Striking a Chord: Maithili Thakur’s Melodic Triumph Against All Odds
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Striking a Chord: Maithili Thakur’s Melodic Triumph Against All Odds

Striking a Chord: Maithili Thakur's Melodic Triumph Against All Odds

Striking a Chord: Maithili Thakur's Melodic Triumph Against All Odds

Maithili Thakur is an Indian classical playback singer, songwriter, and musician who has captivated millions of people worldwide with her melodious voice. She is the epitome of sheer determination and courage, and despite facing many rejections in singing, it did not deter her from pursuing her goals. She rose to prominence after her appearance on the reality show Rising Star India. Since then, Maithili has been climbing the ladder of fame and has bagged multiple awards for her performances. 

She was awarded as the Cultural Ambassador of The Year at the National Creators Awards 2024 by PM Narendra Modi. Her elegance and commitment to Indian heritage have left her fans captivated by her soulful voice. The singer has shaken the music industry and has many hit songs and albums up her sleeves.

 

The Melody Behind the Tumultuous Journey to Fame

  • Born on July 25, 2000, in a small town called Benipatti in the Madhubani district of Bihar, Maithili Thakur was introduced to the world of music at a tender age when she used to listen to her grandfather, Pandit Biharilal Thakur, an accomplished musician, sing kirtans, bhajans and ashtakams.
  • She hails from a family with a rich musical heritage, like her grandfather; her father, Ramesh Thakur, is a musician, too. 
  • Ramesh Thakur shifted from Bihar to Delhi in 1995 and used to work as a music teacher in Delhi to make ends meet.
  • Since a young age, Maithili has shown remarkable musical talent. She began her classical music training under the guidance of her grandfather and then her father, honing her skills in various vocal styles and ragas.
  • She appeared in various reality show auditions, such as Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs and Indian Idol Junior. Despite facing failure six times, she did not give up on her dreams and worked hard to pursue her passion for classical music. 
  • She participated in the i-genius Young Singing Stars competition, where she gained confidence in her skills after competing with talented singers from across the country.
  • She was invited to the Rising Stars singing competition in 2017, where she gained popularity after securing a position as a runner-up.
  • After coming into the limelight, she decided to dedicate her time to singing Bhojpuri songs for YouTube and also got active on social media to interact with her newfound fanbase.
  • She started uploading videos of traditional folk songs in many regional languages, such as Maithili, Magahi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, and Kesariya Balam, on her YouTube channel, which garnered attention from various audiences.

 

Awards and Recognition: Fruits of Dedication and Soothing Voice 

Maithili Thakur’s achievements as an artist have cemented her position as a talented singer and one of the most promising ambassadors of Indian classical music.

 

  • She was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award in 2019 and the Mithila Ratna Award.
  • In 2019, she and her brothers were selected by the Election Commission as brand ambassadors for the Madhubani district, showcasing her cultural influence.
  • She was also appreciated by the renowned folk singer Malini Awasthi for her contribution to Indian folk music. 
  • Legendary singer Shankar Mahadevan also appreciated her work, which is yet another testament to her talent.
  • She was also invited to the TEDx Talk in August 2020, which promptly indicates Maithili’s influence extends beyond music.
  • She was awarded the Cultural Ambassador of the Year Award for the year 2024 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the inaugural National Creators Award

 

Inspiring Generations with Tradition

Maithili Thakur’s goal of promoting Bihar’s rich folk music tradition profoundly resonates with her own life. As an artist, we hope that her artistic presence goes beyond the stage and that she is able to reignite a love for India’s soulful melodies in a younger generation. Through her captivating performances and collaborations with modern artists, may she continue breathing new life into age-old songs. Maithili is a bridge between the past and present, ensuring that Bihar’s folk music continues to resonate with audiences across the borders of life. Her story is completed with salutes to her father and family members, who continued to support her passion for music and helped her become an inspiration to many.

 

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