Telugu Indian Idol winner BVK Vagdevi dreams of making a name for himself in the music industry
The Nellore-based architecture student talks about her dream coming true and hopes to make her mark in the music industry
The Nellore-based architecture student talks about her dream of breaking into the music industry
The Telugu Indian Idol on the Aha streaming platform has finally found its winner. Nellore-based BVK Vagdevi won the title with a three-song medley: “Andam Hindolam…” ( Supreme)‘Vaanochenante…’ ( Tagore) and ‘Aatakavala…’ ( Annayya) in the final round.
Vagdevi receives the trophy from actor Chiranjeevi | Photo credit: special arrangement
Amidst all the excitement and congratulatory messages, Vagdevi looks back on this 15-week musical journey and gushed, “It’s a dream come true! It is also a motivation to continue on the musical path.
The camaraderie between the competitors was palpable. “The competition was healthy and we all wanted each other to sing perfectly. I wasn’t a big fan of songs like ‘Ravayya muddala mama’ or ‘Enno ratrulu vastaayi kaani’, but when it was sung by Renu Anna (Renu Kumar), Lalasa R and Aditi Bhavaraju, their voices made me fall in love with these numbers. Our priority was to bring the audience closer to the songs.
A final-year architecture student at Sri Sri University in Cuttack, Odisha, Vagdevi, 20, comes from a musically inclined family that nurtured her talent and love for music. She considers her sister BVK Vaishnavi as the main reason why she is in the music business. “My sister used to learn music from Guru Balarka at home and when I was four years old I too used to hum the swaras. This interest convinced my mother to make me learn with my sister.
BVK Vagdevi | Photo credit: special arrangement
The duo have been learning music for over a decade now. Called ‘Vaiva sisters’ in Nellore, they have graduated in classical music and are currently learning Manodharma sangeetam.
The sisters have been together in all musical projects including Indian Idol where Vyshanvie was among the top 18 contestants. Vagdevi was doing her internship at Signs Architects & Interiors during the Indian Idol phase. With the company’s support, she was able to enter the competition even though she was working from home.
The singer reconciles studies and music. “Our teachers encourage us in the arts,” she says, citing the example of structural engineering professor RK Raja who starts the semester with songs by Vagdevi and his friend Vinum Kaushal.
with the trophy | Photo credit: special arrangement
“I am proud to call myself an old soul, an 80 year old living in a 20 year old body, says this lover of old Telugu film songs. like celebrating the melody The number ‘Sandhya ragapu sarigamalu toli kaliyakulu…’ by Ilayaraja in Indrudu Chandrudu has different rhythms with BGM jazz (background) and is so futuristic.
With a mantra to do “The Next Right Thing”, Vagdevi hopes to pursue a professional career in the music industry and continue singing Carnatic music with her sister.