Aniya Vibes, a talented 12-year-old Indian American singer-songwriter hailing from Assam, and currently based in California, has released her latest track, ‘Aao Na Yahaan’.
This young artiste seamlessly blends her American and Indian influences, creating a vibrant tapestry of youthful hope and joy. Sung in Hindi, the song serves as a poignant reflection of Aniya’s own experiences, navigating the challenges and joys of teenage life.
It is composed by Aniya and Sibabrata Sharma, with lyrics by Sushant Sudhakaran.
Aniya spoke to the The News Mill recently.
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About ‘Aao Na Yahaan’:
The inspiration for ‘Aao Na Yahaan’ revolves around the struggles teenagers face, whether parental, social, or emotional. I wanted to create a space where they can escape the hassles and anxieties, a place that encapsulates the essence of hope and joy.
Something about her parents… when did they shift to the US?
My parents, originally are from Assam, India, and they relocated to the US after their marriage, and are based in California. Despite living abroad, they have always maintained a strong connection to our Assamese culture and our Indian roots. Growing up participating in various cultural programmes and festivals, music has always been an integral part, influenced by my musically oriented family.
Grateful for my parents’ unwavering support, especially my papa, who plays multiple roles like recordist, sound engineer, and videographer in my journey to pursue my dreams and passion.
Where does she learn music?
Formally, I started taking piano lessons when I was 5 years old which enhanced my understanding of musical notes and techniques. Then I started learning Hindustani classical and at about the same time, which I am still continuing to learn from Sangeeta Tai. I also started doing stage programmes at various cultural festivals.
Subsequently, I delved into learning the ukulele, which ultimately sparked my interest in experimenting with the guitar. The skills acquired from these instruments played a pivotal role in composing my first original song in English ‘Rockstar Rule’ which was finally released when I was 9 years old. From that point onward, there was no turning back.
During quarantine, I started making a few cover songs and then in the last 2 years, I released 2 Assamese originals and then released my first Hindi original ‘Aao Na Yahan’.
Currently, I am working on an Assamese song which is going to be released very soon.
Anyone she admires in the world of music?
My biggest musical influencer is my Khura (uncle), Sibabrata Sharma, who is a part of the music industry and I am fortunate to have him as someone with whom I can share my ideas. Together, we collaborate to compose and create music.
I truly admire legends like Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Asha Bhosle ji, Jayanta Hazarika, whom I like to listen to and sing their evergreen songs. We have a studio in Guwahati, Chikmik Studio where I have met many renowned artistes like Zubeen Garg, Bornila Kalita and Joi Barua who have also inspired me to learn about different kinds of music.
I also admire a few indie artistes like Papon, Dominic Fike, The Local Train, Beabadoobe, Prateek Kuhad, Anumita Nadesan and Bishrut Saikia among others. I like them because they have simple meaningful lyrics with beautiful tunes.