Born to create her own music

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She came to Delhi from Ludhiana for a seat in Delhi University but the hopes sunk when her percentage of 92 went a little less than the cut-off of 93.5. However, destiny had decided her future. The 22-year-old cleared her ECA trials and bagged a seat in B.Com (Hons), Hindu. This was just the beginning.

“As an ECA student, one gets more chances to participate in extra-curricular activities and gets more exposure to a variety of options. It was during my college days that I got to know about India’s Got Talent (IGT) and went for its auditions.

“The next thing I knew, I was on TV and people started recognising me. I always wanted to be a musician but was clueless as to where to start. It was IGT that provided me a head start,” says Jasleen Royal, one of the semi-finalists of IGT’s season-I. Popularly known as the ‘one woman band,’ Jasleen is remembered for her mouth organ, guitar playing and singing, all three at the same time. Her talent has taken her to various shows in colleges across the country and even to Rashtrapati Bhawan.

For her, it all started accidently. Jasleen says, “Every other kid in the neighbourhood had a casio and so did my brother. He used to take lessons for it but once while practicing, he forgot the tune.

It was to get the tune right that I tried my hands at the casio. I tried and tried hard until finally I got it right, little realising that I had learnt playing it myself.” It was a good start but the journey wasn't easy for it was difficult for Jasleen to convince her parents to buy a keyboard for her.

“Every parent wants their children to study and score well. Same was the case with mine. I was in grade I or II when my music teacher in school recognised my talent to teach myself and encouraged me to buy a keyboard to practice. It was hard for me to convince my parents but after they saw me performing during the annual day and other programmes, they finally gave in.” Thus began her tryst with musical instruments such as keyboard initially and later, mouth organ and guitar.

Jasleen is mostly self tau­ght and doesn’t feel compelled to get professionally trained.

“There are a lot of lessons on You Tube from which one can learn. Also, when I perform, big bands like Parikrama give me their feedback. All I have to do is to work on their  advice. I feel, when you learn it yourself, then you understand it better. But you have to be honest with what you are singing,” she says as she practices to achieve her dream of becoming a musician.

Does she intend to try her luck in Bollywood? “I will but I first want work to come to me, instead of shifting to Mumbai for I love being in Delhi.” Who is her favourite musician? “AR Rahman. I also like Amit Trivedi.”

However, her most cheri­s­hable moment was when lyricist Swanand Kirkire shared her song Panchi Udjawa on FB. “We connected on facebook and when Swanand sir came to Delhi, he called me on stage to play the guitar while he sang. I couldn’t believe all this when it happened but I shall always remember this gesture.”

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