At 23, Ananya Birla is simply Unstoppable! The only Indian artiste to have netted five Platinums back to back through her brilliant vocal renditions in English. She stands tall as an eloquent achiever, exploring and embracing herself with all her perfections and imperfections. A young woman of firm convictions, powered by her passion and humility, she is emotional yet insightful, expressive yet mindful, elegant yet discerning. A curious, endearing mix with the magnetism and charisma of a born artiste.
Excerpts from a conversation:
Why the XXIV tattoo on your forearm?
This is my 14th tattoo. It reminds me that there are only 24 hours in a day and I need to pack in so much more, achieve bigger goals, realise dreams…
What does music mean to you?
Music means magic to me. It is my soul, and half my heart. The other half of my heart and my mind, is business. Music has been my best friend through my growing years. I want to give back to music what it has given to me. My purpose in life is to make good music.
You come from one of India’s most successful industrialist families. With your mother Neerja Birla powering multiple initiatives, and father Kumar Mangalam Birla heading an iconic business empire.
Does love for music run in your family?
Oh yes. My mother has been playing the santoor since as far as my memory goes. That is how I took to playing the santoor at nine. My father has a golden voice and sings beautifully. So does my brother, and my sister pursues dance as well. Love for the fine arts runs in the family.
Shilpi Madan for Sunday Herald