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Scholarship for a song

Rakht Charitra 2 singer, 15-year-old Armaan Malik becomes sole recipient of Berklee College of Music scholarship from Asia.

music Updated: Dec 11, 2010 17:01 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times

Music director Daboo Malik’s son Armaan, has been granted a scholarship by the prestigious Berklee College of Music from Boston, for the year 2011.

The 15-year-old, who’s sung for the recent box office disaster Rakht Charitra 2, is the sole recipient of the honour from the whole of Asia. Says Armaan, “I am really excited that I have been selected from all over India in a long selection process. I will finally get the opportunity to interact with the world’s best musical talent.” Armaan has sung in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu for Ram Gopal Verma’s film.

Starting young Armaan’s singing journey started when he was just six years old, when he joined voice classes. “I was singing even before I could form sentences in school. My parents discovered my talent and trained me with the best teachers available,” he adds. Armaan featured in Lil Champs 2008 and ended in the top five.

So does it help to have a father as a reputed music director? “I don’t think it helps a singing career,” he says. “Still, I am lucky to have sung with talented composers such as Vishal-Shekhar in Bhoothnath, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in Taare Zameen Par and many more. One can learn more if you belong to a family of musicians, but beyond that, it depends on your talent.”

Armaan, who studies in Juhu’s Jamnabai Narsee School, has been offered numerous singing projects in upcoming films. These include UTV’s Chillar Party and Kachha Limboo, another film with director Karthik Raja and two films that are still untitled.

So how does he manage studies with all the singing? “My mom never lets me sacrifice studies, dad helps me with my creative side,” he states. “I love my school and always score 90 per cent marks.” Finally, Armaan has something to share about his first single, Bhoothnath’s Mere buddy... “After singing the song, I was heartbroken when I heard that my voice was being dubbed by other singers because I knew I had given my best. Then suddenly, music directors Vishal-Shekhar found that my track was the best and retained it.”

First Published: Dec 11, 2010 14:24 IST