Australian singer-songwriter Lenka talks about her upcoming Mumbai gig

Born to a Czech musician father and an Australian schoolteacher mother, it was no surprise that Lenka Kripac, popularly known as Lenka, shifted from being an actress to composing lilting melodies. After creating popular songs like The Show, Knock Knock and Everything At Once among others, the 35-year-old will be giving her first performance in the city in collaboration with Divas of Rock, a platform that promotes young female musicians from across the world. Excerpts from an email interview

Lenka will perform in the city for the first time

What do you have in store for Indian music buffs?
I’ve always wanted to visit India but never had the opportunity until now. I love its colours, people and its heart. So, I’m excited to perform here, as this is a new audience. I promise to ensure that the crowd has a good time and hope my performance leaves a smile on every face.

Your music is of the soft, simple variety. Is this a reflection of you?
Many of my songs are written during intimate times, such as this one song that I wrote while I was pregnant. My new album, Shadows is one such album where the songs are soothing, and mainly intended towards relaxation and dreaming. Personally, I like working on such songs that relax my listeners after a hectic day.

What are your inspirations?
During my acting days, I sang at the cabaret theatre and listened to a lot of Bjork (Icelandic singer-songwriter), who became my inspiration. Listening to her helped me in finding my own voice and character.

Has motherhood changed you?
While motherhood has changed several aspects in my life, it hasn’t impacted my singing. Though my songs are soft and sweet now, my son Quinn prefers upbeat music. Personally, I think there has been a change in my perspective as a songwriter, and I would like to contribute it, in some way, to my child’s generation.

Your videos usually use the stop motion animation technique with a child-like innocence infused in them. What is the attraction towards this concept? And why a departure from it for your recent video for After the Winter?
It has always been my constant effort to provide fans with something new with every performance. Hence, some of my songs are quiet and small and acoustic, while others are written to give more of a live dynamic.

Do you like Indian music?
I love listening to Classical Indian music; Pandit Ravi Shankar is my favourite. I listen to his collection during my yoga classes.

Tell us about your association with Divas of Rock.
Divas of Rock is a music property initiated by Vivanta by Taj. It promotes young women musicians from across the world and provides a platform to showcase their potential.

On November 23, 10.30 pm
At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
Call 61586158 ENTRY `1,000 

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