Taranaa Singing Contest Pittsburgh 2007


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-text8 = '''Sriram''', born in a musical family was formally trained in carnatic music but was more involved in light music during his grad school days. He works for a software firm in Pittsburgh.+text8 = '''Sriram''', born in a musical family was formally trained in Carnatic Music. He started singing light music during his grad school days. He enjoys listening to all kinds of music but is very passionate towards Indian Classical and Light Music! He currently works for a software company in Pittsburgh.
-'''Shuba''', formally trained in carnatic music and holds a bachelors degree in the same and is an accomplished musician and has performed various concerts. She is currently a student in University of Pittsburgh persuing her masters in Speech and Language Pathology.+'''Shuba''', formally trained in carnatic music since she was eight years old has a bachelors degree in Music. She has given a few concerts when she lived in India. Besides being a mom of two lovely daughters, she teaches Carnatic Music for a bunch of highly energetic kids and is a part-time student in the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Speech and Language Pathology.
 +After living in India, upstate NY, San Francisco bay area, Belgium and London, finally Sriram & Shuba with their 9 and 5 year old daughters decided to stay put in Pittsburgh in late 2004 and are now settled in Pittsburgh. And when asked about their intercontinental stroll, they say it was one heck of a ride!!!.
-After being in India, upstate NY, San Francisco bay area, Belgium and London, finally Sriram & Shuba with their 9 and 5 year old daughters decided to stay put in Pittsburgh in late 2004 and now settled in Pittsburgh. And when asked about their intercontinental stroll says it was one heck of a ride!!!.+Shuba and Sriram take this chance to appreciate and thank Taraana & team for the splendid idea! Their fingers are crossed as karaoke is new for them and they wish all participants good luck!! |
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-Shuba and Sriram take this chance to appreciate Taraana for the splendid idea and convey their thanks to the Taranaa team for reviving their Passion for music. Their fingers are crossed as karaoke is new for them and they wish all participants good luck!! |+
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singer9 = Parul Nisha | singer9 = Parul Nisha |
-text9 = - |+text9 = Hey...I am Parul, have been in Pittsburgh over five years and am finishing up my PhD in Biological Sciences @ CMU. I haven’t been very formally trained in any kind of music but have always kept in touch with light and semi-classical Hindi music through various platforms, the favorite being the highly charged cultural festivals of Delhi University. I have sung solo and organized many group performances at numerous cultural festivals back in India and am primarily inclined to singing Ghazals. I am always on a lookout for musically inclined people who would just get together on a lazy afternoon and sing/play for hours just for the fun of being surrounded by music. Thanks to Harshal and Taraana for providing us musically starved souls with another great platform. Good luck to everyone!! |
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-text18 = - |+text18 = I am working in Sales and Business Development. I have always had a passion for music and my favourite singer is Mohd. Rafi. Well I would have to say that cricket is my other passion. I graduated from IUP in Indiana, PA in Aug 2005 and have been working since. Curently I am relocationg to New Jersey and as soon as I heard about this competiton, just sent in my entry.
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Meet The Contestants



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Image:ShakuntalaShinde.jpg Shakuntala Shinde I am an occupational Therapist. I’ve been in Pittsburgh for past 10 years. I sang informally @ parties, this is the first time I’m singing formally.Thanks to Taraana.com.I was very fond of singing & dancing from childhood, but never got the oppurtunity for formal training. I sang in the school programs & all the time @ home.I tried to imitate singers & learnt the fine nuances by just listening to songs.It really refreshened me .Nowadays with Karaoke music,it has increased my pleasure & convenience..I wish you all joy & luck. Dil Ko Hazar Baar
Image:NVH.jpg Nitin Hattangady Hello everyone!! I have lived in Pittsburgh for the past 11 years. An engineer by profession, I have dabbled in music for a while. I play the guitar and sing mostly Hindi songs. I really enjoy using Taranaa - its easy to use and great to practice and hone my singing skills. Good luck to all... Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
Image:AnuMunshi.jpg Anuradha Munshi-Khandhar Hi everyone! I'm Anu and relatively new to Pittsburgh. I moved here from Ohio after getting married to my husband, Sameer, back in July 2006. I'm currently working as a critical care hospitalist physician at UPMC.

