Viva (band)

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Viva
Origin India
Genres Pop
Years active 2002–2005 (approx)
Labels Times Music Group
Past members Seema Ramchandani
Pratichee Mohapatra
Neha Bhasin
Mahua Kamat
Anushka Manchanda
This article is about the Indian pop group. For the 1990s UK band who were part of the Romo scene, see Romo.

Viva or Viva! is an Indian pop girl group that formed in 2002, and has disbanded since. The band was composed of the winners of the first season of Indian version of the international television talent show Popstars, named Coke [V] Popstars, after its principal sponsors, Coca-Cola and music channel Channel [V].

The five original members were Seema Ramchandani, Pratichee Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin, Mahua Kamat, and Anushka Manchanda. However, Ramchandani left the group soon after the launch of their first album, VIVA! in 2002, to join the Art of Living Foundation. Ramchandani has released an art of living album which is an amalgamation of prayers from all religions.[1]

They launched their second and last album Viva! - Reloaded in 2003.

Though there has been no official report about the group's split, they have not released an album for 8 years, and the members have all embarked on solo careers.

In 2005, Pratichee Mohapatra released a solo album, titled With Love, Pratichee. The same year, Manchanda joined Channel [V] as a VJ, and has since become a playback singer for Hindi, Tamil language and Telugu language films. Bhasin also turned to playback singing in 2006. Mohapatra turned to acting and worked in the serial Mr. and Mrs. Mishra. Manchanda participated in the reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi.

They have also sung a song from Bollywood film Lakeer 'Rozana' composed by Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman.

Discography[edit]

  • 2002: VIVA!
  • 2003: Viva! - Reloaded

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davidson, Sean (November 26, 2002). "Seema leaves Viva for Art of Living". Times of India. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 

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