"Give Yourself Sometime"- Supreeta

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Music had always been a part of my life since my early days. I grew up listening to classical music every morning since the time I was 4 years old.I formally started my training under Smt. Hema Prasad when I was 5 years old, and then went on to learn from Shri Prasanna Korthi and Shri Vinayak Hegde.

Initially, as a kid I never actually enjoyed this whole process of going to music classes or the routine practices. It took my parents a lot of effort to keep me going to music classes and pursue it further. But, I must say, music has been the best gift my parents ever gave me!

Eventually, as I started to learn and sing more, I began to enjoy music. I started to understand the intricacies of Classical music, the way it emotes a lot of things in just a few words or in just a tune always fascinated me.

With days passing by, I started to perform in various places, though initially with a lot of persuasion from my parents. Gradually I started to perform at various stages, including reality shows on Popular channels like Indian Idol junior, and SaReGaMaPa on Zee Kannada, in which I was one of the few top contestants, made me gain a lot of interest towards music.

Over the years I realized that singing and listening to music is what truly makes me happy and that's what I would want to do for the rest of my life!

2. When did you first decide you wanted to pursue music and how did you start?

Though initially music was something I never thought I would want to pursue, gradually with a greater understanding of the intricacies of this beautiful art, I took it more seriously. Music can heal a lot of things, can emote a lot of feelings beautifully and yet in an extremely simple way,

With a lot of young budding artists coming to this field of music, inspired me to pursue it too.
Since my high school days, I have always been inclined towards Hindustani Classical music, under the guidance of my gurus. From then on there has been constant learning.

3. Is formal training required or one can train oneself based on talent?

I personally believe that formal training is required.
In this world of internet, we have everything available at our fingertips, from which we indeed can learn a lot of things. 

But the deeper knowledge, the essence and the intricacies of such a vast artform such as Hindustani classical music, or any other form for that matter, can come from formal training, under the guidance of a guru or a teacher. 

When we are formally trained in artforms like these, it has a greater impact in the audience and we can have a better understanding of this artform, is what I believe in.

4. What are the various opportunities available for an aspiring musician?

As we all know, social media these days is the best platform for anyone to showcase their talent. It's easily accessible and is available to everyone. That is the best opportunity we have right now.

Apart from that, there are a lot of musicians conducting workshops, competitions, concerts which can be good opportunities for youngsters like us. Various organizations encourage young talents to come up and perform which can be great opportunities.

5. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring artists?

Practice. That's the only advice we've all received and I also would want to say the same thing. There is nothing like less practice at all, the more you practice, the deeper you understand, the more you enjoy it!

Also, never be disheartened. In this age where everything is a rat race, where it's all just competition, give yourself sometime. Don't try to be better than people. Try to be better than what you were the previous day, and that will take us a long way!

6. Who is your favorite artist and why?

I've had a lot of artists I truly admire, but Vid. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande ji has always been my favourite. Her voice, her way of expressing joys and sorrows through music, and her beautiful smile whenever she performs has always inspired me.

She is a perfect example of how one can manage academics and yet build a career in an art field, as she holds a master's degree in microbiology and a doctorate in Biochemistry and yet is a world known musician. She's has been my inspiration for many young people like me, who would want to pursue music.

- Supreeta , Musician

- Interviewed by Khushi Badrinath

- Edited by Shilpy Sharan

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