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My first break - Saindavi


How it happened?

When I was five, we attended a discourse. I felt a deep urge to sing. I started crying for the microphone, and didn't stop till they gave me one. That was the first time I sang. After that, I was asked to sing a new song during every puja. When I was ten, everyone insisted I learn music. Initially I learnt from Nandhini, then from Swamimalai Janakiraman and Subbulakshmi Muthuswamy. I also trained under S.V. Usha and am currently learning from Padma Sandilyan and K.N.Shashikiran. When I was in Class VIII, one of our family friends suggested I sing in one of his light music programmes. That was the first time I sang a light song on stage. The drummer who happened to be working with music director Deva told him about me.

I sang three songs for Deva when I was in Class X, but the film is yet to be released. I had given my demo CD to Harris Jayaraj. Six months later I got a call from his studio for Anniyan.

How it felt

That was the first time I saw my name on a CD. I was surprised they had given me credit though I sang only a few lines. People knew there was someone called Saindhavi only because of this song. It was like a dream come true. Though I have been appreciated by seniors in the industry, I have a long way to go.

How life changed

Later, I got to sing a solo in ABCD for D. Imman. That was my first solo that got released. Later, the first song I sang for Vidyasagar in Aadhi (`Durra Dummunu') became popular. Some of my other popular numbers are `Aadi Vaa' from Imsai Arasan and `Kelamal kaiyile' from Azhagiya Thamizh Magan.

However, nothing has changed in my personal life. I continue to be the same person. So far, I've sung more than 150 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, and cut more than 50 devotional and light classical albums for various companies.

S.R.ASHOK KUMAR

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