Saturday 23 May 2020 3:47 PM UTC
By Balagopal (www.ukmalayalee.com)
LONDON May 27: There wouldn’t have been another Keralite in our history who would have wowed the noted judge of British reality TV shows Simon Cowell, when he asked 10-year-old Souparnika Nair to stop the singing as he was in awe with her singing but didn’t like the song she sang and therefore requested her to sing another song for the audition of Britain’s Got Talent which was telecast on 23rd May 2020 on ITV.
Simon Cowell asked Souparnika to sing The Greatest Showman song so that the judges could hear a different part of her voice. Souparnika from Bury St Edmonds then proceeded to sing Never Enough by Loren Allred, from The Greatest Showman. The mind-boggling performance made the judges shower praises so much that just with this show a new era has dawned for Souparnika who is a budding talent from the Keralite community in the UK.
In response to the song judge David Walliams told her: “That is a mountain of a song, and you conquered it”. Meanwhile, the other judge Alesha Dixon quipped that she couldnt get her head around the fact that she is only 10 years old who is standing up there like a little professional.
Now international musician AR Rahman has tweeted after listening to Souparnika. In his Tweet he said: “Nice to wake up to this “.
In an exclusive interview, this website caught up with Souparnika and her parents to learn more about this 10 year old wonder.
Sourparnika, or as she likes to be called Sou, has been a normal girl who liked to hum songs and rhymes from early age. Soon her parents noticed that she has got the natural interest in music when they found that she was able to sing full length compositions with rhyme and rhythm. It was her primary school teacher at the Reception class in Stockton-on-Tees who spotted her singing interest and was asked if she could sing for the school talent competition which led to her starting music lessons from Dr Robin Harrison from a small town called Yarm in North Yorkshire.
Sou’s father Dr Binu Nair, had to move jobs, and the family therefore moved to Bury St Edmunds and there was a pause in her singing lessons. However, the parents Binu and mother Renjitha Chandran kept her motivated and gave her the opportunity to listen to different genres of music and never forced anything on her to follow. She was let to blossom on her own with her being exposed to all kinds of music. The parents soon realised that Sou needed a guide and they secured her another teacher at Bury St Edmunds.
Serious learning and hard work soon paved way with new avenues opening up for Sou when she was surprised by Michael McIntyre, an English comedian, writer, and television presenter, who arrived in her hometown Bury with a crew from BBC and revealed to her that she will be the youngest ever ‘Unexpected Star’ of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
Sou is grounded and matured for a 10 year old as her replies gives you a hint of being a professional. Just like her exceptional singing talent she is reported by her teachers as an all-rounder, who also excels at ballet, musical theatre and academic studies.
Appearing on Michael McIntyre show and performing at the London Palladium at such an early age is something every artiste would dream off. Sou was lucky and very excited when she realised that world famous singers Ellie Goulding and Andrea Bocelli were also performing on the same day for the Michael McIntyre show at the Palladium, which was very inspiring for her. She summed it up at the end of the conclusion of her performance: “Its a dream come true”.
Sou received enormous numbers of positive responses after the show, which was aired on national TV and receive numerous comments and congratulatory messages from different parts of the country especially from musicians. It was heartening and overwhelming for Sou and her parents.
Within a short span of time Sou has also been able to perform Live on BBC Radio Suffolk, at the Art Eat Festival in Ipswich, at the Bury Christmas Fayre, which is one of the biggest Christmas Fayre in the UK where she has been doing concert on the opening day of the Fayre for the last two years, at the Colchester Rotary Music festival, at the noted musical competition in East Anglia where Sou performed and bagged the ‘Singer of the Year 2019’ title.
Due to Covid, Sou listens and learns lots of music of various genres and also sings on her social media platforms on her Facebook page and YouTube channel, which has over 6,000 subscribers and her videos have attracted more than 2.8 million views. Her other main passion is reading and she has her library at home and she is known for her reading interest at school as equally as her singing.
Sou attends the Sebert Wood Primary School in Bury St Edmunds where she has a very supportive Head Teacher Mr Dewhurst who didn’t miss Sou’s performance at the Michael McIntyre show at the Palladium.
Sou’s parents Binu Nair and Renjitha Chandran are from Kollam district in Kerala and currently reside at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Binu works as a doctor at the Oncology department at Cambridge University Hospital. Binu and Renjitha comes from a background of talented artistes where Binu has given several concerts back home and Renjitha is an accomplished dancer.
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