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Destined to sing

From a career in engineering to belting out songs in Bollywood, Aman Trikha believes singing was in his destiny. The singer, who recently crooned in Bhoothnath Returns and Kaanchi, talks to Screen about his musical journey

Written by Priya Adivarekar | Mumbai | Published: May 2, 2014 10:50:09 am
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“I am always hungry for work. I want to prove my talent in the music industry and will strive hard for it.” Twenty-eight year old Aman Trikha has his priorities set and with the kind of numbers that he has crooned in the last two years, it looks like he is certainly here to stay. For someone who comes from a non-film or music background, Trikha has come a long way. Born in Delhi, Trikha had absolutely no idea that he would end up singing for a living someday. “After initial schooling, we shifted to Mumbai and I took up science in junior college. I wanted to become an engineer and enrolled for a degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering at Thakur college. I knew where I was headed. But I guess, Mataji ne mere liye kuch aur hi socha tha,” mentioned Trikha, whose friends encouraged him to participate in college competitions, as they loved his voice. “I used to sing randomly, since I had no formal training. The only thing I knew was to play the keyboard, but even those skills were mastered at home, by myself. My parents gifted two professional keyboards, thanks to which, I got some understanding in music,” adds Trikha.
The encouragement given by his friends pushed him to participate in the annual function in his first year of college and the fact that he finished second gave Trikha a big boost. That’s when he decided to participate in a few college festivals and went on to win at both the city and state levels, before taking the big leap and trying his luck at the reality show, Sur Kshetra, on Colors. Although the singer got eliminated at a crucial stage in the competition, he was awarded the Man of the Series award and his mentor, Himesh Reshammiya, backed the singer’s passion for music. “It was because of his support that I got my biggest break in OMG: Oh My God!, where I sang Go go Govinda along with Shreya Ghoshal. The song went on to become a big hit and was played at almost every Janmashtami function. It was the best debut anyone could have asked for,” says Trikha, who followed it up with another hit in the form of Po po from Son of Sardaar, also composed by Reshammiya. Since then, the singer has belted out several peppy numbers, the latest ones being Har har gange in Bhoothnath Returns and Koshampa from Kaanchi: The Unbreakable. Trikha added more diversity to his work by singing tracks in regional films, including Marathi, Punjabi among others.
Apart from his Bollywood ventures, Trikha has recently ventured into non-film music and released his first single, Mahiya tu hi tu in January this year. He adds, “My stint with reality shows taught me that there is a lot of good talent out there and to survive, it is extremely important to keep churning out good work and prove yourself. People think ki bas ek reality show kar liya, toh kaam mil jaata hain. But the real struggle starts after that. I am thankful to God that Crescendo and Universal music backed my single and gave it good visibility. Trying out different things adds a lot of weight to your work profile.” Trikha, who has sung several dance numbers, is now keen on trying out other genres and romantic numbers top his list. “I don’t want to restrict myself to any genre. So, I would like to work with as many composers as possible, as that will give me a chance to enhance my skills. Main bas Rahman sahab ke ek phone call ka intezaar kar rahaan hoon, like most singers,” stated Trikha.
For someone who has already fulfilled a dream of singing for the legendary Amitabh Bachchan in Bhoothnath Returns, Trikha is now keen on lending his voice to the Khan trio — Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh. “But before that, I want to get the hang of singing good romantic numbers, so that I can do perfect justice to a Shah Rukh Khan song,” he says with a smile, hoping that his dream will come true one day. Till then, the singer is keeping himself busy with other projects.


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