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Singing her way to success

PRAVEEN M.P.

She is young and already a veteran in the recording studios.

Photo: Vipin Chandran

Parvathy Soman: Ambitious songster.

Parvathy Soman is used to having her time divided between studies and music. While children of her age dash off to the playground after school, this 11-year-old takes the road to the recording studio. And in front of the microphone she is as comfortable as her friends are on the playing field.

Parvathy has already sung in four Malayalam films – Oruvan, Akasham, Palunku with Mammootty as the lead besides the recently released Dileep starrer, “Colours”. She has also lent her voice to nine albums, the latest being a devotional for which she recorded a song recently.

There is a pattern to the way she readies herself for the recording of a song. “I start with a prayer and then seek the blessings of the music director by touching his feet. I also try to muster as much concentration as possible,” she explains her ways at the studio.

“My dream is to become a professional singer,” says this class VII student of Kendriya Vidyalaya (Naval Base). She, however, is quite realistic about her ambitions. “I cannot become like Chitra Aunty (playback singer K.S. Chitra). I want to create a style of my own and be known for it,” Parvathy says.

Many dreams

Anitha Soman, her mother, recollects that her daughter had shown traces of her musical talent from a very young age. “This prompted us to give her music training from the age of four,” Ms. Soman said. Parvathy is the first to acknowledge the support extended by her parents.

“It was they who first identified my talent,” she says. Parvathy is continuing her music lessons, including classical music, under Lekha R. Nair.

She cherishes her first ever encounter with playback singer K.J. Yesudas as one of the unforgettable moments in her life. “He is my favourite singer,” Parvathy says as she fondly remembers the kind words the legendary singer had for her. She is a regular on television as well. She was one of the mega finalists of a music reality show titled “Little Masters” aired by a private channel.

Parvathy’s parents are happy that her love for music has not taken a toll on her studies.

“I have been first in the Std till now,” Parvathy says proudly even as she expressed confidence of doing justice to both studies and music.

As she readies to depart for the next recording there is an air of the seasoned singer about her for whom a recording studio is just like a second home.

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