*translated from Hindi*
"I came to Pune in 2014 at the age of 22 from my small town in Uttar Pradesh to work as a carpenter. One day on my way to work I saw Muziclub's board from the road. Since childhood I loved music, it touches my heart and I always desired to do something in music. I decided to check it out. I met Muneem sir and Shruti mam at Muziclub. They asked me about my background and I told them what I did for a living.
Back home, I have a younger brother and my mom who is not keeping well. I am the only one who supports the family. I did not have enough money for the fees. But Shruti mam asked me to start with vocals classes and gave me huge discount with flexible payment. I was really grateful for this learning opportunity and even though I did not know anything at all about music, I always received encouragement at Muziclub from everyone.
I sang terrible at my first Sunday Jam. But no one laughed at me, instead I got valuable advice.
I stared rehearsing regularly. I used to wake up at 6am, practice from 7am to 9am while making food and then go to work. After returning from work I used to practice at night from 9pm to 11pm.
My colleagues at workplace used to laugh at me for wasting time and money to learn music. They said 'you don't have money to eat, why are you wasting it on music?'. They used to cut or delay my salary telling me that music was affecting my performance. But I never thought about "Log Kya Kahenge" and continued my riyaaz 4 hours everyday without fail.
I did it because I liked it. Slowly my performance began to improve.
I performed at Muziclub's 5th annual day at Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Auditorium in 2015 and got my first award. I also joined guitar classes at Muziclub. In 2016 I performed at Hard Rock Cafe.
Now it's been 2 and a half years since I joined Muziclub. From September 1st I will be joining Muziclub as a staff member at the Pimple Saudagar Branch. I couldn't be happier working around musicians and music. My ambition is to achieve something in the field of music. "Kuch Karke dikhana hai". I will never stop living music."
– Anil Kumar