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A song on his mind

Armaan Malik

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Armaan Malik, who recently crooned a number for ‘Rowdy Fellow’, talks about his Telugu connect and love for music

He comes from a family of music directors and composers so it was little surprise when Armaan Malik decided to take up a career in music. The 19-year-old singer today has to his credit several hit numbers like ‘Naina’ from Khoobsurat, ‘Auliya’ from Ungli and the title track of Jai Ho and also the melodious ‘Yedho’ from Rowdy Fellow. The singer who enjoyed crooning the Telugu number has also recorded a couple more for future films here.

“I had done a cover of the song Nenani Neevani and put it up on Sound Cloud, which Sunny M.R. the music composer of Rowdy Fellow came across. He liked it and approached me for Yedho. This is my first adult song in Telugu, earlier I had sung for Rakhta Charitra, but as a child artiste,” says Armaan. He goes on to reveal his Telugu connect. “My mother is a Telugu, so I have been familiar with the language since childhood. While I can’t speak Telugu I do understand the language. Also I’ve done jingles in regional languages including Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Besides, the director and lyricist helped me out with pronunciations,” explains the artiste, who has also recorded four Kannada songs recently, apart from two more Telugu numbers with Sunny.

In the meantime Armaan is basking in the glory of the success of his recent Hindi hit numbers. “All the appreciation I have been receiving has been very encouraging. It pushes me to do better,” he says. The singer, who released his debut album Armaan earlier this year, says he believes in being part of the revolution of bringing out original music. “I know albums are not really doing very well in the Indian market right now. But it is also a fact that it is through albums that we singers can bring out our kind of music. Currently I’m working on a few singles and should release them in the New Year,” he explains.

The singer, who is also Anu Malik’s nephew hopes to work with the likes of Pritam and A.R. Rahman sometime, says his love for music began at a young age. “I began singing at the age of 6 and my parents decided to help me hone my skills and enrolled me for Hindustani Classical music classes. Besides since my grandfather, father and uncle are into the music industry, I was raised in an environment of music. However, I’m also completing my studies privately, because I think education is very important,” says the youngster, who hopes to do his Masters after completing his undergraduate course in Commerce.

The singer, who is currently working on projects with Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Himesh Reshamiya, says that he loves travelling. “Some day I would like to take a break and spend my time exploring the world. I also have a passion for food so I’d like to set up a café or a restaurant of my own sometime in the future,” he says.

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