On a musical ride – The New Indian Express

Express press service

HYDERABAD: Sonu Nigam’s tremendous repertoire of multi-genre songs is the result of more than three decades of effortless, melodious singing, not only for the Hindi film music industry, but also for other regional languages ​​like Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and others. His deep love for the stage and his passion for music is what sets him apart and when he decided to be the main patron of the online music education platform Artium Academy, we got involved. in contact for a one-on-one.

Tell us about your collaboration with Artium Academy.

It’s the kind of collaboration that makes me complete a circle in life that I could never begin. Sounds strange, right? But it is the fact. I never got to train with anyone when I was a kid. I trained at the age of 18, for a few months under Ustad Mohd Tahir in 1991 just before leaving Delhi, just for basic theoretical knowledge. And then for a year under the great Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb in 1997 at age 24. I always had the regret of not having access to the Indian classic at the right and mature age. So, being the main patron of Artium is like a catharsis for me.

How did you create the course?

We have experts in the academy who have organized the program according to subject and art form. Like Anant Vaidyanath for voice, Raju Singh for guitar, Chithra for popular music and southern movies, Aruna Sairam for carnatic, Shubha Mudgal for classical Hindustani, Louiz Banks for keyboard, Aneesh Pradhan for tabla and Gino Banks for the drums.

What challenges have you faced?

Every new beginning has its challenges. First decide to dedicate yourself to a business with a cause and an intention like this, get the right team together, build the fund, build the program, market the idea, then the biggest responsibility is to maintain it and eventually evolve. I honestly haven’t done much compared to what the founding team and all the key members of my Artium team have done in their capacity.

What is the importance of the dynamics of the guru-shishya to progress in music?

The idea of ​​guru-shishya, according to my humble understanding during this little journey on this planet, is not only limited to music, but it is the main purpose of life. To see each, as a teacher, teach us what the Universe wants to convey to you, and humbly surrender to this learning. I am sure that when we die we will realize that everyone who has visited us in our lifetime, every lover, every antagonist in our life, every boss, every employee, wife, husband, children, friend; people who gave us happiness and people who made us feel helpless; were our teachers in disguise and are to be thanked.

You have also participated in many reality TV shows on singing, what is your main lesson as a mentor?

These are great platforms for singers to showcase their talent and skills, thereby boosting their confidence.

You’ve been in the music industry for decades. What do you think is your greatest learning?

Stay grounded, love and appreciate everyone around us, learn from your juniors in particular, stay strong in times of hostility and upset and most importantly go with the flow and never try too hard for results specific. What has to happen will eventually happen, whether you like it or not.

Going back to your early days, is there anything you would like to change about the music?

I certainly would have wanted to get some classical Indian music training myself, especially when I was more clayey as a kid.

Is it true that anyone can become a singer now?

With the help of software, you can definitely have decent sound.

Is there a song you would like to sing differently?

Many… Maybe all of them.

What are the avenues to come?

The recent release was of the film Laal Singh Chaddha starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Besides independent music like Rangrezwa and Yaad. I have some great songs coming up. As for the film based on Sam Manekshaw by Meghna Gulzar, then Ishq Vishq Pyaar Vyaar 2. Also, on the devotional front a Hanuman Chalisa, Ave Maria and Mahamrityunjay Mantra. Lots of traditional folk music in our series called Sounds of Roots is coming…and dozens of Kannada, Bengali, Marathi songs among many others.

HYDERABAD: Sonu Nigam’s tremendous repertoire of multi-genre songs is the result of more than three decades of effortless, melodious singing, not only for the Hindi film music industry, but also for other regional languages ​​like Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and others. His deep love for the stage and his passion for music is what sets him apart and when he decided to be the main patron of the online music education platform Artium Academy, we got involved. in contact for a one-on-one. Tell us about your collaboration with Artium Academy. It’s the kind of collaboration that makes me complete a circle in life that I could never begin. Sounds strange, right? But it is the fact. I never got to train with anyone when I was a kid. I trained at the age of 18, for a few months under Ustad Mohd Tahir in 1991 just before leaving Delhi, just for basic theoretical knowledge. And then for a year under the great Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Saheb in 1997 at age 24. I always had the regret of not having access to the Indian classic at the right and mature age. So, being the main patron of Artium is like a catharsis for me. How did you create the course? We have experts in the academy who have organized the program according to subject and art form. Like Anant Vaidyanath for voice, Raju Singh for guitar, Chithra for popular music and southern movies, Aruna Sairam for carnatic, Shubha Mudgal for classical Hindustani, Louiz Banks for keyboard, Aneesh Pradhan for tabla and Gino Banks for the drums. What challenges have you faced? Every new beginning has its challenges. First decide to dedicate yourself to a business with a cause and an intention like this, get the right team together, build the fund, build the program, market the idea, then the biggest responsibility is to maintain it and eventually evolve. I honestly haven’t done much compared to what the founding team and all the key members of my Artium team have done in their capacity. What is the importance of the dynamics of the guru-shishya to progress in music? The idea of ​​guru-shishya, according to my humble understanding during this little journey on this planet, is not only limited to music, but it is the main purpose of life. To see each, as a teacher, teach us what the Universe wants to convey to you, and humbly surrender to this learning. I am sure that when we die we will realize that everyone who has visited us in our lifetime, every lover, every antagonist in our life, every boss, every employee, wife, husband, children, friend; people who gave us happiness and people who made us feel helpless; were our teachers in disguise and are to be thanked. You have also participated in many reality TV shows on singing, what is your main lesson as a mentor? These are great platforms for singers to showcase their talent and skills, thereby boosting their confidence. You’ve been in the music business for decades. What do you think is your greatest learning? Stay grounded, love and appreciate everyone around us, learn from your juniors in particular, stay strong in times of hostility and upset and most importantly go with the flow and never try too hard for results specific. What has to happen will eventually happen, whether you like it or not. Going back to your early days, is there anything you would like to change about the music? I certainly would have wanted to get some classical Indian music training myself, especially when I was more clayey as a kid. Is it true that anyone can become a singer now? With the help of software, you can definitely have decent sound. Is there a song you would like to sing differently? Many… Maybe all of them. What are the avenues to come? The recent release was of the film Laal Singh Chaddha starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Besides independent music like Rangrezwa and Yaad. I have some great songs coming up. As for the film based on Sam Manekshaw by Meghna Gulzar, then Ishq Vishq Pyaar Vyaar 2. Also, on the devotional front a Hanuman Chalisa, Ave Maria and Mahamrityunjay Mantra. Lots of traditional folk music in our series called Sounds of Roots is coming…and dozens of Kannada, Bengali, Marathi songs among many others.

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