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‘Want to participate in Indian Idol,’ says Haryana girl who wins district-level singing competition

The Apeejay student impressed the audience by performing a song by Shreya Ghosal

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Apeejay Charkhi Dadri student Rajashree Basak recently won a solo singing contest at Bal Mahotsav 2022, organised by the Haryana government, after defeating singing talents from nearly 20 schools in two rounds.

“I was not expecting to win the competition!” exclaims the class VI student, who presented a melodious rendition of a popular number by Shreya Ghosal, “Aami je tomar”, from the movie Bhool Bhulaiya. “My music teacher Abhishek Singh suggested I sing this song at the competition,” says the student, who also got a chance to participate at the state level.

Rajashree, who has participated in inter-school singing competitions and school events in the past, recalls the experience of performing live in front of a large audience at Bal Mahotsav. “I was nervous at first but when the audience liked my song, it boosted my confidence. My parents and music teacher congratulated me and motivated me to work toward getting better and better. My teachers at school have also been encouraging me a lot.”

Brought up in a family that loves music, Rajashree became familiar with musical artistes at an early age. But she began her formal training in classical music only a year back amid the pandemic. “I used to hum at home all the time and that’s how my father, who also loves to sing, suggested I learn music. Soon, I was enrolled in online classes.”

Amid her studies and other activities, Rajashree is determined to continue learning music. “I am very passionate about music and will never want to leave it. I have prepared a timetable for myself to make sure I take out enough time every day for riyaz.”

Of late, the young singer has been listening to a lot of songs by Shreya Ghosal and Arijit Singh. “I also like to make my own music. I am fond of musical instruments too. I can play the piano, guitar, flute, and mouth organ, which I learnt from YouTube videos.”

The Apeejay student is gearing up to participate in other singing competitions in the future. “My dream is to participate in Indian Idol or SaReGaMaPa but before that, I need to learn more,” she adds.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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