Anaida or Anaida Parvaneh is an Indian performer, director, producer, and playback singer.[1] She is now a chef and healer.

Anaida at 12th Mumbai Film Festival

BackgroundEdit

A Parsee/Zoroastrian of Indian-Greek-Iranian heritage,[2][3] she was one of India's first pop singers, in the 1990s. She has launched 10 albums and a score of singles, in Hindi, English, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi, Greek, and Arabic since then.

She has acted in Hindi movies and guest appearances in numerous television shows. She had worked in 1995 movie Tum Karo Vaada.[4][5]

HistoryEdit

  • At 15, she entered the Indian music scene with her hit single "Hotline" which also happened to be the first Indian single to be released.
  • Her first album Love today hai nahi asaan was the highest selling debut album of its time (The song "Dil le le" fetched her a nomination[by whom?] for best female vocalist.
  • Her English single "Fever" was released soon after.
  • The same year saw her lending her voice to sing the song "DIVA", the title track for the Diva awards, India's first ever music awards. She opened the show with a live performance of Diva and later followed it by a performance of "fever".
  • She also represented the Hindi pop music on the first ever "Ford super model of the year" held in India.
  • She had worked in 1993 Bollywood movie Tum Karo Vaada, which was a disaster at the box office, after which she concentrated on her music.
  • That was followed by her super hit album Nazuk nazuk, released in 1996, featuring the track "Oova Oova". The song got her a nomination for best female vocalist for the second time as well as one for viewers choice award.[6]
  • The second video "Hoo Halla Hoo" from the same album was the first fully animated 3D video ever produced in India. It took over six months to complete and was scripted by Anaida herself. It won a number of awards including "Hope 96" for best animation.
  • For the first time ever, Walt Disney decided to produce a version of one of their popular tracks in another language. It was the song "Hakuna Matata" from their animation movie The Lion King in Hindi. They chose Anaida to sing the song along with Baba Sehgal. The video, another first of its kind in India, went on to become one of the few numbers popular with kids and adults alike. Anaida shot for the video despite a very high fever, a bad case of conjunctivitis and an injured foot. She sported dark glasses during the video to cover her swollen eyes.
  • 1996 also saw Anaida teaming up with Syrian singer/songwriter "Shukri" for an Arabic album O Malu Malu, the first original Arabic album produced in India. The video of the title track was co-directed by Anaida herself, also using her talent as a choreographer for an Arabic style of dancing. The song, though in Arabic, is one of the most frequent requests at her concerts around India. This was the first original Arabic album by a Hindi pop artist.
  • She also was the first to release a pop song to celebrate India's 50 years of independence. The song was originally titled "Vande Mataram" but was later changed to "Hum Sab Ek Hai". The video featured film actors like Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan along with Kumar Gaurav and Atul Agnihotri.
  • In 1997, Stefanos Korkolis" invited Anaida to visit Greece to sing a duet for his forthcoming album. The song, titled "ANAIDA", sung in Greek and Hindi, was Stefanos' dedication to the Anaida. The video, shot in Greece, was very popular and Anaida charmed the Greek audience with her live performance on Greece's most popular television show, Bravo.
  • Following her successful alternative English single "Quest" came her pop/folk album Chori Chori, based on Indian folk music. The track "Oonchi, Neechi (Zara dhire chaloji)" took the fans and critics by surprise, so different from the trend at the time and what she herself has done before.
  • "Kaachi Kali", the second video from the album Chori Chori, sees her teams up with prominent choreographer Saroj Khan once again, for her last Hindi album produced by herself.
  • 2000 also saw her lending her voice to the sound track of Dev Benegal's English film "Split Wide Open" for a nostalgic version of the old disco hit "Black is black".
  • Her album Greatest hits of Anaida was released in 2000 and included many of her popular numbers as well as two new tracks, "Piya Bina" and "Anaida", the Greek/Hindi number she sang with Stefanos Korkolis, supported by a video shot in Greece.

CareerEdit

  • She was the first female Hindi pop artist to be featured on "Buddha bar" with her song "Good day to die" sung in English.[7]
  • Her last Hindi album Nayaa was completed with inputs from various talents from around the world. She held her first art exhibition show casting her work of the last two decades years: Persian miniature and calligraphy carvings on leather featuring Rumi and Omar Khayyam poetry and abstract inks on paper in February 2011 at AIFACS (All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society).
  • With more than a dozen videos to her credit and highly popular on the live circuit, she has performed all around the world in different languages.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anaida Parvaneh is the jack and master of all trades". Telangana Today. 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Discovering Iranian cuisine in Delhi with a 1990s Indipop star". dailyo.in. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Anaida Biography, Anaida Bio". connect.in.com. 3 September 2009. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Return of the diva". 12 August 2006 – via www.thehindu.com.
  5. ^ "Brand new day". 11 November 2006 – via www.thehindu.com.
  6. ^ "Anaida - Oova Ova".
  7. ^ "Only '90s Kids Will Recognise This Pop Star, Now A Chef In Mumbai!". Mid Day. 2 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Food for thought: Singer, chef and healer Anaida Parvaneh on her relationship with food". Times of India. 3 July 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Profile, timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 15 January 2010.
  • Profile, epaper.timesofindia.com; accessed 7 March 2018.
  • Profile, rediff.com; accessed 7 March 2018.

External linksEdit