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I was born on 7th July 1973 in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh. In a way, music is inherited. My father Mehr Singh Kher used to get pujas done in the village and used to sing bhajans in temples. Born in a Brahmin family, I have been watching Yagya, Havan and worship lessons since childhood. My father used to sing bhajan kirtan in temples.
I learned music from him in my childhood. I had no idea what a film song used to be in those days because I had never heard a film song. Stayed in Gurukul in childhood. From the very beginning I grew up in a spiritual environment. Studied through correspondence. Sangeet Bharati was also a student of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya but I believe that music is something which no institute can teach you. Music comes from birth, you just need to know how to nurture it.
blessings of saints
A family friend Manjit Singh lived in Delhi. He had export and import business. Started his business with him, which caused a lot of loss. In those days I also went into depression. Tired of life, wanted to commit suicide. After getting out of all this somehow, he also went to Singapore and Thailand to earn money.
If he did not feel like it, he returned even in six months. This time went straight to Rishikesh. Here the company of saints and saints settled. There was a lot of singing going on. It would be a big deal to speak my mouth, but the biggest saint used to jump after listening to my song. Everyone blessed that one day my star will definitely rise. If someone praises your work, there is no better encouragement in the world than this. It was only with this enthusiasm that I moved to Mumbai.
Mumbai’s first blow
This is exactly 20 years ago. From Rishikesh, I had left here with the address of a Sanyas Ashram located in Vile Parle. A Mahamandaleshwar Swami from Rishikesh had given this address, so I was in full confidence that if I got a place to set foot in Mumbai, then everything would happen. Coming here and meeting Mahamandaleshwar Swami Vishweshwar Anand, he brought my dreams to the ground of reality.
Said, there will be no arrangement to stay here. Now finding a place to live in Mumbai is no less a struggle. That too when you don’t have much money in your pocket. Started living in a cheap lodge at Rs 50 per day. You can understand what Rs 50 means in the days of struggle, that too 20 years ago.
Ram gave his first break with the grace of Ram
Mumbai is a Mayanagari. Also because no one gets anything here without hard work and if you do not give up hard work, success is sure to come. I also worked hard day and night here. Visited a lot of sound studios. But you will not believe it is a matter of those days when no musician was ready to meet me.
But Lord Ram was pleased and I met musician Ram Sampath. He gave me my first break here to sing an ad song. The first earning was five thousand rupees. That was a huge amount for me. For the first time, the lines of worry on the face reduced a bit. The blessings of the parents started to bear fruit now. After this the line of ad jingles was started.