The first Hindi song I heard properly was when I was selected to dance at the annual day programme at my school. We danced to ‘Dus Bahane Karke Le Gaye Dil’. I was in Grade one at the time. I had no idea of what the song meant or what the lyrics were. I just found the tune very catchy and I had to dance at the annual day. It was compulsory to dance and it was an interesting tune.
Wait. What? The first time I heard Hindi music was when I was almost six years old? That’s right. You see, I was living in the United States for a couple of years, until I was five years old. Mom says when I was very little I used to listen to this sardarji guy called Rabbi Shergill, but I don’t remember it.
The first songs I remember listening to were the theme tracks from Barney & Friends and Spongebob Squarepants and a lot of Disney tracks. Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, yeah!
In India, most of my friends in school would listen to Hindi music, and I too picked it up. I like Shankar Ehsan Loy, Asha Bhosle and Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh, Vishal –Shekar, Salim-Suleman, but my favourite artist is Yo Yo Honey Singh. I know it is surprising, but I love Yo Yo’s songs. (I’ll write more about him in another article). I liked the songs from movies like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Main Tera Hero, Hasee to Phasee, Chennai Express, Humpty Sharma ke Dhulania, ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ and ‘Kill Dil’.
I still prefer English music to Hindi music and for a long time I was one of the only people in class who used to know more English songs than Hindi songs. Later on more kids learned about English music and some new kids joined us, who already liked English Music. I don’t know how, but somehow almost all the kids in my class, became fans of ‘Imagine Dragons’, it’s a rock band in the US.
When I was in Grade two, there was this guy in my class whose dad was a big Jimi Hendrix fan and he also loved Green Day. Then I have another Michael Jackson crazy fellow in my class whose fashion sense is also like MJ’s!
My favourite artists are Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, Ginger Fox, Victorious, and Adam Levine from Maroon 5. Surprisingly, even though Justin Bieber is very popular abroad, I have hardly ever met any of his fans. (No one seems to like Justin Bieber, at least in India). Most of my class still listens to Hindi music. They especially like songs like ‘Aata Maazhi Satakli’.
Unlike the past, in the 21st Century, everyone is free to choose what music they like, and that means a lot of confusion. As far I know, if the other kids do not like what music you listen to, then they should deal with it! But you don’t stop listening to what you love!