(Aug 17, 2021) Being born with a silver spoon can signify comfort and security, but wealth can also cast a shadow over freedom and destiny. And this was something that billionaire heiress Ananya Birla was aware of at crucial moments in her life.
This early understanding helped Kumar Mangalam Birla's daughter chart her own journey and not rest on the laurels and fame of her family name.
Birla follows her heart, and this led her to find her true calling: music and entrepreneurship. For someone who is passionate about singing and making a difference in the world, Birla is carving out her own niche as a youth icon. This is the inspiring story of this global India who decided to write her own story.
(The loneliness that led to music) Born to billionaire industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and Neerja Birla, Ananya often found himself at the crossroads of living up to his family name and forging his own identity. With a bodyguard and a curfew, Birla felt claustrophobic trying to fit in with the world's expectations of her. It was her music that rescued her in moments of loneliness and made her feel understood.
His parents, who supported his dreams, often helped ease his dilemma. Even when she was a child, it was music that gave Birla comfort and joy. At age 9, she was already learning Indian classical music and she started playing the santoor as well as having seen her mother play the instrument over the years.
Growing up, she fell in love with the guitar and taught herself to play the device with the assist of YouTube movies. It was then that she also began to learn to compose music. But music remained a hobby for her, until she moved to Oxford University to study Economics and Management.
(The musical journey) It was here that Birla was introduced to the vibrant music scene and concert culture that was a catalyst for turning her passion into a career. She started playing in local pubs and clubs in London and started writing her own music.
This exposure of hers to various musical genres gave her the confidence to make her own music. And that's what she made of it when she released her first single. her living the life of students in the year 2016.
The song's popularity earned it a worldwide release via AM:PM recording after Dutch DJ Afrojack remixed it. This was the beginning of his entry into music.