Chennai: Art can be used not just to entertain, but also to inspire and empower. Meet vocalist S Subatra, a 20-year-old, who has been excelling in all genres of music. She is familiar to television viewers, as she has been participating in many reality shows. She could get into the top 17 list of the V Voice talent show.
But what differentiates her from other budding singers is the fact that she uses music to sensitise people. The undergraduate student from the Madras Christian College is the lead singer of an album called 12 am, which lends voice to key issues concerning women. “The band by Rap Rakesh talks about women’s safety. I was the lead and chorus singer,” said Subatra. Subatra is an all-rounder.
She can tone her voice to Carnatic music as well as light music easily. “All the genres are my favourite. I see no difference in music,” says the singer. She is grateful to her Gurus Sri Ramanadar and Leelavathi Gopalakrishnan, who have trained her to become what she is now.
“I take their suggestions in not just music, but also in life. They are my pillar of support,” mentions Subatra. What is her favourite song? Unnai allal vere in Kalyani is my all-time favourite,” she added. Ask Subatra what her lifetime goal is and she quickly answers, “I want to work with A R Rahman at least once in my life. I would also want to do more albums.