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
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
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