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Saturday, January 9, 1999

This above all

regional vignettes



On path to super success

By Dharam Pal

TABORA (Tanzania, East Africa)-born ‘Dhola ...." girl Bina Mistry is one of the popular pop singers of today. The beautiful, talented young singer has opted for a passion that she had nurtured since her childhood.

Why would anyone give up a plum job as a manager in Merchant Bank? The answer is music. It was her passion for music that prompted Bina Mistry to chuck her job as a banker and pursue her love for music. While studying in London, she used to sing film songs at community events and functions. Slowly as the Asian population there grew, so did the demand.

Komal RizviShe had teamed up with Bali Brahmbhatt for a number of years and their album "Cha party" was one of the first remixes to come into the market.

It was during her short stay in Bangalore that Bina Mistry got hooked on to Hindi movies and their lilting melodies. Having moved to London, she found it difficult to find friends in school who could play Antakshari with her. After having qualified as an ACIS, she joined Price Waterhouse and later moved on to Merchant Banking.

But her love for music had never died and she soon quit her job and did what her heart wanted her to do, which was to sing.

Bina Mistry got her first break as a Radio DJ and later she shifted to television, both as a producer as well as a VJ. Soon, she was involved in the production of many music shows.

Bina Mistry’s first album Hot Hot Hot was a runaway hit. With this hit, she was labelled the Hot Hot girl. Then came Dhola from the album A Reason to smile, which was a big hit.

The video for the same track received critical acclaim from the media. With two hit albums to her credit, Bina Mistry’s first Hindi pop album Lollipop, released by Magnasound, is doing good business. ‘Lollipop’, produced in London by the India Beat Corporation and with lyrics by Bina, Preet Nihal and Gulshan- ul Amin, promises to be yet another feather in Bina’s hat.

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The Dubai-born vivacious and talented BPL Oye girl, shows her versatility as a new pop singer with the peppy bhangra number ‘Bauji Bauji...’ from her first album Komal. The album is dedicated to her parents and brothers.

From singing to acting and hosting TV shows, Komal Rizvi has excelled at all. Currently she is hosting BPL Oye, a popular countdown show in Channel V.

Komal belongs to a well-travelled business family. Her grandparents are from Lucknow. After doing her graduation, she studied architecture for two years before choosing music, her passion and first love, as her career. She has also completed a diploma in acting from England.

Komal Rizvi developed a passion for music, listening to her mother who is a trained classical singer. Her first single Parbat was highly appreciated. Komal has also played lead roles in several TV serials. She received the PTV’s ‘Best new comer award’ for serial Hawaayain in 1995. She has also hosted several TV shows, besides acting in serials. She also won the prestigious Nigar Award for the best actress on small screen this year.

Having studied in Nigeria and London, Komal Rizvi has been exposed to various cultures from across the world and her music draws inspiration from different styles of music.

With over hundred live shows to her credit, Komal drives the crowd to frenzy by her spontaneous and high voltage performance on stage.

A girl with a lot of drive and initiative, Komal’s ambition in life is to make a mark on the international music scene. However, she realises that in order to make her dream come true, she has to prove her worth in the Asian market first.

Bubbly and fun- loving, Komal has a lot of talent packed in her. Her new album Komal shows her versatility as a singer who can sing ballads, Punjabi folk and pop numbers.back


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