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Aarya Ambekar
Birth name Aarya Samir Ambekar
Born June 16, 1994 (1994-06-16) (age 15)
Origin Pune, Maharashtra, India
Genres Indian classical music
Occupations Student
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2008 onwards
Notable instruments
Tambora

Aarya Ambekar (Marathi: आर्या आंबेकर, born June 16, 1994) was a participant of Marathi Idea SA RE GA MA PA aired on Zee Marathi channel during July 2008-February 2009.

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Background

Aarya was born in Nagpur to parents Samir Ambekar, a doctor and Shruti Ambekar, a vocalist who teaches her classical music.

Career

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Idea Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs

In 2008, Aarya auditioned for the Idea Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs competitive music reality show organized by the Zee Marathi television channel. She was one of final 50 who were selected from amongst several thousand children aged between 8 and 14. She also reached the Final 5. During the show, Aarya was popularly referred to as the 'Pretty Young Girl'. Aarya displayed her versatile vocal talent by singing a wide variety of songs in the competition. She created the record of receiving full marks from the judges for many a times. Aarya created a record when she got वरचा नी (equivalent to 200 %), for her beautifully sung "Paan Khao Saiyyan Hamaro", which remains unbroken in all the 7 Schedules of SA RE GA MA PA and even after a schedule of SA RE GA MA PA for Professional Singers. Renowned singer Hariharan was the celebrity Judge for that episode. Aarya was also awarded performer of the week in numerous episodes by eminient singing personalities. Aarya has won wide appreciation for her voice quality and her singing capabilities. Aarya sings a wide variety of songs viz. Pure Classical Songs, Natyageet, Bhavgeet, Bhaktigeet, Marathi Chitrapat Sangeet, Folk Songs, Lavani, Hindi Songs etc. with equal ease. She performs every Genere with sheer talent which makes every performance of hers a treat for the listeners. A particularly memorable song was Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo which she sang in the episode that paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the Mumbai terror attacks. The emotion stuffed rendition of the song brought tears to the eyes of the viewers of that episode. She also performed the same song at Shivaji Park, Dadar in a program organized by Mumbai Police to pay tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives fighting the terrorists in 26/11 Mumbai attack. The song was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar after the 1962 India-China War. The song had brought tears to the eyes of all the listeners and most notably the then Prime minister of India - Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

During the course of the program, Aarya was also awarded the Manik Varma Scholarship. She is the youngest singer to win the prestigious scholarship.

Some of the memorable songs she rendered in the competition include:

  • "Tribute Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon"
  • "Tribute Vande Mataram"
  • "Tribute Sainik Ho Tumchya Sathi"
  • "Mala Mhantyat Punyachi Maina"
  • "Cham Cham Karta Hai Ye"
  • "Aho Sajana"
  • "Yuwatimana Darun Ran"
  • "Dil Cheez Kya Hai"
  • "Suniyoji"
  • "Kutha Tumhi Gela Vhata"
  • "Paan Khaye Saiyya"
  • "Yeu Kashi Priya"
  • "Naka Todu Pavna Jara Thamba"
  • "Gagan Sadan Tejomaya"
  • "Samaichya Shubhrakalya"
  • "Tya Chittachoratyala"
  • "Jaain Vicharit Raanphula"
  • "Sakhi Ga Murli Mohan"
  • "Uii Sajan Ala"
  • "Yamunajali Khelu Khel"
  • "Avagha Rang"
  • "Anamvira"
  • "Saranar Kadhi Ran"
  • "Ye Ga Ye Ga Vithabai"
  • "Ghayal Mi Harini"
  • "Ya Chimanyanno"
  • "Naravar Krishnasaman"

Public Appearances

Few grand events where Aarya has performed her art –

  • ‘Vasantotsav’ – Musical concert arranged in Pune every year by Rahul Deshpande in memory of his legendary grandfather Pandit Vasantrao Deshpande. 2008.[1]
  • ‘Shrimant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Music Festival’ April 2009.[2]
  • ’Little Champs’ Live Shows in many cities like Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Aurangabad, Goa, Ratnagiri, Thane, Nagpur etc. and at international venues like Dubai. These are runaway popular shows arranged by Zee Marathi where Aarya performs with four other Little Champs Mugdha Vaishampayan, Prathamesh Laghate, Rohit Raut and Kartiki Gaikwad in a perfect sync. This group is known as ‘Panch-Ratna’ (पंचरत्न).[3]
  • As a celebrity guest in 'SaReGaMa - Punha Nave, Swapna Swaranche'season 7. October 2009
  • Live performance in the devotional programe arranged in the pesence of Bhagvan Shri Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Ashram at village Hadshi, near Pune. October 2009
  • Live performance in the special programe arranged on the occasion of Birthday of Bhagvan Shri Sathya Sai Baba in Sai Ashram at Puttaparthi. November 2009
  • Live performance in 'Swar Asha' program arranged to felicitate Asha Bhosale in Pune in March 2010. Aarya sang duets with Sudesh Bhosale in this program. The program was aired on Mi Marathi Channel.

Awards and recognition

Acclaim by Idols

Aarya's tremendous depth, outstanding voice quality and sincere grinding labour taken for improving her singing, won her many acclaims from eminent personalities in Music Industry. People who praised Aarya's harmonial journey include Kishori Amonkar, Lata Mangeshkar,Shrinivas Khale,Shruti Sadolikar, Pandit Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande, Shridhar Phadake, Suresh Wadkar, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Hariharan (singer), Vijay Ghate, Asha Khadilkar so on so forth.

Albums

  • PanchaRatna vol. 1,2,3 (Marathi: पंचरत्न भाग 1,2,3) on Universal Music[5]
  • Garjati Sahyadriche Kade (Marathi: गर्जती सह्याद्रीचे कडे) on Universal Music[6]
  • Jai Hari Vitthal(Marathi: जय हरी विठ्ठल)

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