“Learning Can Never End In Any Art Form”- Hiranmayee S

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I am from Bengaluru. I did my schooling in Sri Kumaran Children's Home and did my PU also from SKCH PU college. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Jain University. I was initiated very early into music by my mother, Smt. Padma Adiga is a Carnatic classical vocalist herself.

My mother used to teach me the basics of Carnatic music. I have also learned light music for a few years under Sri Upasana Mohan. At the age of 6, I sang my first song for his music album. At the age of 9, I started Hindustani classical vocal training under my Guru Ustad Faiyaz Khan and have been learning from him to date.

For the past 4 years, I have also been training under Sri Arshad Ali Khan as a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.

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

Since my mother was a classical vocalist, I was naturally initiated into it and was trying to sing and imitate her from a very small age. So she sent me to music classes. I was not sure which field of music I wanted to pursue initially. But after a few years of getting into classical music, I developed an immense interest to pursue the same.

3. Who is your favorite artist and why?

According to me, formal training in music is as important as sending kids to school. It is not possible to train oneself based on their talent alone. As a popular bandish(composition) says, "Guru bin Gyan na paave" which means, without a teacher we cannot acquire knowledge.

Even if one doesn't pursue classical music as a career, by having formal training in classical music, one can perform well in any genre.

4. Can you throw some light on opportunities one gets as a singer?

The development of technology and social media has actually opened a lot of opportunities to seek, learn, and grow.

We must know how to use it constructively. We don't have to struggle like the musicians of the previous generations did, to listen to great musicians of the past and present, as all recordings and videos are available on the internet.

Also, the reach that a musician can establish through social media is very high.

5. Is formal training required or can one train themselves purely on the basis of talent?

Being a student of classical music, my only wish would be that anyone who aspires to become a musician in any genre, should learn classical music formally under a Guru.

Learning can never end in any art form.

Along with being a good influence, Social media can also be a bad influence. We should not get distracted and should stay focused to achieve small goals one at a time to eventually achieve a bigger goal.

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

To be honest, it is very difficult to choose one particular artist. My gurus are my first inspiration. Ustad Amir Khan, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Rashid Khan, Vidushi Ashwini Bhide Deshpande are a few to name among many of my favorite artists. 

The reason they inspire me is pure because of the fact that they have put their heart and soul into music, their entire lifetime.

- Hiranmayee S ,Musician
- Interviewed by Khushi Badarinath
- Edited by Shilpy Sharan

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