The Times Of India is organising an 8-day Times Hyderabad Festival from 7th to 15th June, at different venues across the city. The festival will feature Indian classical music concerts by Dr. M Bala Muralikrishna, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, food festivals, qawwali-fashion fusion by Munnawar Masoom and Tarun Tahiliani, a rock concert by Parikrama, and music carnivals by Aryans and Shibani Kashyap.
Sunidhi Chauhan will be performing on the inaugural day, at the RRC grounds. Chauhan started her singing career at an early age of 4. She became famous through the various competitions she participated in, but her national fame came through the music show Meri Aawaz Suno, in which she won the Lata Mangeshkar Trophy for the best female singer of India.
Her first singing break in a Hindi film was Shastra. This was followed by Gang, Veergati, Dahek, Bade Dilwala, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, Shyam Benegal's Samar, and the Vidhu Vinod Chopra film Mission Kashmir. Dhoom Machale in Dhoom won the 2005 Filmfare and Zee Cine Awards.
She had no formal training before she entered various national singing competitions. Lata Mangeshkar offered to train her after she won on Meri Aawaz Suno. She also won the Filmfare R D Burman Award for New Music Talent in 2000, the R D Burman award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2001, and the Star Screen Award for Best Female Playback for the song Sajna Ve Sajna (for Chameli) in 2004.
Entry to the concert is by free invitations, available at The Times Of India office on Road No. 2, Banjara Hills. Please contact 6527-7755 for invitations and further details.