In Conversation With Vineet And Himani
Himani from Haryana and Vineet from Lucknow have attained stardom at
the very young age of 17 thanks to the ZEETV’s musical reality show –
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. They spoke to Lokvani about their musical journey
and their new found stardom.
You are already stars at the young age of 17. Could you describe your musical journey?
Himani : My mother loves to sing. She inspired me to sing when I was
young. Later when I was eleven years old my music teacher at school
Mrs. Anju Munjal asked if I wanted to train under her. She liked my
voice and felt she could shape me into someone special. She saw my
potential and I think that was the beginning Later I took part in
several competitions. Anu Kapoor ji’s show Aao Jhum Gaye Hum was
one such competition that gave me a lot of visibility. Later Sa Re Ga
Ma Pa proved to be a wonderful opportunity and here I am in the USA
with Aap Ka Suroor.
Vineet: I come from a large middle class
family. My father loves Rafi Saheb and I used to listen to his songs
from a very young age. God has given me a musical talent. I really did
not have any formal training when I was a child. As a child music
captivated me. I must have heard every song of Rafi Saheb. He is my
idol. Like Himani I also took part in many competitions including the
Aao Jhm Gaye Hum. Later in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa I was lucky to become the
protégée of Himesh Reshammiaya who has helped so much. Thanks to him I
am here today.
Are you enjoying your US tour?
Vineet : It is absolutely wonderful People have extended a warm welcome
to us. It seems the craze for Bollywood is more here than in India.
Every show has been a great success.
Himani: I have really enjoyed it.
Are you still in school? How do you manage a career and school?
Himani: I am currently studying to take my 12th standard exams. While
music is my life it is very important for me to get a degree as well.
During the tour I have my books and every moment I am able to get away
from rehearsals I study. It is not easy but if it is important it can
Vineet: Music is my passion. At the moment I am not concentrating much on my school since there is not enough time.
How has your new found fame changed you?
Himani: It has brought many opportunities my way. Before Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
I used to be a school girl with singing as a hobby. Now music is
central to my life and I get opportunities that I could never dream of.
It is wonderful. My father and I have moved to Mumbai. My mother is
working and my brother is in school. So they are not with me right
now. I miss my mother and brother.
Vineet: It is
wonderful. I feel so happy that I can now help my family. We are a
large middle class family. Now I am able to help
financially and that has really eased the burden on my parents for
which I feel proud. Right now I live in Mumbai away from my
family. I miss my mother very much. I hope soon I can buy a house and
bring my family to Mumbai.
(Smiling) The negative part is that
there are so many beautiful girls that it is so difficult for me to
decide which one to choose.
What is like working with mentors like Adesh Shrivastav and Himesh Reshammiya?
Himani: It is wonderful . Adesh ji and Himesh ji have taught me so much.
Vineet: Himesh ji is simply wonderful. He works so hard. Sometimes he
works 20 hours straight. Yet he always finds time to guide and help me.
What advice do you have for aspiring singers?
Himani: Hardwork and training are important. Also it is important
to identify a singer you would like to emulate. For me it was Richa
Sharma. Once you identify a singer one must listen to their work.
Competitions are very helpful.
Vineet: My idol is Rafi Saheb. I consider him my greatest musical mentor. Hardwork and God’s blessing will help people succeed.
Any message for the New England audience?
We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you and we promise not to disappoint.
Thanks for your time
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