By: Avik Kumar Chakraborty
The song “Jogi de Naal” sung by the upcoming singer, Kaushik Kashyap was released recently in collaboration with ZEE Music Company and uploaded on YouTube. The song exuberates the melody of Sufi music and rhythm of Qawaali, blended beautifully with contemporary music. Produced by Audumber Arts, the song is composed by Vivian Vaidya. Other artistes associated with the album are ID Rao, a brilliant saxophone player and guitarist David Sinchury who has been featured in MTV shows like Coke Studio and MTV Indies. The video of the song was directed by Soumya Mohanty, which features Kaushik Kashyap and Aditi. Kashyap, who hails from Dibrugarh district have been living in Maharashtra for the last 15 years. He started his musical journey from a very young age and has taken training in classical and western music. Belonging to a musical family, Kaushik was exposed to music at a very tender age. His aunt was a trained classical artist. Prior to this, Kaushik has performed in many concerts across India. He was the lead vocalist in the troupe of Ali Quail Mirza. Apart from that, Kashyap had also enacted in an international short film named Hunz & Gunz.
Excerpts from the interview:
How are you motivated to get involved in the music industry besides the fact that you are engineering?
– I was always inclined towards music ever since I was a kid. I wanted to make a career in acting and music but also wanted to complete my education. My family would have never allowed me to make a career in this unconventional field without completing my education. But I did start learning singing from a very early age.
How many days did it take for you to prepare for the song?
– It took at least ten days for me to prepare the lyrics and deliver, because the lyrics are in Punjabi which is not my mother tongue and I have this habit of delivering things as perfectly as I can.
What do the lyrics mean?
– Our lyricist Alok Ranjan Jha has written the lines beautifully. When we grasp the real gist behind the lines, the sufi note explains this as meeting of the soul with the creator, who dwells inside and can be sought by love and compassion, and by being in solitude with the divine.
Your first solo music video is getting very popular. Who would you give the credits to?
– The credit goes to everyone who believed in me right from the beginning; my faith and my mentor. I would also like to give the credit to my producer, composer and my video director who had absolute faith that I could sing the song.
A brief bio for the readers?
– I was born in Dibrugarh, Assam on the 31st of December in the late eighties. I did my schooling from Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Dibrugarh and completed my engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pune. I am a trained singer and a trained actor as well.
Who or what would you say is behind your success?
– It is just the beginning, and success for me is a journey, but whatever I have achieved thus far is because of my faith and conviction in my abilities. And the guidance from my mentor plays a vital role. This song is dedicated to him as a sign of my gratitude.
Who came up with the concept of the video?
– The concept of the video was designed by our director Mr. Seenu Mohanty who is from Jamshedpur and Mrs Soumya Mohanty, our producer who is a famous poet and writer herself.
Where did you complete your shooting, and how long did it take?
– The video was shot exclusively in Nagpur, Maharashtra. There is a very old sufi dargah of Tajuddin baba where most of the shots were taken. Rest of the shots are from the interior parts of the city. The complete shoot of the video took three days.
What are you working on at present?
– There are lots of concepts we are working on, like serials and films. We are also working on doing live shows outside India as I feel live shows are the best way to get connected with the audience.
What is the one song you love to play all the day?
– I am a music freak, so there is no particular song as such. I guess it depends on the mood. I listen to every genre right from Indian Classical to western, and fusion appeals to me the most.
What inspired you to make music?
– I had a formal training in music at a very early age and it started from my home. Everyone in my family is trained in different aspects of music, so I think it is inborn. I want to craft a value in life by creating music.
Which celebrity singer do you want to share the stage with?
– Sonu Nigam, without any doubt. I have always been a great fan of his singing since I was a kid.
So what would it be in the future? A career in music or engineering?
– I will definitely go for a career in Acting and Music.
Where have you performed till date? Tell us a bit about your favourite moments?
– I assisted rapper and hip hop singer Ali Quli Mirza (former Bigg boss contestant) for some time. I used to be his lead singer and opened shows for him. I have performed all over India in plenty of big events including the Femina. There were a lot of good moments. One of them was in 2014 when after our performance in Hyatt, Pune, Mrs Madhu Chopra, Priyanka Chopra’s mother came and personally congratulated me for my performance.
Where do you want to see yourself in 5 years?
– I want to see myself as one of best versatile singers/performers from this country.