To Arijit Singh,

Dear Arijit Singh,

I was not a big fan of music in my early childhood. All my cousins, elder to me, used to discuss new songs for hours and I would just sit there nodding my head, my mind somewhere else. 

Then, ‘Raabta’ happened!

 I was 15 and my hormones were raging for some change. I just couldn’t get my mind out of your voice or the song for that matter. Our cable used to have 7 music channels those days and I used to constantly switch between all of them so that I could hear you all day. I did not anticipate the sharp turn my life was about to take.

Sawali Si Raat and Duaa were two songs that I loved too, but never noticed your voice behind them. 

Enter 2013 and Aashiqui 2. Tum Hi Ho might have given you truckloads of accolades, but for me, Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi stood out. Your voice, your passion, Jeet Da’s music was just exceptional. After that album, I knew who my favourite singer was going to be. 

Kabira, Illahi, Har Kisi Ko, Tose Naina, ahh! With each new song, I fell deeper in love. Then there was Laal Ishq. I don’t know if it was your voice, Bhansali’s music or Siddharth-Garima’s writing, my love reached higher levels. This time, not just with music or your voice, but with words too. Laal Ishq changed the way I looked at songs. It was not just music anymore. The lyrics in each song matter more. It was instrumental in developing my love for words.

There have been so many songs after that. Main Dhoondne Ko, Muskurane, Ashq Na Ho, Gulon Mein Rang Bhare, Chal Wahan Jate Hai, Hamari Adhuri Kahani, Saware, Aayat, Channa Mereya, and so many more. Each one was better than the previous. I can’t even list all the songs here. Every time a new trailer launches, my first instinct is to look out for your song in the movie. It should come as no surprise then, that all of my top 5 favourite songs are decorated by your voice.

From hating music to spending 8+ hours each day listening to it, I have come a long way. And you, Arijit, have been a major companion on this path. Not a single day goes by when I don’t listen to at least one of your songs. Let there be light.

A fan.

Kreator: Pratik Lohiya
Image: Unsplash