You Learn Only When You Don't Give up - Himanshu Arora

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

There is no exact number of years to remember but singing is one of my hobbies since childhood. As a child, I used to spend most of my time with my grandmother. She had a big Tape Recorder on which she used to listen to old songs. I used to like it too, so when I got free time, I used to listen to my favourite songs on her tape recorder without asking her.

Slowly when I grew up and joined college, I didn't have any idea what to do after college. When I was in the 3rd semester, my father had a heart failure which led to his sudden death. That was the first time I came to know what is depression because I was the closest to him. I was in complete shock. He died on 9 November 2017 and I came to know about an Indian Idol audition on 26th of November.

From that point in my life, I only had one thing in mind. Whatever my dream is, I will live it no matter what. I gave the first audition that day got in the race to fulfil my dream. Then I purchased the guitar and learned it quickly. I also uploaded the videos to my social media account. Initially, I got a little bit negativity on social media, but I did not mind.

I worked on myself gradually and then after some time some of my videos on my social media accounts also started going viral and everyone started loving them. Along with this I also started to qualify reality television shows auditions like Indian Idol, Saregamapa, Rising Star, so my confidence kept increasing with every step. 

Today I am here. I receive appreciation from different parts of the world like Indonesia and Poland. Those messages are no less than any achievement for me Soon I started doing private gigs, shows, concerts etc. I can now pay for my own expenses. My future plans right now are just to stay positive about things and improve myself.

2. When did you first decide you wanted to pursue music and how did you start?

Like I told you that I do not remember an exact year, I just kept rising slowly from one step to another. The first instrument that I bought was a guitar. I used to practice on it and post it on social media.

3. Who is your favourite artist and why?

Kishore Kumar Sir. My grandmother's fondness of listening to old songs in her tape recorder led me to realise how beautiful his voice is. Personally, I love to listen to him all the time.

4. Can you throw some light on opportunities one gets as a singer?

In the old times, an artist did not have so many platforms that he could show his talent on. However, today, you have everything because a platform bigger than social media is not available anywhere at the present time. If someone has any talent to show, they can easily fulfil their dream. The only condition is that one should stop complaining and never give up.

5. Is format training required or can one train themselves purely on the basis of talent?

If you believe in yourself that you can learn this thing without any help, then I do not think you need a teacher. Yes, it takes time but only when you don't give up, you learn.

6. What piece of advice would you like to give to future and aspiring artists?

As soon as you work on a project and present it, stop thinking about it because it also has a journey like ours. Just think positive, everyone will definitely like your work, even if it does not satisfy your expectation, you didn't lose anything. Just learn from it and make sure that next time you will give your 200%. Never quit or stop, just think why did you start in the first place.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I don't read many books. Although I write my own books which have the lyrics of my unreleased songs.

Interview by - Sonam

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