Globally celebrated artist and singer, Raveena Mehta, was born in Antwerp, Belgium and brought up in the heart of Mumbai. However, her love for the City Beautiful continues to be undeterred ever since she visited Chandigarh Tricity for a holiday with her family.
Ever since then, Tricity has been a sought-after destination for this young artist who has made it big in the global arena for her musical acumen and talent.
So, Tricity Scoop caught up with her to know more about her musical journey and how living in diverse cultural environments helped her shape perspective and further nurture her talent.
Walk us through your journey as a leading singer and songwriter.
I was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium from the years 1997-2008, after which my family and I relocated to Mumbai, India, which is where my musical journey took off.
Ever since I can remember, I have always been immersed in the arts and music and my work has been informed by my South Asian and Western upbringing and exposure, which in turn has led me to be critically aware of my cultural identity and roots.
I began singing when I was 7 years old, with an Indian classical vocal coach in Antwerp, Belgium. After I relocated to Mumbai, I continued with my vocal coach and was subsequently presented with the opportunity to record my first ever album, this was at age 11. This album was titled ‘From Deep Within’. This opportunity changed the course of my life and made music one of the most definitive and constant components.
Music and art have informed me about life and people in more ways than I can express. Being able to pursue my passion as a living is possibly one of the greatest gratitude’s.
What encouraged you to venture into this industry? How has your experience been so far?
My mum has been my greatest motivator. She encouraged me from the beginning to set my aims high and focus on building a memorable and rewarding journey in music. She has been my manager since I was 12 years old. It has been an incredible experience so far; I am grateful for all the experiences and truly looking forward to everything that is yet to come.
What has been your success mantra and your source of inspiration for all this while.
My success mantra is ‘focus on the journey, build a rewarding process’, ‘always remain a student of life’ and ‘you are the sum of your closest people; so, choose wisely. I think focusing on the journey and being consistent is a really important thing in order to witness any kind of success. My source of inspiration is really my experiences and the people I meet. I absolutely love meeting people and am constantly looking to learn.
Tell us more about your roots in India and your connection to Chandigarh Tricity? What are some of your go-to places here?
While I was born and raised between Antwerp, Belgium and Mumbai, my ancestry and roots are from Gujarat. My connection to Chandigarh is rooted in our history and culture. I have always loved visiting family friends in Chandigarh and some of my most fond memories with my family in Chandigarh. I loved staying at the Oberoi Sukhvillas in Chandigarh when I came for holiday. Such a beautiful, vibrant city!
What are some of your upcoming projects?
I am really looking forward to releasing the next couple of songs in the pipeline. My next release is called Tujhse Milne Ki Aas. This will be my first playback song, in the Ruskin Bond, Falling in Love anthology which is being created into a web series. And next month I am all set to release a tropical song for the summer!
One final message for our readers.
Firstly, thank you so much for all the love you have showered on Tere Liye and my journey so far. I am so grateful for the support and listening, there is so much more music to come, and I hope that you all stay tuned! Sending you all my love!
You can check out Raveena’s songs at https://youtube.com/user/RaveenaMusic and you can reach out to her at https://instagram.com/raveenamehtaofficial?igshid=NDBlY2NjN2I=.