I have loved Hindi music and movies ever since I was a little girl growing up in Kashmir, India. After moving to USA at age 10, I tried my best not to lose touch with my culture and especially my passion for singing. I mostly enjoy listening to and singing Hindi music (be it Bollywood, Classic or Ghazals) in my car or at home when no one is listening. I occassionally sing at family get togethers as well but I had never tried Karaoke until this audition. If I had to pick one favorite artist, I would have to say Kishore Kumar - mostly because of his versatility as a singer, actor and comedian. His saddest songs brought tears to your eyes and his humor was brilliant! I could only hope to be a tenth as talented as he was.

I really look forward to enjoying the musical talent in Pittsburgh. Its the first real opportunity I've had to share my love for music with others. Taranaa is a wonderful opportunity especially for the young ones in our community. I wish I had had experiences that foster culture and talent like this when I was growing up in USA.
Kabhi Kabhi
Image:AkshayHari.jpg Akshay Hari My name is Akshay and I am a 15 year old sophomore in West Allegheny High School in Pennsylvania. I started singing about a year ago, when I was watching SaReGaMaPa on Zee TV. Music has created an interest in me to learn Hindi, as I speak mostly English and some Tamil at home. Taranaa has given me the opportunity to share my voice with the rest of the world, with the wonderful karaoke tracks provided. My dream is to someday sing in a Bollywood film, wish me luck! Chaand Sifaarish
Image:ArpaMukherjee.jpg Arpa Mukherjee Hello!

My name is Arpa, and I am currently a tenth grade student at Fox Chapel Area High School. I have always loved music since I was little. I am in the process of learning Indian Classical Vocal, and also participate in my school's choir. I also enjoy singing at community events. Some of my other passions include bharatnatyam, creative writing, reading, art, foreign cultures and languages, and the sciences.

I hope to continue singing for many years to come!
Chale Jaisee Hawaaein
Image:VinitaBelambe.jpg Vinita Belambe Hi everyone, My name is Vinita. I've been living in Pittsburgh for the past 10 years. After working as a software developer for a few years, I decided to work as a full-time mom to take care of my two kids. I've learned classical music for 6 years when I was in India. I like to sing and listen to Hindi and Marathi songs, light Marathi music being my favorite. I would like to thank my parents who encouraged me to learn music in early childhood. I would also like to thank my husband who is my judge, for his continued support and encouragement. I can't thank my kids enough for being patient when I practice my songs. I'm very thankful to all my music loving friends in Pittsburgh who have been giving me opportunities to sing at family get-togethers. And last but not the least, I would like to thank Harshal and the Taranaa team for creating these wonderful karaoke tracks and for giving me the opportunity to sing in this contest. I wish all the participants good luck! Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Ye
Image:Narjinder.jpg NarjinderPathania Hi I am Narjinder. Have been in Pittsburgh for about 6 years now. Singing is fun for me and I sing whenever I get a chance, at parties, at home, while driving, in sleep (dreams)... Taraana, besides giving a good collection of Karaoke songs has given an opportunity to meet with folks with similar interests. We (mein aur mere dost) sing a lot during our parties, so I am sure Taraana will feature in most of those Neele Neele Ambar Par
Image:ShubhaSriram.jpg Shuba & Sriram Sriram, born in a musical family was formally trained in Carnatic Music. He started singing light music during his grad school days. He enjoys listening to all kinds of music but is very passionate towards Indian Classical and Light Music! He currently works for a software company in Pittsburgh.

Shuba, formally trained in carnatic music since she was eight years old has a bachelors degree in Music. She has given a few concerts when she lived in India. Besides being a mom of two lovely daughters, she teaches Carnatic Music for a bunch of highly energetic kids and is a part-time student in the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Speech and Language Pathology. After living in India, upstate NY, San Francisco bay area, Belgium and London, finally Sriram & Shuba with their 9 and 5 year old daughters decided to stay put in Pittsburgh in late 2004 and are now settled in Pittsburgh. And when asked about their intercontinental stroll, they say it was one heck of a ride!!!.

