already working on it and it is a versatile one. It will include a dance number as well. 

From talking about her journey to the struggles she faced in her personal life to the struggles she is still facing in the industry, the conversation with Arpitaa Bansal was very heartwarming. She opened up about what she feels and how it feels like working for various jobs at the same time. We hope reading this interview has also motivated you and explained how you too can maintain a good balance between your work life and your passion.

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