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B-town in her dreams

chandigarh Updated: Mar 07, 2013 09:53 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
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Asmita Garg’s husky voice reminds us of Bollywood’s quintessential rasp-voice singer Sunidhi Chauhan. Coincidentally, Sunidhi is also the inspiration for the Patiala-based upcoming singer, Asmita. In city on Wednesday, the young girl revealed her latest project and her aims to enter B-town.

“Sunidhi is a great singer and performer, so I am following in her footsteps,” smiles 15-year-old Asmita. The student of Sri Aurobindo International School, Patiala, is currently on a high after having lent her voice to two tracks of upcoming Punjabi film, OGJ — Hun Vajjega Band, that releases March 8. “It is a Punjabi comedy film directed by Inder Paul Singh and has music by Vikram Sidhu. Singing for the film is a good start for me as a playback singer in the Punjabi film industry,” she says. Asmita acknowledges there are more male singers in the Punjabi film industry than women. “It is true that male singers enjoy dominance in Pollywood. But because there are fewer female singers here, perhaps this fact would work for me,” adds Asmita, who confesses that she doesn’t have a strong hold over Punjabi language, but that she doesn’t mind it since she will eventually want to be in Bollywood.

The young performer has been a part of famous violinist Surindra Singh’s 2011 music album, Paisa Paisa, in which she sung the title track. Asmita, who has been learning music since she was five years old, was also amongst the top seven finalists in a music reality show on MH1, Nikki Awaaz Punjab Di. “For the past three years, I have been learning classical music from Chandigarh-based music artiste Pandit Sh Bhimsen Sharma and light music from Kumar Vinay, based in Patiala,” she informs. At 14, the young singer had released her first solo music album of Hindi songs — Ringa Ringa, The Crazy Girl. Having been on stage since she was eight years old, Asmita says she doesn’t suffer from stage fright. “I can now manage to perform at a fest as big as Thapar University’s in front of more than 5,000 students,” she adds with pride.

With a devotional music album in the pipeline, Asmita believes Punjab needs more parents who encourage their talented children. “Punjab is full of young talent but parents are not supportive. I was lucky, as my parents backed me and never forced me to excel in academics. Even in the realm of music, I don’t think that a master’s degree or a doctorate would help one become a better singer. It is practice and riyaaz that matter the most,” she smiles.