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MUSIC Neha Bhasinon her debut album Tabaah

Singer Neha Bhasin photo: S. S. Kumar
Singer Neha Bhasin photo: S. S. Kumar

N eha Bhasin first experienced limelight when she started off as a VIVA girl, but when that faded, she cut her losses and moved to warmer pastures, like playback singing, and now her own album, “Tabaah”. “I will always first be recognised by VIVA; it was my stepping stone. But I now have my own identity. VIVA is where I started and I will always be proud of it,” says Neha. Neha has spent three years writing her songs and charting out “Tabaah”. “This is my black and white album, it is easy-going and yet intense. Even the album cover is black and white, which shows my two sides ,” says Neha. Her song “Apple Bottoms” is being promoted by Reebok, “I have got a phenomenal response digitally with more than 25,000 hits the last time I checked.”

Neha trained in music under Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Rochna Dahanukar and studied dance from Shiamak Davar's Institute of Performing Arts“The power of television is incredible. I am not sure though if it helps you recognise talent anymore, but it gives people who otherwise would not have a chance, a platform. During VIVA it was about quality; right now they have made these shows into soap operas. Unfortunately, these are real people.” Neha says “Kuch Khaas” was the song that won her the nomination for a Filmfare award — her second stepping stone after VIVA. “I enjoy playback singing and in India it is the biggest thing. I want to be the best singer there is, it doesn't matter if it is in films or an album,” says Neha.

She has even contributed her talent to the Tamil and Telugu film industry. “It is very different working down South; the people are so much more respectful . They are very warm.” Neha is focussing on the launch and promotion of her new album along with the tour that she is going on along with UB.

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