Thanks for reposting this topic. I just wanted to share my thoughts on how I became a fan of Nihira, and slowly my admiration for her grew more and more...
When SRGMP Challenge 2005 started, there were so many candidates, it was hard to keep track. In the middle of these auditions, the first time I heard Nihira sing, I was truly amazed. The song was "Chalka chalka re kalash ka paani"… It was such a difficult classical song, and she rendered it with such ease. I had not heard such a talented female voice in Saregamapa for a long time. She had a crystal clear, sweet voice which was a class apart. At that point, she was head and shoulders above everyone else in the competition. I had no doubts in my mind that this girl would win the contest…
From that point on, in every round of the contest, I waited for Nihira's turn. It was almost 4 weeks between songs because there were so many singers. And everytime Nihira came, she got an instant green card and went on the next round. The next song of Nihira that mesmerized me was the haunting "Roz shaam aati thi"… I had never heard it before, and it was just beautiful… one of those melodies that casts a spell over the listener.
Well, the rounds went on and on… Nihira sang a large variety of songs in Agnipariksha… She was always perfect on sur and melody, but some songs I liked better than others. Again, she impressed me a great deal with her outstanding, live rendition of "I love you"… I still don't know how she had the guts to sing the parts of two such diverse singers in a live performance!!! In the entertainment industry, they talk about artists re-inventing themselves… well, Nihira did it that night!!!
Well, I could go on and on about Nihira's singing… but that's not the real reason for my admiration for Nihira. Because I do like a variety of singers that are as different as night and day… (I like Himani, Sunidhi Chauhan, Aditi Paul, Meenal Jain, all singers that sound totally different from Nihira) … But what really made me appreciate Nihira more and more was her personality. The grace, dignity and humility with which she left when she was eliminated. She is so secure in her self, that she doesn't seek attention, nor does she need approval from anyone. She remains constant, in a glamorous world that is constantly changing and expecting people to conform. It takes guts to stick to ones principles and still make it.
In the last few months I've been taking snapshots of Nihira, Hema and Himani for their fan clubs. When I watch Nihira's songs, sometimes frame by frame, I can really appreciate her inner beauty. In some way, I felt like I got to know the "real Nihira". There is nothing fake about her. She is pure and simple, and those qualities come shining through in her radiant smile… or even when she is concentrating on a tune with her eyes closed. Each time, I really try to capture her true essence in every song. She really grew on me… and I'm sure will continue to do so in the future…and in the same way in the hearts of all her fans.
… A picture's worth a thousand words !!!