MY STUDENT DAYS : 'I rented a room before exams to study'
Says contemporary Telugu playback singer Deepu alias M Pradeep Kumar who is best remembered for his blockbuster songs in 'Magadheera' and 'Eega' 'I...
Says contemporary Telugu playback singer Deepu alias M Pradeep Kumar who is best remembered for his blockbuster songs in 'Magadheera' and 'Eega'
"I was born and brought up in Hyderabad and I did my schooling in Mani Jeremiah High School in Sanjeev Reddy Nagar and my intermediate in Gowtham Junior College. My most memorable days are my engineering days in DVR college of Engineering where I graduated in Information Technology.
I've always been a calm and composed boy who was always inclined to music from my childhood. Music has been my passion from my childhood. My voice and passion for music are the two gifts given by God and I am grateful to him for his gifts. I was a front bencher in school days, but an average student and obedient student. In my engineering days, I was a back bencher.
I learnt music from my childhood. I went to Gnana Saraswathi Public School to train in music and later I went to Little Musicians Academy where my guru Rama Chary groomed my singing skills. I learnt Classical music from Vyzarsu Bala Subramanium. Rama Chary and Bala Subramanium were not just my music teachers, but they are my role models, inspiration and source of motivation. I spent most of my time learning music and actively participated in many singing competitions.
My most memorable moment was in Class X. My tuition teacher was ultra friendly and very lenient in his own ways. He took us all for a movie in the night the day before my Mathematics board examination. I thought it was rveally thrilling. My teachers made me sing during leisure hours in school. I was their favourite student and was therefore pampered too. There were no great moments in my intermediate days as I studied in a corporate college where they used make us study for hours together without any activity.
The naughty side of me came to the fore in my engineering days. I was part of a naughty gang which played pranks on classmates and lecturers too. Thanks to my singing prowess, I had a huge fan following among girls and I was a celeb in the campus. It was quite natural for me and my gang to bunk classes and go to dhabas, movies and malls with my friends and cram my lessons during exams. When I was in my final year, I rented a room along with my friend Shashank so that we could focus on our academics and clear all backlogs. And yes, I came out with flying colours thus making me believe that hard work does pay.
Another poignant moment in college was the whole class joining our seniors when they took part in a dharna against the negligence at Gandhi Hospital which cost his life. I felt proud that we all students came together to fight for justice. That moment I felt that youth can change anything, if they have the fire in them.
(As told to Purnima Sriram)