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Reewa to put her skills on dis­play at Jan 17 gig

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GIVEN that she’s only in her mid-20s, Reewa Rathod doesn’t sur­prise us with her in­no­cent claims; Sam­ple this: Mu­sic is ev­ery­thing, I have noth­ing else to live for.

Yet, she negates her age when she de­scribes the line-up of songs for her up­com­ing con­cert on Jan­uary 17. “I’ll sing thumri, tappa, Car­natic, Punjabi folk, old Hindi clas­sics, Marathi, English pop, and some of my own com­po­si­tions,” says the daugh­ter of Roop Ku­mar Rathod and Su­nali Rathod. With a reper­toire that boasts of songs in Turk­ish and Span­ish as well, the young singer can cer­tainly raise eye­brows given the skills she’s ac­quired. “I started learn­ing pi­ano at the age of four and did eight grades from the Royal School of Lon­don. While I’ve learnt Car­natic and Hin­dus­tani clas­si­cal, I’m good at pick­ing up [lan­guages]. So, I can sing in Ara­bic, Span­ish and Ja­panese too.”

Rathod talks about be­ing the youngest com­poser for a Gulzar song — Maula, 2018 — with de­light. “A few years ago, I made him hear a few songs, and he told me to take some time to work on my­self. That’s when my re­solve of get­ting him to write for me grew stronger. I kept im­prov­ing my skills. I wanted to cre­ate some­thing that he would love. Even­tu­ally, I went to him last year again. This time, he loved one of my tunes. To­gether we de­cided to work on it.”

An up­com­ing saraiki folk song, Saval, will see her col­lab­o­rate with Zakir Hus­sain. “He heard it and said he’d love to pro­duce it. I’ve added Span­ish [mu­sic] to it.”

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