(1/2) “"I grew up in a chawl in Bombay. My 4 sisters, parents, and I lived in 10X10 space, but every day was exciting. Both my father and uncle were in the creative field. My dad was involved in music and writing. My uncle was a well known mimic and did many shows. I grew up amid all of this and soaked it all in-- it was a world I loved.
I followed their footsteps and started performing in plays at school and college. I did mimicry and made songs without any instruments, using empty boxes. Everyone always enjoyed my performances and I loved the applause. I then started writing. From dramas to poetry, I wrote my own scripts when I performed. Over time, my friend and I started doing mimicry at numerous orchestras, calling ourselves ‘Brandy and Whisky.’
In my 20s, I got involved with an orchestra where I would perform mimicry regularly. It was around that time that I fell in love with a girl who was a part of my regular audience. I wanted to marry her and for that I knew I would have to earn a more stable income.
My sister had an empty garage near her house which I, at the age of 26, used to set up a screen printing business. But my heart stayed in the arts. I continued making friends in the music industry and spent my spare time in recording studios. I was married to my love by then and we had our first beautiful daughter. With my wife’s encouragement, I turned the garage space into my own recording studio.
I got my first taste of success when I put together 25 songs for a children’s play. It was a big hit and I even got featured in a newspaper for this play.”