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Meet Sanjiv Landage, on duty traffic cop, off duty singer

30-year-old Sanjiv Landage pursues his passion for singing and acting, when he’s not working as a traffic constable in Mahim

The next time you are stopped by a traffic cop, don’t be surprised if he fines you in a musical style. Sanjiv Landage, a constable in Mahim, spends his spare time singing, composing, writing songs and even acting. While he loves his job, he devotes the rest of his time pursuing his passion.

Constable Sanjiv Landage busy controlling traffic at Bandra
Constable Sanjiv Landage busy controlling traffic at Bandra

The 30-year-old Mahim resident is a native from Sangli and he moved to Mumbai in 2004. He has been working as a traffic constable for the last four years. However, he has been performing on stage from the time he was 16.

He spends his free time practising and even admits to singing and acting in front of the mirror. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar
He spends his free time practising and even admits to singing and acting in front of the mirror. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar

“I love music and don’t leave any opportunity to pursue my passion. I have been singing since I was a child, listening to Mohd Rafi, and then later, Sonu Nigam. I also participated in a singing contest organised by a radio channel and was one of the five winners,” said Landage.

The constable not only shared a stage with Kailash Kher in 2007, but also acted in a Marathi film last year. For the last four years, he has been learning vocal music from Vijay Desai in Dadar. Talking about his passion he said, “I sing all types of songs, but most of them are from Bollywood films.

I even sing and act in front of the mirror, whenever I’m free.” His favourite song is ‘har ghadi badal rahi hai.....’, but after listening to Agneepath’s ‘abhi mujhme kahin.....’, he keeps humming it.

Landage admits that pursing both passions can sometimes be difficult. “When I’m not on duty, I devote myself completely to music.

My friends often call me to their home just to hear me sing. I’m happy that people like my voice.” Working as a traffic policeman, the father of two feels that he is unable get any rest to maintain the quality of his vocal chords.

>> Landage been performing for the last 14 years
>> Shared stage with Kailash Kher in 2007
>> Admits that pursuing both passions can sometimes get difficult

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