Children today are not just more aware of the world around them, but are also sure of what they want out of it. 14-year-old Atima Nayyar, was a participant in Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs Talent Hunt, she was disheartened when eliminated in the second round of the show.
But she also “felt happy about having got the opportunity to participate in a competition at this level.” She soon made a comeback into the show, albeit as a guest this time. “The organisers had to select one participant to represent Delhi at the final round of the competition in Mumbai. So they held some more rounds of auditions, and I was fortunate to be the chosen one,” says the budding singer who idolises Lata Mangeshkar.
Though Atima has been learning music for the past nine years, she is in her fourth year of formal training in classical music from Surnoopur, a music institute. Her first break came when she was only 10! “Since I have been learning music, I did not have to put in extra work for the competition. In fact, I only put in 3-4 hours of riyaz a day before the show,” she says.
However, being on a platform like Sa Re Ga Ma did make her “feel nervous. But I told myself that I had to be confident. I kept telling myself that I could do it.” Atima has been a part of several shows like Kishore Kumar night and Mohammad Rafi night in the past and also stood first at the Delhi State level in competitions.
She has to her credit individual performances that have been telecast on DD National and ETC Punjabi. She has also lent her voice for bhajans in two albums till date. Atima aspires to take her passion for music seriously. That is why she dreams of pursuing a career as a playback singer.
Name: Atima Nayyar, 14
Education: Atima is currently a student of Class IX in APJ School, Sheikh Sarai
Atimaspeak: “Music is important in today’s life because in this age when we live in stress, music soothes the mind. This is one of the reasons why people enjoy listening to music.”
Advice: “I believe that everyone who is interested in music, should learn classical music and practice religiously everyday.”
“I feel that everyone should pursue at least one hobby. Extra-curricular activities are very important. So much so that they are given some advantage when one wants to take admission in any college.”