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The chart hitting lady of Mizoram

Dave Chhakchhuak
May not be her debut album which went up the Asian gospel chart. But it has still been a great success for Liandingpuii a young Mizo artist to be the first from the North East to climb the ladder in the South East Asian chart.

The album “Safe in You” is now third bestseller of gospel albums in the South East Asian Chart. Having sold more than any other local artistes album added together in Mizoram.
Born in Aizawl and spent all her childhood without discovering her talent, and even dreamed of being a Psychiatrist, Dingpuii discovered her talent only at the age of twelve when she was forced to perform in school for the Parents’ day function in 1994.  

Her zeal then never ever stopped. She came out with her debut album in vernacular “Thiamchanna Kraws” came as one of the best seller in Mizoram in 2001 selling way across the forty thousand mark. Her second album again in vernacular “Siamthar Lehna” in 2003 left her first album way behind in sales. Then the boost came when she released her first Christmas Album last year leaving the rest of her album to wee to count in sales.

The Big Boom came this year when the “Omega Music India” which is now in collaboration with Authentic media division of STL, UK and US took over her first English album “Safe in You”.  Analyst says that the album sales is much more than expected, and is keeping on the rise every week. Dingpuii has received many awards including Best Gospel singer in the Mizoram for a couple of years, where singing is a tradition and almost 90 percent of the youth plays guitar.

“Singing might not have been my career if not of the blessing from God and the support of my family” Dingpuii said. “It has been a hard struggle, but now really am happy to see a bright future, and I give all the credit to God” she added.

“We are expecting a child next year by May”, said Frankie, Dingpuii’s husband. “I do not really care about the gender of the child but all I hope is that the baby will follow the mother’s foot steps”, he added. Pointing out their family life, Frankie said, “Although I am a very busy businessman I give all my spare time to my beloved wife and hope with the help of God our family will remain the same, as we are very happy now”. Although married this year, she had not been kept in the house like many other Indian women. She has gone to many places and even as far as United States, not to forget her visit to Myanmar.                                                                                                             (November 2006)  

- Dave Chhakchhuak is based in Aizawl