Valentine's Day: Dubai student releases song to spread cheer

Dubai - Shirene Sanjay's song was shot in Dubai and brings her whole family on board.


By Saman Haziq

Published: Sun 14 Feb 2021, 4:26 PM

Last updated: Sun 14 Feb 2021, 4:52 PM

A sixteen-year-old Dubai student has released her third original solo song on the occasion of Valentine’s Day called Lamhe (Moments of love). With the release of the folk fusion song, Indian expatriate Shirene Sanjay now has a total of 60 cover songs and three original compositions on her YouTube channel that has close to 25,000 subscribers.

Known as the nightingale of her community, the teenager, who started her musical journey a few years ago, when she sang at a ceremony in the Dubai Gurudwara, now sings in English, Hindi and Punjabi, her mother tongue.

Her latest single Lamhe, a Hindi song, was shot in Dubai and brings her whole family on board, she told City Times in an interview.

“My song Lamhe is the result of relentless hard work and dedication of my family along with me. While the videography and edits are done by my younger brother, Yuvraj Sanjay, the lyrics are written by my mother, Dr. Imneet Madan, connecting them somewhere to her own life story; along with the guidance of my mentor and coach Sreejith Pillai. It took us around three months of continuous practice, multiple overnight sessions of singing, composing, perfecting the song, balancing school exams and singing sessions to finally get the song out today,” said an excited Shirene.

Talking about why the family chose to release the song on Valentine’s day her mother Dr. Imneet said: “Shirene with her brother, have been raised in grace, with love and gratitude. She connects well with the words as she witnesses the ultimate strength of true love being transformed into power and fearlessness. Especially in these tough times with the pandemic ravaging the world, this song aims to focus on the importance of these precious moments of life and love that is all around stands for the essence of each moment of being alive...and loving and living it to the fullest.”

Adding to this Shirene, a student of Delhi Private School Dubai, said: “Valentine’s Day, we felt was the perfect occasion to release Lamhe because it stands for ‘moments of love’. Love that is all around us, in every face, in any form, at any time. It emphasises that we are never alone at any point during this beautiful journey of our life.”

The science stream Grade 12 student’s previous original Hindi compositions, Chalte Chalte and Noor e khuda gained more than million views and she says she “aspires to take her gift of voice to reach out to billions of people.

A topper, with scores above 90 per cent in academics, Shirene said: "I usually study all night long to be able to afford the time out from studies to do the recordings, practice and videos. But I am blessed to have all the support of my brother, Yuvraj, and my mother and music teachers, who devoted their weekends to my recording schedules.”

Calling music her life, Shirene said: “My target is to keep learning, producing and creating the best music ever in all the coming years. To me, it’s not a task, it’s like breathing, as it has opened many blockages in my life. From being an introvert, it has helped boost my confidence to be able to reach out to people.”

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