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Boy eyes Mumbai success
- Imphal prodigy wishes to work with icon AR Rahman

Imphal, Feb. 3: Soraisam Leninjit was all of four when he first sang on stage.

Fifteen now, he wants to shift to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood after winning a number of prestigious awards and contests in his home state Manipur and in Bengal.

Given his record, that does not look like an absurd dream.

When little Soraisam was brought home from hospital, his grandfather S. Parijat prophesised that he would grow up to be a famous singer one day after hearing him cry.

The prediction began ringing true when four-year-old Soraisam first went on stage.

“When I took him to a concert at the Oriental College near our home, Soraisam wanted to perform on stage. He cried endlessly when I refused him,” reminisced father Joychandra Singh, a businessman who hears little beyond some Western music.

His first chance came when a local youth club organised a concert. Joychandra Singh contributed to the concert on the condition that his son would be allowed to sing.

The little boy sang a modern Manipuri song and earned thunderous applause.

It has been one journey of musical success since then.

He was admitted to Shree Shree Bal Mukundev Music College, Imphal, when he was in Class III.

Last month, he was adjudged first in both khayal and modern song in the junior category at the third All-India Indian Classical Music, Dance, Folk Dance and Drama competition organised by Hindustan Art and Music Society and Antara Sangit Vidyalaya at Bardhaman in Bengal recently.

A pupil of late Manipuri singer Bangkimchandra, all of Soraisam’s songs are composed by his mentor.

It includes the Manipuri ghazal that won him the first prize at the Bardhaman competition.

“Now I want to go to Mumbai and build a career as a singer. I have been working on it,” said Soraisam, a Class IX student of an Imphal school.

“I would like to work with music icon A.R. Rahman,” he said.

“My only aim is to build a career in Bollywood and in the music teaching profession.”

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