“Everyone who hears me sing now, drops a positive word or says something nice. But there was a time when I used to yearn to hear people say I sing well. There was even a time when I had to beg for a chance to sing at my school, but in vain. My music teacher was the one who kept encouraging me and telling me that they didn’t deserve to hear me sing. But the teenage me couldn’t take the heartbreak. Without an opportunity to sing and a yearning for positive words, I moved to college. I chose my second passion, architecture, as a career.
It was my college that opened up new avenues for me. The first thing I did as soon as I got into college was to audition for bands. I joined a band and some people took notice of me. I mustered the courage to start my channel on social media. Now I get requests for songs from the same people who were not willing even to acknowledge that I could sing. I was on cloud 9 when my band leader in college went on to introduce me as the Shreya Ghoshal of SAPrabatham. While that might seem like a bit of eulogization, my heart and joy knew no bounds that day. I discovered a new, self-confident Yamini, gave performances and everyone welcomed it.
Where I am now, didn’t come overnight and it wasn’t easy at all. Numerous rejections, politics and heartbreaks later, I got a platform. Had it not been for the support of my parents and my guru, I would have given up on my passion. While it is easy for people to say that we do what fills our hearts with joy and not take into concern what others say, it’s hard to explain it to a teenager. Now with experience, I know that I shall never stop, no matter what anyone says to make me feel dejected!”
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