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Amritsar girl Hargun takes her talent to the next level

Usmeet kaur, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 01, 2014
First Published: 20:03 IST(1/2/2014) | Last Updated: 20:04 IST(1/2/2014)

Hargun (17), who hails from Amritsar, has made it big clearing the quarterfinals of the popular reality TV show India’s Got Talent, which is being telecast on Colors.

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Hargun is a second year student pursuing bachelor’s in humanities at the local BBK DAV College.

In the midst of the telecast, she was in her hometown for a while. HT interacted with her.

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“It wasn’t a cakewalk to clear the auditions of India’s Got Talent. It has given me a great exposure. I have to go back to shoot more episodes and the Punjabis can watch me on the show,” she says.

“I started singing at the age of three. Gurbani has been my inspiration. Reciting kirtans definitely opens up one’s vocal chords and it also gives the understanding of ragas which is a must for an artist,” she quips.

About her first performance at the age of nine, she says, “I performed at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi in a talent hunt show Sur Tarang where I was honoured by music director Ismail Darbaar. The next big break for me was performing at the Voice of Punjab- Season IV and I made it to the grand finale.”

“Performing in the Voice of Punjab and India’s Got Talent are absolutely two different levels. I am happy to reach a national level reality TV show.”

Hargun has a bold and husky voice.

Sharing the best compliments she received on the show, she says, “Karan Johar told me that my voice can be used in films as well. Kirron Kher told me that my voice was equally pleasant and forceful. All this means a lot for me. It’s like a dream that people across the globe would recognize me and my talent at this age,”says Hargun.

She has done playback for many plays and recorded shabads for Zee ETC Punjabi.

Crediting her parents for supporting her, Hargun says, “If every girl is backed the way my parents did, hidden young talent will come out of every house here. The family support is essential to succeed. Also, there is a lack of institutions for training and learning music.”

On how life has changed for her, she says, “It feels nice when people recognise me on the streets of Amritsar. Girls from my college come and get pictures done with me. It gives immense happiness.”

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