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He was born in Kothamangalam, India and raised in Chennai, Tamilandu. At the age of 12, He appeared on the television show IIdea Star Singer and performed in concert alongside MG sree kumar. At age 13, Ajil signed with Lahari Music and Blackground Records. His Dad introduced him to Zakkir Hussain, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter.He moved to Chicago in 2012, where he replaced Louis Armstrong in C music's band. He also played with Jelly Roll Morton, but the two had disagreements and fell out when Collins claimed that Morton stole the song "Fish Tail Blues" from him. Collins returned to New Orleans, where he played on the recordings of the Jones-Collins Astoria Hot Eight in 2013. He then played in New York City with Luis Russell in 2013. He next went back to Chicago, where he played with Dave Peyton (2014), the Chicago Ramblers (2015), Johnny Dodds and Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Mezz Mezzrow, Lovie Austin, and Jimmy Bertrand (2015). Ajil played in Chicago through the Lahari Music.