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TALENTED YOUNGSTER Naresh Iyer has become the new voice of the nation
TALENTED YOUNGSTER Naresh Iyer has become the new voice of the nation

Singer Naresh Iyer is out to carve a niche for himself

It is said that if one door closes then the other opens. And for many it is not just a saying, it is a fact of life. Naresh Iyer, like many other talented youngsters, participated in Channel V's Super Singer contest in 2005 with major dreams and even made it to the top 25 before being ousted. But Naresh was offered a chance to sing in films by none other than A.R. Rahman, who was the judge on the show. As a result with songs like Roobaroo and Masti Ki Paathshaala, the 26-year-old went on to become the new voice of the nation. "Meeting Rahman was a big thing in itself. And frankly speaking, I was a little sceptical when he said he would get back to me within a week. I thought Rahman was just trying to console me. But I got a call from his studio within four days." And ever since, life is running on the fourth gear for this Matunga boy, who has been shuttling between recordings and shows across the country. "I just go where I am being dragged, but I do manage to visit home twice a month," he quips. Naresh has four films up for release in Bollywood, Salaam India being one of them, and this is other than the scores of Tamil, Telugu and Kannada songs he has been rendering. "I have also sung for a Bhojpuri album," he adds. The Telugu music lovers will get to hear him in Notebook, Neevalle Neevalle and Nuvu Nenu Prema and the album Cheppana Prema. Though his musical journey has taken him away from his initial dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant, he is not complaining. "I realised I would have anyways pursued a career in music, then what was the use of studying CA," says the commerce graduate.The Capricorn who has his own band Dhwani, back in Mumbai, recently collaborated with the Chennai-based band Oxgyen for their third album. "I also have a few original compositions, but I am not yetready to come out with my own album," feels Naresh, who was in town to perform for VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology. The R.D. Burman award for a new musical talent is the latest feather in his cap. "What makes the award even more special is that Rahman got this award when he began his musical journey as well," explains the ardent ARR fan and adds, "Sometimes, I am very happy with the way things have shaped for me, but then I also realise I have a long way to go." MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY

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