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Reshni’s Journey To Fulfilling Her Dreams

  Fijian-born Reshmi Kumar has fulfilled her life time dream of releasing her first Bollywood album with composer Nikhil Kamath. Ms Kumar has been living in Australia for 19 years
19 Feb 2016 10:30
Reshni’s  Journey To Fulfilling Her Dreams
Reshmi Kumar, released her first bollywood album.

 

Fijian-born Reshmi Kumar has fulfilled her life time dream of releasing her first Bollywood album with composer Nikhil Kamath.

Ms Kumar has been living in Australia for 19 years with her husband, Victor Kumar, and daughters, Archana and Amishi Kumar.

She was born and raised in Sawani, Nausori, by her parents with two brothers and one sister. She was the second eldest in the family. Her father, the late Shiu Kumar Mangal, was a Bhajan singer and had acquired many trophies for his talent.

She attended Dilkusha Girls School for her primary education and moved to Adi Cakabau School for secondary education. She studied at the Fiji School of Medicine and completed her three-year Diploma in Diagnostic Imaging and obtained a job at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital as a radiographer.

She married Victor Kumar in July 1996 and moved to settle in Australia in February 1997 to build a family together. She was fortunate to have found a job when they arrived in Australia and moved towards the first step of building a future for their family.

“We had come from Fiji with only $4500 and were lucky enough to get employment straight away.  We started saving for the deposit and bought our first home the following year,” Mrs Kumar said.

The self-made multimillionaire family got to where they are today through investing in properties starting with their first business in 2001 called Right Group. They now have offices in Sydney and Brisbane.

When she went to India in 2005, she met the famous music composer Nikhil Kamath who liked her voice and offered to make her album. She postponed the offer and put her family first.

After her two daughters started attending school, Ms Kumar got in contact with Nikhil Kamath in 2013 regarding the music album and she planned to do in July 2014. However she had to hold off again because it might have disrupted her children’s school life.

“I went to India in January 2015 and finally recorded the album. It was interesting to see that I went back to India on the same day exactly 10 years later and it was as if time had stopped for 10 years and we just continued from there upon returning,” Ms Kumar said.

The album is now done and in the market for people to listen to.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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