Shuba and Sriram take this chance to appreciate and thank Taraana & team for the splendid idea! Their fingers are crossed as karaoke is new for them and they wish all participants good luck!!
Piyu Bole
Image:Parul.jpg Parul Nisha Hey...I am Parul, have been in Pittsburgh over five years and am finishing up my PhD in Biological Sciences @ CMU. I haven’t been very formally trained in any kind of music but have always kept in touch with light and semi-classical Hindi music through various platforms, the favorite being the highly charged cultural festivals of Delhi University. I have sung solo and organized many group performances at numerous cultural festivals back in India and am primarily inclined to singing Ghazals. I am always on a lookout for musically inclined people who would just get together on a lazy afternoon and sing/play for hours just for the fun of being surrounded by music. Thanks to Harshal and Taraana for providing us musically starved souls with another great platform. Good luck to everyone!! Dil Cheez Kya Hai
Image:AnjaliMedhekar.jpg Anjali Medhekar Hi, I'm Anjali. I have been living in Pittsburgh for 10 years. I am currently working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist . I love listening to and singing hindi songs. I occasionally sing at parties and family get-togethers. However, this is the first time I have sung using a karoke track. I thank Taranaa for giving me this wonderful oppurtunity to meet other people with similar interests and instilling a new enthusiasm for singing. I wish the best of luck to all of the participants. Zara Zara
Image:PriyaShankar.jpg Priya Shankar Here is my short profile for the website - Hello! I have been in Pittsburgh for three years now. I learnt Carnatic music when I was in school and I practice singing whenever I can. I love film music, Tamil and Hindi. A CA and a CPA, I work as an auditor. Thanks to the Taranaa team for this great opportunity. I wish all the participants all the very best. Zara Zara
Image:AdityaNemlekar.jpg Aditya Nemlekar My name's Aditya I'm 25, and I'm currently wrapping up graduate school work here in Pittsburgh. I've been here for about 3 years, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I've been into music since my wee years staring at my grandfather and father practicing tabla. I've been singing since I can remember, and I've been training in hindustani classical for about 3 years now. This is my first venture into the (vicious) karaoke arena...which I'm hoping will be an amazing experience. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
Image:SheelaRaju.jpg Sheela Raju I have been in Pittsburgh for the past 3 years. Am trained in Carnatic music, but also love light classical and Hindi songs. I wish to congratulate Taranaa for holding this unique event. It is my husband, Ganesh who has been behind my enrollment for this event. I wish all the best to everyone. Zara Zara
Image:SanatShroff.jpg Sanat Shroff Hi everybody! I am an Internist practicing medicine in the Mon Valley area for over 13 years. I arrived in to USA 20 years ago.I am very fond of listening to music and singing songs/bhajans. I like to sing whenever we have a get-together. I started using "sing along karaoke" CDs a few years ago and since the invention of hindi song karaoke tracks, singing has become my passion! I also like to write bhajans in my spare time.I truely appreciate Taranaa team for creating hindi song karaoke tracks and for creating an opportunity to unveil the singing talent of our community. I wish all the participants a very good luck and I hope you will enjoy the upcoming show! Mere Naina
Image:BabeenaSharma.jpg Babeena Sharma Hi,My name is Babeena Sharma.I live in Pittsburgh,PA since 17 years. I work as a Project buyer in a Watertreatment Company.I also have been teaching music for a few years and learning classical music from Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music,director and my guru Pandita Tripti Mukherjee. I love to listen and sing all kinds of songs,from classical to Bollywood ,and from Devotional to Pop. I appreciate Western Pop and Jazz as well I feel there is more to singing a song than just hitting the notes correctly. It is the feel and the soul of the song a singer projects that touches the listerners ears and heart. My favourite singers are Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghosal, Asha Bhosle and Hariharan. I want to thank Taranaa for the great site and putting together this kareoke event. Kajra Mohabbatwala
Image:Prem.jpg Prem Premkumar Music is a gift and I'd like to thank the Taraana team for sharing their beautiful music with all of us. Chhookar Mere Man Ko
Image:Manjula.jpg Manjula Germanwala - Afsana Likh Rahin Hoon
Image:RishiNegi.jpg Rishi Negi I am working in Sales and Business Development. I have always had a passion for music and my favourite singer is Mohd. Rafi. Well I would have to say that cricket is my other passion. I graduated from IUP in Indiana, PA in Aug 2005 and have been working since. Curently I am relocationg to New Jersey and as soon as I heard about this competiton, just sent in my entry. I guess, have said a lot, rest when in person when we meet in Pittsburgh. Good luck to all the participants. Dar-E-Dil
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