Did you know Ananya Birla began her career by singing, playing guitar at clubs in United Kingdom?

Updated: 18 July, 2020 03:36 IST | Sunny Rodricks
  • Business tycoon Kumar Mangalam Birla's daughter Ananya Birla turned 26 on Friday. Singer, musician, entrepreneur, founder, and social activist are few of the facets of her illustrious yet colourful career so far. The Birla heiress is a woman with a plethora of talents.

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  • Besides being the founder of Svatantra Microfinance - company that provides microfinance to women in rural India, Ananya Birla is also the chairperson of Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC) and co-chairperson of Assocham's Microfinance Council of India.

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  • The founder of CuroCarte and the co-founder of Mpower, 26-year-old Ananya Birla has received a number of awards for her work, including the ET Panache Trendsetters of 2016 for Young Business Persons.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla oozes confidence as she poses for the lenses.

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  • Ananya Birla is the eldest daughter of Kumar Mangalam Birla and Neerja Birla. She is the sixth generation of the Birla family.

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  • Ananya Birla is known to have a passion for music from an early age. She learned to play santoor at the age of 11. Besides santoor, Ananya Birla also plays guitar, piano, tabla among other instruments.

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  • Ananya Birla studied economics and management at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. While studying at Oxford University, Ananya Birla started her musical career by singing and playing the guitar at pubs and clubs in the UK. She is also an accomplished songwriter and wrote her own music during her stay in the UK.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla is all smiles for the camera as she stuns in a sleeveless shimmery dress.

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  • Ananya Birla hails from a Rajasthani Marwari business family and she is the oldest child of Kumar Mangalam Birla and Neerja Birla. Her younger brother Aryaman Vikram Birla is a professional cricketer.

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  • At the age of 17, Ananya Birla founded Svatantra Microfinance. In 2016, the company had more than 600 employees across 70 branches in four different states in India. In the same year, Ananya Birla internationally released her single 'Livin The Life'.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla shows off her loves for tattoos as she inked 'Meant to be' on the back of her shoulder.

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  • Siger, songwriter, musician, and performer are few of the facets of Ananya Birla's musical career so far. Her single 'I Don't Want to Love' was noticed by Universal Music India and they eventually signed her as a singer.

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  • Did you know? Ananya Birla's first single 'Livin' the Life' was co-written and produced by Jim Beanz and was recorded and produced by a studio in Philadelphia. Her song was later remixed by Dutch DJ Afrojack, thus making Ananya Birla the first Indian artist whose single was released worldwide at the age of 22.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla rocks the casual and no make-up look as she gets caught during a candid moment.

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  • In July 2017, the Birla scion released her next single titled 'Meant to be', which was certified as 'gold' by the Indian Music Industry (IMI). A year later in March 2018, Ananya Birla released a single titled 'Hold On' and in June 2018 she followed it up with another single titled 'Circles'.

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  • In January 2019, Ananya Birla released her single titled 'Better'. It received 4 million YouTube views in just 2 days. In the same year, she released her first extended play (EP) titled Fingerprint.

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  • Besides Svatanra Microfinance, Ananya Birla also founded and became the CEO of CuroCarte, an inventory-based global luxury e-commerce platform.

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  • When Ananya Birla was living in England, she became aware of a student helpline that supported youngsters suffering from anxiety and depression that fuelled her to start another company.

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  • After returning from the United Kingdom, Ananya Birla set up MPower – an initiative that aims at stamping out the stigma towards people with mental illness in India. MPower later became responsible for opening a treatment centre for children suffering from mental health ailments.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla poses for a selfie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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  • The 26-year-old singing sensation loves tattoos too. In June 2018, Ananya tattooed 24 hours on her left hand near her wrist, while in December 2019, she inked a diamond. Besides diamond, Ananya Birla has inked music symbol, her song name Meant To Be, God, and Bulletproof hearts among others to date.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla aces the Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana pose as she shows off her love for yoga.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla caught in a candid moment from her trip to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla shows fans her funny side as she poses with a huge red clown nose with birds resting on her arms and head in Warsaw, Poland.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla shows her goofy side by sharing this funny picture featuring her mom Neerja Birla.

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  • In photo: Ananya Birla looks stunning in a sleeveless sequined dress paired with dewy makeup and minimal accessories.

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About The Gallery

Musician and entrepreneur Ananya Birla is the eldest daughter of Kumar Mangalam Birla and Neerja Birla and the young powerful woman has a lot more to her achievements than just her name. As Ananya Birla celebrated her 26th birthday on Friday, here's everything you should know about this beautiful lady.

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First Published: 17 July, 2019 08:10 IST