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Queen of bhajans

Priya Chand
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

IN an era where modern music has taken over, a 16-year-old from Sydney, Australia, has attempted to revive the magic of devotional songs.

Fiji-born Payal Priyanka Ram has been deemed the queen of 'Tambura bhajans' after the launch of her first volume on Radio Sargam under the Procera Music label.

Ram, who is a Year 11 student at Cheltenham Secondary School in Sydney, said she wanted to release her first recording in Fiji because this was where her heart was.

"This is where I was born and I am happy to be releasing my first ever recording here," she said.

The youngster said singing was her passion and she was most delighted to be able to do something with her talent.

"I come from a music background, so my passion is my inspiration," she said.

The teenager will give all the money from her album sales to charity.

"We will give the money for the improvement of the Raralevu Cemetery and also to the Bal Vikas Gurukul in Wainibokasi," she said.