The UK millionaire who wants to be a Bollywood singer

Jasbir Wouhra, a millionaire businessman, in the United Kingdom, the dreams of a different kind of success he wants to be a Bollywood singer.

“I love the music,” said 66-year-old, Mr Wouhra. “I also play the accordion and the harmonium. And I sing a number of ragas [classical Indian compositions].”

Mr Wouhra and his four bothers moved to the UK in 1968 and in 1972, they set up East End Foods.

At the time, it was a small company that sold legumes and rice to the Indians living in the united KINGDOM. Now, this is one of the country’s largest Asian food companies and employs approximately 400 people. In 2013, it had a turnover of £180 million ($243m).

Throughout, Mr Wouhra kept her passion for singing alive. “I recorded on a Saturday or a Sunday, when I had a little bit of time,” he told the BBC.

“I’ve written dozens of songs. I’ve now released six albums and I make my own single.”

Mr Wouhra said he started singing when he was a four-year-old boy in Delhi. “My mother used to sing,” he recalled.

The brothers had initially planned to return to India once they have earned enough money. But after their business became such a success, they have continued to live in the united KINGDOM.

But Mr Wouhra has continued to visit India often. He said that he started to become serious about her singing career in 1978, after he appeared on stage with some of the professional musicians. When they complimented his voice, he said, he got the confidence to chase her dream.

He kept the meeting of musicians from India, so that he could train with them and hone his skills as a singer.

Now he has a team in the west of the Indian city of Mumbai, the nerve centre of India’s film and music industry. The team is responsible for the recording of music and production of his albums.
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He still travels to India, where he records or performs with her team, as well as other Indian singers and composers.

It also records at his home in Birmingham, where he built a studio for himself.

“It is admirable that he can manage both his work and his passion,” said his son, Indi Wouhra, who is also a singer. “I’ve certainly had the talent to sing of my father.”

Mr Wouhra also uses social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube to share music videos.

By his estimate, the videos have been viewed by over 50 000 people across the different social platforms.

Mr Wouhra admits that he is able to pursue his dream of singing because he can afford to spend the money, shuttling between India and the united KINGDOM to produce his own music.

“It is difficult if you try to make a name for yourself in this industry.”

Once, he is the headliner of a show that raised funds for a hospital in the northern state of Punjab.

“If you listen to his voice, you will think that this is a young man (who is) the song, his voice never gets old,” said Dr JS Sanghera, who organized the event and has known Mr Wouhra for several years.

“I don’t know how he manages to run a big business and sing in concerts. He really loves his music.”

Later, during the concert, Mr Wouhra burst on to the scene with the energy of a 20-year-old, popular song of Bollywood, covers and songs he had written himself.

So, what is next?

“We should do what god commands him to do,” he said.