Thomas Tajo lost his sight when he was eight but he never gave up on his dreams
Thomas Tajo had always dreamt of being a musician. When he was studying in Delhi,he spent his time humming tunes and giving them lyrics. And unlike most students whose dreams of making music start and end in college,his stayed with him. Tajo lost his sight when he was young but he remained focussed on his music plans and in 2007 turned professional. Tajo now writes his songs,tunes his melodies and records them.
Recently when The Underground series,a three-CD compilation,was released,among the tracks of a select few independent artists from across the country,Tajos trackThe Windtoo featured in it. And his first official live gig happened last week at the Select Citywalk mall in Saket where dressed in jeans and a beige jacket and strumming his six-stringed guitar,he got a hearty applause.
I was eight when I realised I wanted to sing. But its taken a while for me to realise my dream, smiles Tajo,24,who lost his sight at the age of nine. I dont know how it happened,I guess gradually something went wrong, says Tajo.
Having grown up in Arunachal Pradesh and gone to school in Shillong,Tajo came to Delhi later to study further. Now he divides his time between Delhi where he makes music and Belgium where his parents live. I still spend most of my time in Delhi though, says Tajo,who even has a mini-setup at his Munirka home,where he writes and records his music.
With influences from pop tones of bands such as Westlife,Bryan Adams and Enya,Tajo says he doesnt copy anyone. My sound is acoustic and has a very country ballad pop feel to it. Its not something that one may hear very often on the radio since its only Bollywood that works with the masses, he says. I like old Hindi classics but apart from some like AR Rahman,these days Bollywood sounds pretty rubbish, says Tajo,who is ready with seven songs and is in the midst of recording them.