We are less than a month away from the conference that we all have been waiting for since June. So, we believe that it is high time that the TEDxDharamshala community is introduced to the inspiring personalities that would grace our stage on the 12th of November. In a series of blogs starting from this one, we’ll be dedicating one post to each of our speakers. Stay tuned as we take you through the astounding lives of the speakers of TEDxDharamshala 2017.
Everyone wants to be a star. Yet only some are born with the exceptional talent to make name for themselves in the celebrity business. Many believe that it is the kids from big cities and renowned families who get ahead in showbiz. However, people who swim against the current and prove the world wrong. With the diverse line up of speakers for TEDxDharamshala 2017, it was necessary to bring on one of the most promising, up and coming music sensations of our time. Thus, we are proud to introduce our next speaker for the most awaited conference of the year, Barbie Rajput.
The Making of a Star
Like most musicians, Barbie’s interest in music began at a very young age. She’s one of the few who are born with the acumen for the one thing they aim to do. While others her age were pursuing the generic dreams of being a doctor or an engineer, Barbie had already set her path. This young girl from Mandi, a lesser known city of Himachal Pradesh, had no connections in the music industry. No family name to boast of, or money to be wasted on starting her own career. But talent doesn’t go unrecognized. So, she moved out of her hometown and went to the city of dreams, Mumbai. This was the beginning of a glorious journey she is still on.
Earning the Recognition
In 2012, Barbie participated in Zee TV’s, ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’, where she first got recognized for her talent. Through sheer grit and determination, she was able to earn a spot in the finale. While, unfortunately, Barbie didn’t win, she let this be the first milestone towards her goal. From Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, she went to Zee Li’l Champs. Her beautiful voice and Rockstar-like confidence won many hearts. Along the way, she had the opportunity to meet the versatile singing legend, Sonu Nigam.
Mr. Nigam advised Barbie to venture into the western music genres. Although these are little less appreciated genres in the industry she was planning to work in, she decided to give it a shot. The very fact that there wasn’t a lot of support for Western Music in the industry, motivated Barbie to work even harder. The hard work paid off when she entered Colors Infinity’s ‘The Stage,’ a talent show for young singers in the country with an interest in the Western music. Barbie again didn’t fail to impress with the renowned music producer Vishal Dadlani saying that he “loved her voice”.
An injury in the leg during the beginning of the show rendered her unable to give her level best. Barbie had to bow out in the second round which she did gracefully. However, at the age of 17, she released her own album, 22 Unite, that performed just as well as you would expect from this wonderful artist. Her songs, ‘It’s enough’ and ‘Tu Hi Tu’ were massive hits that put her on nationwide charts.
Barbie continues her work with the same determination that she had the day she set foot for Mumbai. It is well known for artists as young as her to lose their focus with a little taste of success. But Barbie is not a mainstream artist who would let hurdles get her down. If you hadn’t heard of her before reading this blog, we recommend you head straight to YouTube and listen to her. You don’t want to get left behind when she wins a Grammy.
The theme for TEDxDharamshala 2017 is ‘Inspiring Possibilities’ and so we have brought as many inspirational people as we could for this conference. But if you thinking listening to people speak is not your thing, Barbie is the reason you should book your pass right now. Join us on 12th of November as she takes the stage to tell us ‘What does Originality Sound Like?’ through a talk mixed with a performance.