Blind Nightingale Soars With the Help of Social Media

Tumpa Kumari and her soulful voice were an Internet sensation last month. Singer Hariharan has now become her mentor

Published: 26th August 2015 04:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th August 2015 04:44 AM   |  A+A-

QUEEN'S ROAD: A video featuring Tumpa Kumari  singing the popular Hindi song, ‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu,’ went viral last month and lakhs of people watched and heard this  mellifluous rendition in wonder. In a true tribute to the power of social media in today’s times, people who appreciated her talent, relentlessly forwarded the video on WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and every other medium available.

Hariharan.jpgThe video also reached singer Hariharan who immediately saw the talent behind the voice and the orphan girl was located in a blind school in Ranchi. Hari offered her his tutelage and personal training to help her in making a career as a singer.

“I am really excited with Tumpa’s talent and her voice quality,” says Hariharan and adds, “Music has given me everything. It has made me what I am. I believe I would be able to give back something if I can make Tumpa reach the heights that she deserves. I want to train her and help her in realising her true potential. She will be a powerhouse.”

Tumpa.jpgWhile Hari will do the training, Wonderchef, one of India’s leading kitchenware brands, will financially support Tumpa’s training as well as her grooming and preparation for a career in music. Wonderchef will also organise Tumpa’s stay in Mumbai and facilitate her regular classes in a school and also look at the possibility of providing employment to Tumpa’s sister when she moves to Mumbai. 

Tumpa Kumari was orphaned at birth and she has struggled through life with the help of an elder sister, who has striven hard to keep her talent alive. She is now looking forward to a bright future. 


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