Ranjini Interview
Listen back to Vertex FM & Vertex Magazine phone interview all the way from New York with Ranjini aka Indian Princess.
Ranjini aka Indian Princess, or simply known as Ranjini, is an Indian-American recording artist and songwriter. Ranjini, a native of Richmond, Virginia, first started singing at the age of five. She was classically trained in the Indian school of music by her mother, Uma Ettigi. Dancing came to her almost as early as singing did.
Ranjini was named after the indian raga “Ranjini” (Raga in indian msuic is the meldoic mood od a song)
Since she was six, she has been trained in an Indian dance art form known as Bharatanatyam. She’s no stranger to the stage, having performed in Canada, India, and throughout the United States. But she didn’t just want to stick to the Indian arts.

On her own, Ranjini learned how to play the piano by ear until her parents decided to formally seek out a piano teacher. Ever since, the piano has been Ranjini’s primary instrument. She also plays an Indian stringed instrument called the veena (an ancestor of the sitar).
Growing up, listening to artists like Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, and Whitney Houston, among others, she naturally gravitated towards pop/R&B in developing her own vocal style.
Dealing with the pressures from Indian society to follow a more practical career path, this girl decided to follow her heart, her love for music. Defying all odds, she fell under the mentorship of Quincy Patrick, CEO of Qwilite Entertainment who has taken her artistry to a whole new level.
At the pivotal age of nineteen, she decided to put her college career at NYU on hold to whole-heartedly pursue her dream as a recording artist. After honing her craft as a singer, songwriter, and performer, Ranjini’s sweet, sultry voice combined with that authentic Indian flair.
Ranjini rose to fame as a solo artist in 2007 predominantly in the UK with her releases “Music Box” and “This Guy”. Ranjini released a remix of “Don’t Matter” feat. Akon and “Instant Message” was played on Music Choice Radio the summer of 2007.
In 2009, after the death of Michael Jackson, Ranjini and label-mate J-Remedy recorded a tribute song called 6/25, written and produced by Quincy Patrick. The song was added as one of the songs on the official Michael Jackson tribute album, “The Beat of Our Hearts” released worldwide in October 2010. In Nov. 2010, “A QwiLite Christmas” was released which is a compilation CD of Ranjini, J-Remedy, and Ben Moody. “Red, Green, & Gold”, written and performed by Ranjini, is one of the cuts off that record.
Following the success of these singles, she released her remake of “Silly”, followed by her latest single “Greedy” in the US. Her newest single “I Belong To U” was officially released February 2013. Ranjini continues to perform throughout the US, Canada, and India. Ranjini writes or co-writes much of her own music with Patrick. Her signature sound is a blend of mainstream pop and subtle Indian nuances.

Dreamality, Inc.
Dreamality, Inc. is a NJ-based non-profit organisation formed to help children in underprivileged communities develop their talents in the performing arts by aiding them with music education and opportunities needed to help realise their potential.
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