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Music: Jaspinder Narula

by Paul Riat

To some people, fame comes late; but comes for ever. Jaspinder Narula is a fine example of a young ambitious girl who struggled hard and achieved what she aimed for. This powerful-voiced singer shot to fame after a duel with Remo Fernandes in Pyaar to Hona Hi That, and walked away with many awards that same year. Today, she is rated among Bollywood’s most sought after playback singers.

Jaspinder’s singing career began early, being the offspring of KS Narula, a veteran composer of the 50s. However, with her strong spiritual inclinations, Jaspinder kept away from film singing and specialised in singing bhajans and Sufianan compositions.

Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan could be credited with giving Jaspinder the much-needed push towards the music industry. He invited the young singer to a part of veteran composers Kalyanji-anandji, who had just won the Padamshree. Upon meeting the young talent, Kalyanji invited her to Mumbai, but Jaspinder, who was busy with academic studies, stayed away from the glitter of tinsel town.
Jaspinder finally made her way to Mumbai a few years later, when Kalyanji recommended her to his son Viju Shah. Her break came in 1997, when Anu Malik offered her an assignment in Viraasat, for which she recorded a duet with Kumar Sanu.

An ardent Sardarni, Jaspinder is at ease with all kinds of music, be it devotional, Bollywood-style, folk, pop, western or classical. With a postgraduate degree from the University of Delhi, she is pursuing her PhD on the influence of Urdu and Persian on Hindustani classical music.

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