EXCLUSIVE | World Music Day: Music doesn’t need a special day to be celebrated, mulls Sudhanshu Pandey

Over the last few months, Indian artists have taken to social media pages to perform their music for their fans, amid the nationwide lockdown. The outcome of this experimental practice may not have produced the best results, but the live sessions appeased their fans, irrespective of poor sound quality, unreliable internet and Instagram live fatigue.

This World Music Day is going to be celebrated a little differently but the enthusiasm and appeal is going to be greater, with artists going live from their Instagram accounts for free music lovers will be able to enjoy themselves thoroughly, said Sudhanshu Pandey in an interview with us on this pleasant occasion.

Sudhanshu is an actor, model and singer. He has acted in Bypass Road, Kotigobba 3, Singh Is Kinng, Mande Suryudu, Indrajith and many more. Sudhanshu was a member of Band of Boys, formed in 2001, along with Karan Oberoi, Sherrin Varghese, Siddharth Haldipur and Chaitanya Bhosle which is India ‘s First and only Boy Band. Remembering his time with the band, Sushant said “I cherish the fact that we had great live shows and we served the audiences with music, all over the globe including some wild ones, who tore their clothes during the event. But it was great and those memories and those times, I will always cherish with the boys.”

He has always been inclined towards the music, “Music is something that really helps one to disconnect from everything around the world and takes you to someplace else which is more real, more internal, basically a space which makes you happy. It’s just something that dislocates you completely, especially mentally”, believes Sudhanshu.

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Do you believe music needs a special day to celebrate itself?
No, Music doesn’t need any special day to be celebrated. Music in itself is a celebration that should be celebrated each day of your life, Just by putting it on and hitting the play button.

Do you think that Music Day is going to be celebrated any differently this year and How do you plan to celebrate your music day?
It’s like, people used to go to the theatres to watch movies but after the lock down people have started to watch them at home on the OTT platforms. And this is how I believe people are going to celebrate their music day this year. A lot of singers and musicians will be doing live concerts from their home. And there are going to be probably people who will be sitting at their homes holding guitars or maybe singing or composing songs at home. When I am working out at home I use my Alexa to play my choice of music, I request it to play my songs and it pumps me up and makes me all excited to workout, for that hour I forget everything else.

On my social media I keep on posting songs that I sing at home, which is mostly only vocal because there are no instruments, because a lot of my fans keep on asking me to do it. So, you can say that every second day, I keep on celebrating music by doing that. It’s my voice, my song, my music that gives happiness to people who might feel low. It is like social work for me and it gives me immense joy and satisfaction to my soul. I think music is something that is providing a kind of push for everything these days. I have been listening to music all the time, whether it is the bhajans that I listen to or any other genres.

Which genre of music do you prefer the most?
I grew up listening to R.D. Burman, Kishore Kumar, Rafi Sahab, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Asha Bhosle. But in today’s world, I connect with any good Bollywood music, I hate to say it as “Bollywood music“ but that’s how will people know it. Any film songs that are written very well or songs sung by Sonu Nigam and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, I like music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy who has created some great music in the modern times. I listen to such kind of music for variation but in reality I exist in music composed in 70s.

Are you working on any future projects?
Musically! I have been found by a company, who will be managing my work now. I was in the process of starting live shows as a solo singing artist and we did one experimental show in Mumbai which went quite well, but before we could get a proper momentum this lockdown happened. As soon as this gets over, I will get back to delivering live shows in whichever format possible. I want to do this for myself more than anybody else, because music gives me a lot of happiness and my soul is very deeply connected with music. Additionally, it helps me to connect with the people, to all the music lovers out there.

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