Jharkhand’s newfound blind singing sensation Tumpa Kumari, 16, has eventually got state patronage to hone her skills and realise her dream of becoming a playback singer.
On Thursday, chief minister Raghubar Das paid a visit to the Brajkishore Residential Blind School in Ranchi and was mesmerised by Tumpa’s mellifluous, God-gifted voice. He blessed Tumpa and told her to move ahead promising all the support she requires for realising her dreams.
“She is an extraordinarily gifted singer. I could not resist visiting her after watching her video on social sites and reading about her in newspapers,” Das later told HT. The CM said he has got in touch with his network in the Bollywood music industry and would soon send Tumpa there to hone her skills under a guru (teacher).
Das’ eyes welled up as Tumpa sang the patriotic number ‘Ei mere watan ke logon´ dedicated in his honour. Others in attendance said the song caused goose bumps in their bodies and made them feel it was the original singer Lata Mangeskar singing.
“I am thankful to the chief minister for taking time out from his busy schedule to visit and bless me,” Tumpa said, adding, “During discussion I have evinced interest to meet Prime Minister Modi. I hope to meet him soon too.”
Tumpa is orphan and only has an elder sister who is married and settled in Odisha.
Otherwise leading an isolated life with 13 other children like her in the blind school, Tumpa shot into fame after a group of management students who visited the school on July 6 recorded her singing and posted it on social media sites.
Her video went viral with over 3.5 lakh people viewing it, 1.25 lakh people liking it and 1.5 lakh people sharing it so far.
Scores of people from across the globe including reputed playback singers, music directors, businessmen and philanthropists have come forward to support her. Singer Shreya Ghoshal tweeted, “came across this incredible video of a beautiful voice singing my song sun raha hai na’ wanna reach her. Who is she?”
Came across this incredible video of a beautiful voice singing my song Sun raha hai na’ Wanna reach her! Who is she? http://t.co/YuamYs0Xgz— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) July 8, 2015
Ask her about new found celebrity status, and Tumpa said she was still a novice. She idolises Lata and declares her to be Goddess Saraswati of the music industry. “With so many people now there to support me, I feel, I can become a singer one day,” she said belting out another number ‘Andhi aye, toofan aaye, kadam nahi rukenge ab”.