Hariharan teaches music to 'Sun Raha Hai Na' blind singer

  • Collin Rodrigues, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 21, 2015 18:36 IST
Singer Hariharan is a veteran singer, having lent his voice to many Tamil and Bollywood songs. He straddles the worlds of ghazal, Hindustani classical music and indie rock will composite ease. (Hariharan-A/Facebook)

Tumpa Kumari, a 16-year-old visually impaired orphan from Ranchi, Jharkhand, recently posted a video on YouTube, in which she sang the song, 'Sun Raha Hai Na' (Aashiqui 2; 2013). Little did she know, then, that the video could earn her not only a few lakh hits, but also professional training from one of the top musicians in India.

It all started when Hariharan's friend saw the video, and asked the singer to watch it as well. He was so impressed with the young girl's voice that he decided to train her. He somehow traced her, and asked her if she was interested. "Tumpa's voice has a unique quality, which demands attention. It will compel you to listen to her. All one needs to do is train her in the technical aspects of singing," says Hariharan.

We having my 1st interaction with Thumpa..We having a session on basic of Raag Yaman

Posted by Hariharan A on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Incidentally, the singer's friend, who told him about Tumpa, is also close to Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who was also informed about the girl's talent. As a result, the chef has now decided to fund Tumpa's training and other related expenses. "It gives me immense satisfaction to be part of her journey," says Kapoor.

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Tumpa lost both her parents at an early age, and has been living with her relatives since then. She has two sisters, one of whom, Meenu, has been working since the age of 14 to support the other siblings.

Tumpa recently arrived in Mumbai, and has already commenced her music training. "I started singing on the streets at the age of five, to earn money. Thanks to the help I am getting, I am actually daring to dream now. I want to become a good singer, and, if possible, through the earnings, I want to support my sisters," she says.

Watch Tumpa Kumari's superb rendition of Sun Raha Hai Na Tu from Aashiqui 2 here:

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