Ashwamedha Award for Youngest Playback Singer of India
Posted on: September 4, 2014. Comments ( 2 )

Author: Pritha Majumder, mother of Diva R Roy, Mumbai

It is a pleasure to share that Diva R Roy of Std. I, Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School, Mumbai, won the Ashwamedha Award for being the youngest playback singer of India, at the award function held at the ISCON auditorium, Juhu on Saturday, 30th August 2014.

DIVA ROY’s solo rendition of the song “BAWLA SA SAPNA” for the film SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS starring FARHAN AKHTAR & VIDYA BALAN (Lyrics: SWANAND KIRKIRE; Music: PREETAM; Music on: T SERIES)  made her the youngest singer of India in February 2014. She had then got the MUSICAL SAMIKSHA AWARD of the month amongst others like A R REHMAN and PREETAM. On 30th August 2014, she was honoured with the ASHWAMEDHA AWARD for the same achievement.

DIVA R ROY—the daughter of PRITHA MAJUMDAR of “AISA DES HAI MERA” song fame and music director Rajesh Roy—has sung the “BAWLA SA SAPNA” song in the film SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS (SKSE) starring FARHAN AKHTAR and VIDYA BALAN which released in February this year. With this rendition, five-year-old DIVA has become the youngest playback singer of India.

Award Photo Video Song

Music runs in Diva’s family. Her mother Pritha Majumdar has sung in films such as Veer Zaara, Mohabbatein and Vastaav to name a few.

Diva’s father Rajesh Roy is a music composer who has worked in several Hindi and Bengali films.

DIVA was introduced to SKSE’s music composer PRITHAM by one of Diva’s mother’s friends when the composer was looking for a child singer for the film. Initially, the composer was sceptical and wasn’t too sure about using Diva’s voice. But when he started the recording with the child artiste, her talent surprised him and he knew she was the voice for the song. We hear that the whole song was recorded in one day and the quality was superb. After it was done, Pritham told her, “You are rocking, Diva”.

Even though she is all of five, Diva is quite eloquent. When we asked her of how she got the chance to sing in the film, she says, “Pritam uncle was looking for a child to sing in the film. My mother’s friend, Arunita aunty, told us about it and introduced us to him. My mother sent him a few of my recorded songs that I had sung at home. He liked them and finalised me.”

Diva says she was only two-and-a-half years old when she started to sing. “I used to hum along with my mother while she would do her riyaaz at home. That’s how it all began.”

My mother is my guru. I don’t take any formal training. I like to sing with my mom. I love to sing. I sing songs after listening to them on television,” says Diva, whose current favourite track is “Titli” from the film Chennai Express.

We, at YOKIBU.COM, also hope that Diva goes on to make a fantastic career in playback singing.

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Comments (2)


    Nirmala says:

    All the best Divya, you have a long way to go.

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