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.