SOMAugust2008Ashim


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Ashim Arora - Star of the Month - August 2008
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Introduction

Hi everyone! I am Ashim from Simi Valley, California. I am a physician by profession. I am originally from northern India with particularly close ties to Punjab and Himachal. I have been in the US since 1988. My love for music has been there since as long as I can remember. The first time I ever sang outside the realms of a shower was in high school for a school function as part of a choir. In college I would be requested by my friends to sing a few lines occasionally (only after they had had a few drinks I think). I did get an opportunity to sing on stage for the very first time in medical school. My mother was a very good singer and if I remember correctly she started singing in her temple functions at an early age. Unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to have any formal training in singing. Once I came to the US of course the singing days seemed to have been over for all intents and purposes. My wife and kids are very supportive of my hobby. Although my kids were born here my love for Indian music has definitely passed on to them. In 1997 I had the opportunity to participate in Filmi sangeet competition in Dallas, which once again renewed the singing fever but then another long and lean period till I met - YES – TARANAA. I have been a member of Taranaa for quite some time now. Taranaa has given me a medium and direction to follow my passion for music and singing. The Taranaa community has a number of excellent singers, music lovers and teachers and critics, which is a nice environment to practice and fulfill my hobby and also learn lot of new nuances and subtleties and other important things.

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Who encouraged you to sing early on?


I believe it was my mother who would hear me sing and occasionally give me pointers. Later in life my friends would definitely urge me on

How encouraging is your family towards your pursuit of musical interest? Does your spouse have hang-ups about your staring at the "red screen" at every given opportunity? ;)
My wife has always been encouraging towards my hobby. My wife and kids have to endure my late night practices and crooning as they try to sleep since I only get some time in the late evenings. I consider myself very fortunate in that matter. Occasionally I get an audience in the form of my kids in the same room. My dad has to occasionally listen to my recordings and critique


Can you describe in your words what good singing means ? And what is the most important aspect of good singing, sur, taal, diction, poetry, feelings, or sounding like the original singer?
I guess good singing is an amalgam and composite of all of the above. I think music lies in the ears of the listener. It has to sound good and pleasing. Expression, words, feelings and to convey the mood of the song in a manner intended are very important..


Would you like to share some weaknesses of your singing and your effort to improve them?
I think the space provided maybe a little small to do justice to the question. Some of the problems I know I face are Taal, timing, excessive nasal quality (as repeatedly pointed by my better half). I wish I had some training in classical music. I am sure there are many other flaws, which I have not realized and hope that my fellow tarana-ites will help me realize.


Do you think certain foods affect or help your singing?
I am not sure I can say that I have been able to judge any particular food that helps. I find that sour foods make it difficult and a full stomach definitely is a negative.


If at all, you get a chance to choose and sing with any male/female Bollywood singer, who would that be? Why?
Shaan – male, and Shreya – female among the current bollywood singers.


Who do you style your singing after? If no one, then what do you think is your singing style?
I grew up singing mostly Kishore Da’s songs. His versatility in the various kinds of songs is amazing. Among the current crop I think I would pick Shaan. I am not sure I have a style


What aspects of Taraana.com made you decide to become a member?
Taranaa is not only the source of tracks but also the opportunity to hear and exchange views with people who have the same passion for singing. The constructive feedback and the opportunity to try to improve is a great plus.


If you have to suggest some improvements for Taraana.com what would they be?
An even and regular influx of new tracks. There are long gaps occasionally between new track availability. A pause button and fast-forward and rewind buttons in the player would be very helpful


Do you record in a studio or home? What equipment do you use for home recording?
I record at home. I use a Yamaha mixer and a mic and audacity


Would you like to receive feedback in public (Taranaa forum) or through private messages? What aspects should be considered carefully while giving feedback in public?
Any feedback is appreciated. Taranaa forum is totally acceptable to me.


Lastly, if you had a choice of choosing five new tracks for Taranaa library what would they be?

    Nagada Nagada (Jab we met), Hum Jo chalne Lage (Jab We Met), Bheega Asmaan (Dhol), Thodisi Jo Pi Li Hai (Namak Halal), Rind Poshmal (Mission Kashmir))


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