ARRived Top 4 contestant Pooja Tiwari wins prestigious scholarship from Berklee College of Music

Pooja Tiwari (Photo: Twitter)
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BOSTON–ARRived contestant and Qyuki creator Pooja Tiwari has received a coveted scholarship at the Berkelee College of Music in Boston. She was one of the Top 4 in India’s first YouTube Original ARRived.

Her enigmatic performance has been loved by audiences and judges alike, and has always driven her to the top of the charts.

Originally from Lucknow, Pooja started her singing career early on by participating in multiple singing competitions. Her singing took her to the top of the list along with other contestants Sarthak Rathod, Amrita Talukder and Swagat Rathod. The winner Swagat Rathod sang in Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s movie ‘Zero’ and Pooja went on to receive scholarships from the Berkelee India Exchange Program and the KM Music Conservatory.

Commenting on the success of Pooja, Qyuki Media MD & Co-Founder Samir Bangara said, “ARRived has been a fantastic path-breaking experience for us as we partnered with YouTube to re-invent the music reality show format. The audience appreciation is overwhelming and available for all to see on each of the 14 episodes as the show reached its finale. In addition to Swagat’s break as a playback artist in a mainstream film we have also presented each of the 4 finalists with a one year scholarship at AR Rahman’s  KM Music Conservatory in Chennai and a special 5 week program at the Berklee School of Music, Boston, USA for the winner of the ARRived leaderboard, Pooja Tiwari”.

Speaking on receiving this amazing opportunity, Pooja Tiwari said, “I’m grateful to all the  judges along with Team Qyuki and YouTube for giving me this opportunity to travel to Berklee and fulfill my dream. The show really helped me to grow as a singer and thanks to all the judges who gave us valuable feedback and shaped my career”

ARRived marked the launch of a unique reality show on YouTube. A Qyuki concept, the first season had music legend AR Rahman, popular Bollywood playback singer Shaan,  composer/producer Clinton Cerejo and YouTube sensation Vidya Iyer, popularly known by her online monicker Vidya Vox were the jury of the show. It is the first ever YouTube Original in India and was spread across 14 episode including a live performance, where the winners was declared.

The vocalists’ journey on YouTube ARRived started in November last year, showcasing each singer’s odyssey as they progressed from garage styled audition rounds to a 30-member-orchestra studio performance, thereby becoming India’s new vocal heartthrobs.

Qyuki is a multi platform media network across digital, live, TV and film founded by AR Rahman, Samir Bangara and Shekhar Kapur. The Company uses proprietary technology and analytics to discover and promote digital super stars and manages the end to end value chain for them across traditional and new media platforms. They have launched several premium IPs like ARRived a singing talent hunt show, Jammin’ in second edition- celebrating music, where legendary Bollywood composers and India’s top internet youth icons collaborate to create original tracks. Fronted by legendary composer and maestro AR Rahman, Bollywood biggies such as Salim Sulaiman, Clinton Cerejo, Ranjit Barot team up with digital stars Darshan, Gajendra, Ritu Agarwal Shraddha Sharma, and others. Recently they also launched NEXA Music with India’s leading automaker Maruti.

In the ranking by YouTube India, Qyuki had two of the top 3 fastest growing channels in the country while on Facebook, its’ managed talent FunkYou grew over 1000x to 6 MILLION fans in one year.  Qyuki prides itself in being a creator focused company with Gajendra Verma, Darshan Raval, FunkYou, Shraddha Sharma, Motorbeam, and AutoCar India being some of the largest digital brands managed by Qyuki. The Company’s Agency business has also executed some of the largest branded content projects with clients like Coca-Cola, Olx, VW, Mercedes-Benz, Colgate, Moneycontrol amongst others.


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