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At desiFEST: Abhithi

By BFFC Network Tuesday, May 29, 2018 01:38: AM


Her stage name, Abhithi, means fearless. We catch up with Abhithi, who we can catch performing at desiFEST this weekend!


Your musicality - where does it come from?


It has been a combination of being exposed to Bollywood music from childhood and of pursuing singing/dancing/acting as a stress buster once I was able to stand on my own feet.  Music is vital for my mind, body and soul wellness.  Therefore, despite initial lack of support from my conservative South Asian family, I decided to pursue the performing arts as a simultaneous career in addition to my career as a physician.  In fact, my stage name is ABHITHI, which means 'fearless'.  For my singing, I currently train under a western vocal coach, Ms. Paula Griffith, at the PG Productions Vocal Studio and under a Hindustani music guru, Mr. Madhar Katharvi, at the Micdoll Music Academy.



In a world full of artists on social media, what do you think sets you apart?


I believe in having an original style filled with creativity rather than imitating.  I know that every artist has something to add to the industry with his/her talent - there is space for every artist in this world.   By being authentic, I use my artistic talents to bring about positive change in the world.  For example, the two original songs that I have released thus far on my YouTube channel have inspirational messages attached to them.  They also showcase my 'triple threat' skills - singing, dancing, acting.



What can we look forward to at desiFEST? 


I am excited and honoured to be part of desiFEST.  I am grateful to Sathish for providing upcoming South Asian urban artists like myself with such a magnificent platform. I am grateful to Michelle and the entire desiFEST team for their support.  In its 12th year, desiFEST has a stellar diverse multilingual lineup.  I look forward to adding to the blend of musical flavours with my own flair.


Staying true to my original creative style and to my 'triple threat' skills, my set has a focus on performance.    With the help of a live band and dancers, it will feature a fusion of eastern and western sounds/visuals.  I am blessed to be supported by Anton Apostolov on acoustic guitar, Jasraj Singh on tabla/dhol, Puja Amin & Sanskriti Arts dancers and flamenco dancer Sofi Gudino.  I am thankful to Nirmala Jadoonanan (Amaya Entertainment) for helping me with producing my entire set from start to finish.



Who are your musical inspirations?


As a singer/dancer/actor myself, I look up to Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.  As a singer who grew up with Bollywood, I look up to Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle and Sunidhi Chauhan.  As a singer who loves the east-west fusion, I look up to Vidya Vox and our very own nightingale Jonita Gandhi.


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