Tell us about the start of your musical journey. How did the passion develop and blossom into a career?
I grew up in Lucknow where I sang as a child artist on All India Radio since the age of 11. I have trained in classical music for 12 years. My guru late Shri. Pandit Ganesh Prasad Mishraji would come home to teach my uncle. I used to sit there listening to him—this went on for two years and, finally, he started training me when I turned eight. I even started doing shows with Anup Jalota thereafter, who is like a second father to me. I never aimed to become a singer, but I always thought I could give it a try. What gave me confidence to even give it a shot was when I won an inter-school singing competition at age 12. That’s when I thought I could do it.