Business might run in her blood, but Svatantra founder Ananya Birla has another passion which keeps her going. The daughter of Billionnaire K.M.Birla is a passionate guitarist, a singer and a composer and what’s more, she has an R&B single coming up this year! “The next big thing is definitely going to be the release of my music single which is going to happen this year. It is going to be on iTunes soon,” says Birla in a conversation with Shaili Chopra SheThePeople.TV.

Ananya took up strumming the guitar while during her stint at Oxford University where she studied economics and management for her undergraduate degree programme. “I found my passions for start-ups and music over there. I used to go around gigging in Brixton and other places. What Oxford taught me was of course education is important but also life lessons. So how to live independently, how to think independently and how you view your life.”

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Talking about her favourite guitars, of course she picks acoustic over electric any day. Acoustic “hits the soul,” she insists. She has grown up listening to acoustic, and so that is what she likes to play. Music and microfinance are two things she is passionate about and so managing time and striking a balance are on top of her to-do list. “In London, I used to just play my own songs on the guitar but now with everything coming together, it’s a little hectic so I have prioritized things and one of them is my upcoming music release.”

education is important but also life lessons. So how to live independently, how to think independently and how you view your life

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Music was never micro in her life. She’s been exposed to different instruments including the Santoor since the age of seven. She has also dabbled in writing and composing music during her college days.