The Keenness or Love for an Art Is What Makes One Flourish - Mekhla Dasgupta

1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

From a very tender age, I was attracted to music and other art forms like dancing, painting etc. Although my parents have had a lifelong love for music, they wanted me to become a banker. I think being brought up in a family with a musical culture helped me develop my passion and build a profession around it.

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

To be honest there was no planning involved, staying true to myself and to my immense love for music has drawn me towards this profession. My family definitely was a strong catalyst for my journey. 

It sometimes take me back to my childhood and make me nostalgic recalling those days when music was being played on cassettes all day all night in my childhood home. As a toddler when I started showing a penchant towards music, my parents decided to give my professional training which further helped me build a skill in line with my passion.

3. Who is your favorite artist and why?

Every artist has got their own style. And personally I've learnt a lot from many talented artists. However, Kishore Kumar, Celin Dion, Arijit Singh will always be the Top 3 artists I admire the most.

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

Music is a means to touch a million live. I believe every soul in this world appreciates music in some form or another. Thus the world is a playground for a singer.

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

Getting guidance from a mentor who can help you in deliberate practice and train you is beneficial in any profession. But, training is not the ultimate goal but is just a means to an end. The keenness or love for an art is what makes one flourish.

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

One piece of advice? Oh well, only thing I can say is nobody has it figured out! So might as well stay true to yourself, listen to your heart, work towards your passion and you will be where you might not have dreamt in your wildest dream!

7. Which is your favorite book and why? 

Mentioning one particular book is very difficult. But if I am indeed to pick one, I'd say it's Rabindranath Tagore's "Gora". The way the book captures the journey of a British boy who fights against the British oppression really moved me.

- Mekhla Dasgupta
Instagram @iam_mekhla

- Interview by - Sourish Sinha

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