Ranjish Hi Sahi (Reprise)
Aneysha Roy, a Psychology student at the University of Mumbai, talks about her rendition of the ghazal ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’.
Aneysha Roy would often find herself mindlessly browsing YouTube for new music in her free time, until one day, she chanced upon Papon’s cover of ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’ on Coke Studio, and she was hooked. She looked up other versions of the ghazal, listening to all its variants from across the world, and decided that she would give the song her own voice. Soon, Aneysha conceptualised a story that would later by watched over 700 times.
The Roy family, seated in front of a TV, would religiously watch the first season of Indian Idol, and ask 5 year old Aneysha to imitate all the performances they watched–an activity she soon began to love. Her parents noticed how much she enjoyed performing, and enrolled her into Rabrindra Sangeet training lessons. In her third year of college, she joined True School of Music, which changed the way she saw music. She says, “It really pushed me to realise how hard I must work to hone a talent that I’m lucky to possess. My music school gave me purpose and made me realise what I want my life to look like — completely consumed by music.”
Currently pursuing Masters in Psychology from University of Mumbai, Aneysha’s first solo performance was in her 11th grade, at a concert organised by Cathedral and John Connon. Recounting the performance, where she sang ‘Rolling in the Deep’, she says, “I was scared out of my mind. I didn’t realise how populous my school was, and it looked particularly crowded from upstage. When I started singing, I nearly froze from the amount of joy I felt, and the high that the stage gave me that day. The lights, the people, the vibe, and the mere realisation that my voice can impact people, was so stunning and humbling.”
In college, Aneysha participated in Sophia College’s Kaleidoscope, and St. Xaviers College’s Malhar. She also performed at a fund-raising concert, ‘Zariya’, that was organised by the students of True School.
Aneysha aspires to be able to sing every genre with sufficient justice, and to create music that creates an impact on her listeners. “I want to be remembered as the person who made some difference in the lives of people, through my music, long after my time,” she says, as she ends the interview.
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