A mundane Government job in
A wife and a son to support…
The arc lights of Bombay seemed
a lifetime away for Trilok Singh
Loomba and his family. However,
this was also the time when
his musical composition on the
theme of freedom had won him
the prestigious National Award.
It was perhaps all the encouragement
he required to move to Bombay,
in the hope to convert the momentum
garnered with the win of the
National Award into a successful
career in music. The decision
to move to Bombay was a calculated
risk for Trilok, his wife Veera
and their son Rishabh. For years
to come, Trilok Singh Loomba
straddled two diverse worlds
– that of a government
officer by day and music composer
Soon the family added a fourth
member … a baby girl they
decided to name Raageshwari.
Her birth was reflective of
the transition the family had
undergone and yet she also symbolised
the growing presence of music
in their lives. Her name, meaning
‘queen of ragas’
was a clear indication of what
destiny had in store for her.
‘Ragz’ as she is
popularly known today, is a
nickname that she was given
while working with Sunil Sahjwani
and his team behind the scenes
of ‘BPL Oye’.
years were spent in the humble
environs of middle-class Bombay.
Her parents worked overtime
in order to make ends meet,
but never stopped short of providing
the best for their children.
Their days would often begin
at 5 am as they finished their
daily household chores before
heading to work, only to return
late in the evening.
The time that the four of them
spent together was quality time
in the true sense of the term.
Rishabh and Raageshwari grew
up in a household that came
alive when their parents returned
home from work. Their evenings
were filled with fun, laughter,
friendly banter and above all,
MUSIC. Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar,
Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Shankar-Jaikishen
and others who inspired their
father, in return formed the
musical influences that Raageshwari
grew up with.
While her father formed the
major source of creative influences
in Raageshwari’s life,
her mother Veera on the other
hand, became what she describes
in retrospect as the “invisible
force” in her life, providing
a sense of solidarity at home.
It came as no surprise when
Raageshwari, an extrovert, took
to the performing arts early
on in life. Her love for the
microphone grew so intense,
that if she ever saw one anywhere
- be it an office, a school
function, or even her father’s
presentation at work- she would
cry till she got to sing “Come,
come rain, come again”
on the microphone and entertain
those around her.