Ankur Tewari was once rejected by his school choir

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Signature Start Up Masterclass in Chandigarh had the multi-talented musician and filmmaker Ankur Tewarishare his passion to paycheck journey during a free-spirited chat with the witty host Cyrus Sahukar.


Signature Start Up Masterclass is a celebration of real life success stories and provides a unique platform to passionate individuals who are looking for the right inspiration and guidance, by giving them an opportunity to hear their icons share the story of how they managed to successfully convert their passion into paycheck.

During the session, Ankur shared his story of how he grew up in the small town of Roorkee, and as a kid was rejected by his school choir because of a cracked voice. His father bought him a guitar and he instantly fell in love with the instrument and began practicing regularly with his teacher.

Gradually, he started playing on his own while he pursued a degree in Hotel Management from Bhopal. He often escaped ragging by playing tunes on his guitar for his seniors. He started singing and playing in a hotel near the Bhopal airport which was the first time he got a crowd. During his industrial training in Taj Mansingh Hotel, while doing his daily chores, he realised this life is not for him.

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He went to Mumbai to try his luck at different record labels, but that did not work too well for him. He moved toDelhi, where he got refuge from an acquaintance Colonel Kapoor. During this time, he succeeded in contributing to stage plays, short films, sing radio jingles and score for the TV series ‘Ek Aur Fauji’. This is when his network grew stronger. He co-directed a film ‘Let’s Enjoy’ and moved to Mumbai to edit it, which featured the well-known song ‘Sabse Peeche Hum Khade’. He eventually composed the soundtrack for ‘Aao Wish Karein’ in 2009. At this stage, he was recognized by music label HOM records, which launched his first album Jannat in 2011.

Over the course of time he has been an integral part of the entertainment industry – as an actor in ‘Luck By Chance’, ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, as a script writer for ‘Tere Bin Ladin’, as a music director in Soundtrack, ‘Raat Gayi Baat Gayi’ and ‘Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local’ among others. Presently, he is considered as a multi-faceted star in the Indian film industry.

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To quote the celebrity artist, “We all have ambitions and dreams but not many are inspired enough to pursue them and that is the reason I am very happy to be a part of Signature Start Up Masterclass as it helps me in encouraging people to follow their passion no matter how hard the struggle is.”

The evening witnessed a remarkable turnout at the S Cafe, comprising of youngsters looking for inspiration to turn their passion into paycheck. Following the interactive session, the audience was entertained by Ankur and the Ghalat Family’s live performance.

About Signature Start Up

SignatureStartUp.inMy Mark, My Signature is an online platform launched by United Spirits Limited – A Diageo Group Company to inspire talented individuals to convert their passion to a paycheck. It houses a series of ‘Signature Start Up’ stories of real life individuals who are driven by their dreams, passion, and commitment and have made their mark in various fields. The platform also extends on-ground & on digital platforms through Signature Start Up Masterclass events – a series of which will be conducted across the country and released online as webisodes with the passionate successful individuals who will share their inspirational ‘passion to paycheck’ stories amidst people with similar dreams and aspirations. – PRNewswire

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