“Ever since I was a toddler, I have been fascinated by sounds!
My father, who was a huge music buff himself, discovered this and introduced me to the world of percussion. He gifted me my first keyboard when I was four and also got me to perform in front of legends like M S Viswanathan sir. It was this initial push that instilled in me, a lifelong love for music. Throughout my schooling years, I religiously practised the keyboard every day, exploring new sounds and rhythms, especially the ones of A R Rahman. He was my musical god!
With time, I slowly realized that music was my calling. However, hailing from a middle-class background, I feared that my parents would want me to settle into a safer, more conventional profession with guaranteed returns, over a dynamic industry that is predominantly male-dominated. So I did not disclose my interest to them and went on to pursue engineering. I even took up a full-time position, post my graduation and started working with the conviction that I’ll like it eventually.
But despite all my best efforts at work, I was unhappy. Anxiety got the better of me until I finally decided to take the step! I mustered up the courage to seek my parent’s approval to join an audio engineering programme from a renowned music school in the city. To my absolute surprise, my parents were extremely supportive. They reassured me that this was the right age to follow my passion and said that even in a worst-case scenario, I have them and my education to back me up.
Today, I am very happy with all the decisions I took, for it clearly showed me the path I was cut out for. I am enrolled now in a course that thoroughly excites me and I look forward to working with my musical idol, A R Rahman, one day!”
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