It will be nine years ago on Saturday (19/9/2006) that I was online listening to my favorite show – Drivetime with Raj Baddhan on Sabras Radio in the UK, when he introduced a young man named Navin Kundra and his first radio interview with him. We listened as Navin explained his love of music from a very early age, and how it had brought him to learn to play the keyboard and then progress to singing. He embraced his talents, took every opportunity that offered a platform for singing and dancing.
In time it paid off as he went on to win the BBC Asian Network’s Unsung competition. From there, he was chosen to represent the entire UK on India’s biggest music show on Zee TV, Sa Re Ga Ma, for their world series, filmed in Dubai (among many other achievements, such as performing on several occasions for the royal family, and singing on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing – see his wikipedia page).
The highlight of the interview was when Navin sang his debut song, which he wrote and composed called Tukde, Tukde (Pieces). I didn’t understand the lyrics but it wasn’t necessary to be able to feel the raw emotions behind this heart-breaking love song. It absolutely blew me away, and I knew right there and then I had to interview him for Bollyvista, the Indian entertainment website I was writing for at the time, and located him on MySpace. That was just the beginning of the journey.
In the years since, I have met Navin twice at concerts, in Canada no less, interviewed him countless times, and have been continually blown away by the beautiful music he creates, the talent he exudes, and the dedication to his art. He always gives it everything he has and pushes himself beyond the limits, so that he can as he says, “touch the lives of his listeners”; which he has certainly done!
Most of his music can be found here, including his 6 #1 smash hits, but if you want to hear his unreleased music, read pages from his diary, be part of the exclusive video chats, and much, much more, you’ll have to join his VIPs on his official website or an unforgettable, exciting, and really fun experience.
Navin has been interviewed many times by t.v. and radio presenters around the world, including several on Sabras, but Saturday, exactly nine years to the date, Sabras Radio is celebrating 20 years on air with a big bash, and Navin is their host! Talk about coming full circle! Well done U!!!
And what a journey it has been!! With that thought – Happy 20th Anniversary to Sabras Radio and Happy 9th Anniversary to Navin!
PS Thank you Raj Baddhan and Sabras Radio for being the ones to introduce us to Navin and his beautiful music! Still listening to the interview all these years later, thanks to a sweet recording!