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Precious: Anmol MalikAnd today, this 21-year-old has found her own calling with music. Meet Anmol Malik, a charming down-to-earth singer.

Being the daughter of such a famous composer meant music was not just in her genes, but also something she was exposed to right from her childhood. Under the guidance of her father, she learned the harmonium and the piano. “I have been a part of all his songs, being with him in studios and at recordings right from a very young age. In fact, I have been singing since I was four and did my first professional recording at eight for David Dhawan and Vashu Bhagnani’s Biwi No.1,” she reminisces. She also lent her voice to Agle janam mohe bitiya na kijo for the movie Umrao Jaan. In fact, it was this experience that she found handy, when she sang the hit song Talli main talli ho gai for the movie, Ugly Aur Pagli.

“I am thankful that I had an opportunity to understand the environment of a studio as well as a recording station,” she says. The versatile singer recently launched her new song, composed, written and sung by her. This is a single released digitally in association with Hungama Digital Media Entertainment. Incidentally, this English song had been written for her friends, when she graduated from the University of Warwick, England. “After I completed the song, I had my dad listen to it and it was his idea to release this online. He felt it was the best way to reach my target audience. Also, this song is different as it has an odd ball formation and focuses heavily on lyrics, which is my forte”. This song has had several industry bigwigs giving her a pat on the back. “I was not really expecting anything, but I have to say I am humbled that Aamir Khan not just liked it, but also posted it on his facebook fan page.”

So, does all this come easy, being Anu Malik’s daughter? “I have been asked this question several times and I will maintain the same stand — it’s a boon and a bane at the same time. There is a lot of expectation from me and I need to live up to that. It is quite dicey to have a brand behind you. Ultimately, what counts is talent. Everyone gets one shot that they must make sure they use.”

Exposed to various genres of music, Anmol does not pick her favourite singer. “I have observed a vast variety of singers and picked up tips from all of them. It isn’t appropriate to single out any one person.” Currently, she is singing for Rumi Jaffery’s Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai, where she has lent her vocals to a love song featuring the actress, Shriya Saran.

With the sounds of Bollywood music changing, she knows there are several opportunities waiting to be tapped. “There is a lot of electronic music today, even though I am a retro lover. I like old school, rock and jazz. However, I know that creativity is my calling and singing will help me give that creative expression. I really hope that people appreciate my work and I can make a positive difference.”

With her passion for music, we are sure she will reach her goals, and reach them soon.

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