First Look : Ishi ( Punjabi Artist)
Hi guys, We have lots of punjabi singers around us. The one thing that is common among them is they all are punjabi. But I want to introduce an upcoming punjabi singer who is not punjabi . The Swiss originated singer who was born and raised in Switzerland is all set to make her debut in punjabi music. GAGMAG had a talk with her and asked about her. Below is the intro she gave herself in her own words..
I am Ishi and I was born and raised in Switzerland to a musical mother whom I heard singing along with the harmonium ever since I was a child. These early day memories mark the start of my musical journey and it became more and more meaningful through the encouragement from my parents to start taking flute and piano lessons.
While I was absolutely absorbed with all things music including the compulsory music lessons in school and participation in the choir for fun I was never conscious of the rich cultural heritage that I had and simply was out of touch with my Indian roots.
A couple of years ago I attended a Jazz School to deepen my knowledge around piano, however the teacher asked me to sing. I was hesitant, because I was aware of the fact that my voice sounded very young. Nonetheless, I gave it a try and to my surprise my teacher liked my voice and told me to concentrate on singing.
Getting used to this idea I experimented with different genres in music but soon came to the conclusion that though I cannot speak most of the Indian languages the songs fit my high pitched voice the best.
I decided to concentrate on Indian folk music by studying the basics of Khyal music in my leisure time. That is how I came across the Ali Akbar College of Music. I got a glympse of Khyal music and during a seminar, I had the opportunity to take some lessons with Lakshmi Shankar. It was her encouraging critique that I would have a chance to become a professional singer with a clear voice as mine if I dedicated my time to train it.
This gave me the courage to take music seriously and now I am here to release my own songs. I am very excited and I am looking forward to the next stop of my musical journey.
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(Based on the talk with ishi by GAGMAG editor)