Popular social media platforms like YouTube have given wings to a large number of people to showcase their hidden talent and also provided the world with their daily dose of entertainment. Once such example is of City based 33- year-old Neha Kaur, who has been showcasing her singing talent on the social media platform for the past two years now.
Kaur started her musical journey at the age of 12 and has her own YouTube channel for over two years by the name of ‘Neha Kaur’ with a fan following of about 9,300 subscribers. The singer released a song based on Jharkhand on its 19th Foundation Day titled ‘Jharkhand- Apni Pehchan- Apni Udaan’ which is an original and has received around 1,70,000 views.
The music for the song has been composed by Mumbai based The Records House, while Sajal Kumar is the lyricist and Prakash Soni is the producer. The creative director for the same is Kaur’s husband Shadab Hassan.
“The idea to make a song on Jharkhand had been brewing in my mind for some time. I had been working on it for the past few months and finally got the perfect occasion to release it on the 19th Foundation Day,” said the ecstatic Kaur.
Some of the popular covers done by Kaur include Teri Mitti, Naino se Bandhi and Nachdi Phiran while the other originals are Meri Maa released on Mother’s Day and Aisi Yaari Kari which was released on friendship’s day.
The idea to create her own YouTube channel struck Kaur at a family function. “It was at a wedding in February 2017 when we were looking for a song for the pre- wedding shoot. My husband randomly suggested creating our own song for the couple and since then I have been at it. The proposal was good and coincidently a friend- Parvez Rahman Ali had already written a song and was looking for a female singer,” recalled Kaur.
An assistant professor in the MBA Department at Ranchi Women’s College, Kaur has her hands full with a four- year old toddler and her profession but still manages to find time for her passion.
“It’s tough to balance family, profession and passion and I keep juggling between the three. I try and give my son as much time as possible and at times rehearse my songs on my way to and from work or after I put him off to sleep. My husband and I prioritize each other’s work and share the household responsibility. It is with his support that I am able to do so much at the same time,” added the singer.
Born and brought up in Ranchi, Kaur who is a resident of Main Road did her schooling from Bishop Westcott Girls’ School and later DPS, Ranchi. She has an MBA degree from BIT Mesra and is also a PhD from Ranchi University. Her parents Tajinder Singh and Gurucharan Kaur are both entrepreneurs.
“I have always seen my parents pushing themselves, ready to walk that extra mile with a smile on their faces. My mother wanted to learn singing but never got the permission. She is both my biggest supporter and also my biggest critique. Whenever I record a song, she is the first one to hear it. I feel she is living her dream through me,” she said.
Kaur’s husband Shadab Hassan who is the Director of HH High School, Brambe is proud of his wife’s achievements. “With the profession that Neha is in, it is amazing how she balances it all. She makes sure to do her bit of homework everyday- reading research papers and preparing for the next day’s lecture. Along with that it is beautiful to see her finally pursuing her passion. Everytime she sings a song, somehow it makes me feel extremely special,” said the beaming husband.