Rising Star


She’s been passionate about singing since a very young age – three years to be precise! This passion seems unchanged through the years for today, the 22-yearold musician has been richly contributing to the film and music scene in India. She may be the daughter of composer Loy Mendonsa of India’s renowned Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, but Alyssa has certainly made her own distinctive mark. “I’ve grown up surrounded by music, but that wasn’t the only reason for being a part of it. It was just the love and wonder of singing as a child, for no particular reason at all, that has made me a part of a much larger plan,” says Alyssa. Her melodic vocals in films such as Karthik Calling Karthik, Housefull, Break ke Baad, Patiala House and Zindagi na Milegi Dobara cannot be forgotten. The pretty songstress has an inclination for Western music and keeps herself busy by composing songs. At the moment, Alyssa has immersed herself in working on her performance skills and exercising her composition skills at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) in Chennai. “My experience at SAM is still an ongoing one. It is an ever learning and amazing experience of self-discovery every single day,” says Alyssa.

A band/ artist you love: At the moment, its a trio called Dirty Loops.
Favourite albums: Bad, Thriller, The Cycle of Love
In-bag essentials: A Notebook and pen.
Ideal holiday spot: Any place which has a forest over looking an ocean.
A memorable moment in your career: I cherish every moment of my career so far.
A passion you can’t do without: Singing
Favourite cuisine: Nothing in particular.
You can’t seem to get anough of: Life. I love the lessons that life teaches me.
Your favourite song: Stranger in Moscow by Michael Jackson
Your favourite movie: Thumbelina
Perfect date: Just being with the person I love is more than perfect.
Mountain or beach person: I actually like both!
Favourite fragrance: I don’t really have a favourite fragrance, as such.
Hobbies: Singing and composing
Your source of inspiration: Life and people
Your philosophy: Beauty lies in simplicity.

Volume 1 Issue 11


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