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AR Rahman (left) keeps audience spellbound with a myriad of entertainment. — File picAR Rahman (left) keeps audience spellbound with a myriad of entertainment. — File picMUMBAI, Sept 23 — She has sung several hits since making her debut with Ishq Wala Love in 2012 and singer Neeti Mohan credits Oscar-winning music director AR Rahman for helping her establish a name in the industry.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that the 36-year-old singer feels that it was Rahman’s composition Jiya Re from the 2012 Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan that made her well-known in Bollywood.

“I have sung Jiya Re with A R Rahman and it is one of my biggest hits. People know me as the Jiya Re girl. He has given me an identity and I’m extremely grateful to him and always will be,” Neeti told PTI on the sidelines of Naropa festival 2016.

Neeti said working with Rahman was a dream come true for her and she considers the 49-year-old composer as her guide.

“I really consider him as my mentor. It’s a dream come true for me to have met him and learnt so much from him. Every musician from our country wants to work with him as he has great respect in the industry.”

The singer said she feels really lucky that she has worked with almost all the big music directors including Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar and Amit Trivedi, in such a short period of her career.

Neeti also wishes to collaborate with international and Indie pop artists.

“I would like to work with Nucleya and Raghu Dixit. I have sung for Raghu Dixit in his film which is yet to be released. I’m a huge fan of Indian Ocean band.”

The singer believes that with the advent of technology, independent artists re getting more space in the industry which was not the case earlier. — Bernama

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