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From conflict to chords
Himesh Reshammiya is a name that shines among the brightest in Bollywood. He has made musical marks after a long phase of struggle and strife that steeled in him his musical genius.
HIMESH RESHAMMIYA IS now a brand in the Bollywood music industry. He has a huge fan-following despite the critical barbs for “singing with a nasal twang”. His songs are hot-selling and are a money churner for the music industry.

But Himesh had to slug it out to reach here. He was just 13 when he lost his elder 22-year-old brother.  His father, Vipin Reshammaiya — veteran Gujarati music director — was shattered by the loss and looked up at the younger son. Himesh, forced by adversity, untiringly applied himself to his work to fulfill the expectations of his father. If he has made it this big, it’s mainly because of the inspiration he got from his father and the strong situational motivation to excel.
 
“Singing has always been my hobby,” says Himesh. But he did not let it remain at that and honed his musical skills to scale ever-greater heights.  “Basically, I think, my style is quite versatile and I can do anything from raga-based songs to contemporary numbers. I had a terrific run last year.  I really like making music for young people. But, at the same time, I believe that songs should not be devoid of melody. In my song you find both melody and orchestration.”
 
Himesh was born on July 23, 1975. In 2003 Filmfare Awards, he won the nomination for the Best Music Director award for Aashiq Banya Aaapne. The prestigious Filmfare Awards once again conferred on him the title of Best Playback Singer. In 2006 Zee Cine Award, he was adjudged the Best Playback Singer (Male) for the number Aashiq Banya Aaapne. Earlier, he had bagged at the 2004 Zee Cine Awards the honour for being the Best Music Director for Tere Naam.
 
Himesh was crazy about music right from his childhood. At just 16, he started producing serials. He started composing title tracks of these serials.  He got his first break as a producer with Ahmedabad Doordarshan.  One of his biggest feats as a producer was the success he got for the movie, AndazPyaar Kiya To Darna Kya in 1998 was the biggest turning point in his life. The movie’s soundtrack was a great hit and put him in the top league. Humraaz in 2002 was another big milestone in his career.  Then came, Tere Naam. From here, he didn’t have to look back.
 
Says Himesh, “It has been a fascinating journey. Right from producer to composer to singer to endorsing fashion labels to becoming an actor. I am so lucky to play so many roles in a single life. Aap Ka Suroor is actually a semi-autobiography of my life and is directed by my friend Prashant Chadha. As for the questions as to why I wear a cap and why there is pathos in my eye, you will get the answers when you see this film.”
 
Excited at the prospect of encouraging new talent, Himesh says, “I guess it’s payback time for me. Whatever I have gained from music I want to pass on to the young generations. I had such little guidance when I was starting out. Now, I want the youngsters to get the opportunities which I didn’t get.”
 
Himesh’s dream for the future include opening of music schools all over the country.  “I’m planning to open hi-tech music schools all over the country under the banner of Himesh Reshammiya School of Music. The centers would be located in Mumbai, Delhi, Madras and Kolkata. There will be two centers in each town. It’s a very huge project. The interiors will be done by Italian architects who are being roped in for their expertise. I want to change the face of music schools in this country,” he reveals.
 
“So far, we have had music schools associated with guru-shishya parmapara. In my school, I intend to do away with this and make the process of music learning more friendly than forbidding," says Himesh.


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