Aanchal Shrivastava an euphonious singer, songwriter and composer is talk of the town who recently sung the song Din Shagna Da for Amazon prime series Four more shots, please. The folk sensation hails from Gwalior Madhya Pradesh and started learning music at the age of two. She was introduced to music by her parents who love music and folk has always been part of her life. “My father had a transferrable job and so he would be posted in several places including Maharashtra, Gwalior, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh so I practically grew up listening to folk and learnt classical vocal wherever we stayed. I have vivid memories of singing hymns around the house and I still remember testing my mother’s patience by belting at the top of my lungs” chuckles Aanchal.
Shrivastava’s Journey is just as fascinating as her driving music career. A lot changed during her growing up days and the change was her voice, the singer who had a very sweet voice as a kid grew up to have husky voice and started facing criticism and crushing comments like ‘fati hui awaz’ ‘khar khar awaz’ from her friends. In 2014 the singer moved to Mumbai from Delhi where she worked as a RJ for ‘My FM’ and also woked for a PR firm. “This is when I was introduced to other forms of folk music and people started appreciating my voice. However PR agency – ‘Value’ would push and promote me towards my passion. As music had been part of my life and I worked up the courage to take a chance on my talent. I began participating in reality shows like India Idol, Fame X but nothing worked positively. This is when my younger brother who is a social media marketer helped me define my voice and platforms and also put things together. If it wasn’t for him, I would have given up much earlier. I would share my voice samples to almost every possible composer in the industry and meet everyone who would revert positively,” recalls Aanchal.
The singer bagged ‘Love Games’ title track her first assignment with music composers Sangeet and Siddharth Haldipur making her dream come true.
In 2018 she gave up her successful corporate career and followed one in music. Even though she is relatively new to the field, she has had astonishing success. In short span of time Aanchal has her own band ‘Yatra with Aanchal’ and has started her own music label ‘TAA’ with an emphasis on bringing new artists in the industry and more content in the ‘Earthy’ style and genre. “We do not care if the artist has zero activity on social media, all that matters are talent. Everything else is secondary,” says the folk singer.
Watch and listen to her hits like ‘ Chamba Kitni Duur ’ a Poignant unplugged version with a fresh feel.
Despite all odds Aanchal Shrivastava has made monumental mark for herself. Her affinity for folk music got her an opportunity to work with coke studio with Pakistan artists for the song ‘Laut aao na’. She tries to sing not just Indian folk music but music across the globe. Her powerful husky voice rips to pieces the ideas that linked music to only one kind of melody.
Aanchal’s enthusiasm to work in different realms of music is never ending. She doesn’t get the concept of taking break from work. “Lost time is never found again so make most of it. And if you truly love what you do, you wouldn’t think of taking a break. My wish is to be able to perform continuously with no stopping” she smiles.
What makes Aanchal Shrivastava distinct is the fact that she can sing as great as a pure folk traditionalist and at the same time make her music accessible and enjoyable to audience who haven’t experienced folk music before. The power in her voice is unmatched that reflects our nations fabric.
Aanchal Shrivastava doesn’t live because of music but instead she lives for music.
Photo/Video credits: Aanchal Srivastava
Written by Raavya Sarda