Profession | Violinist and Human Resource Professional
Bio | Award winning violinist Sunita Khaund Bhuyan is a household name in Assam and also in the rest of the country. Her singles are a treat for the ears but it’s her energetic and soulful live performances that will make you an instant fan.
When was the first time that you knew or realized that music is the right path for you?
It wasn’t until my early twenties that I realised the impact music can have on one’s life and the environment. As I went through my academic life, management education, and then joined a corporation, I gradually started experiencing the multidimensional benefits of this medium on one’s personal, social and professional life.
Coming to music as an artistic platform, let’s talk about how it impacts the human being. Firstly it facilitates internal wellness and secondly it inculcates positive social behaviours. These two have been my most precious discoveries from this craft. Workshops on leadership, teamwork, partnerships and collaboration through music has been a pioneering field of work which has opened up unbelievable avenues for me, and without sounding pompous, given me an unique identity in the world of business.
Do you feel that being the daughter of a music legend puts added pressure on you?
There is absolutely no pressure. First of all, it’s a huge advantage to have your mother as your guru. Then again the legacy of a musicians family as well as the gharana of Pt V G Jog opens up many doors. The only pressure that I have is that I should not dilute my music and ensure that I don’t play around when I play classical music as my mother is a purist and I want to ensure I respect the discipline especially when one tends to carried away with the confusion of fusion.
What are your thoughts on the current music scenario in the region?
I can see that the current music scene is very heavily influenced by Bollywood styles. Whatever the influences, those who have built their repertoire over the years with disciplined training are the ones who will win the race in the long run. I can see artists of all styles , calibre, and genres are getting a platform to perform. There are takers of niche to mass, as well as low to good quality music. It has both pros and cons. It’s good more people are engaged however dangerous for overall quality of music and the arts
What projects are you involved with currently?
I am involved with Joy Of Giving Program and Music For Leadership And Change, aside from curating a few all-women ensembles, and landing for an individual jazz musical in Glasgow. Also, recording a few Assamese Bihu singles.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Keep playing and don’t bother about results, name and fame
What songs are on your playlist right now?
Ganga Behti Ho Kyon, Jingle Bells
One artiste you look up to?
Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan
What do you like to do in your free time?
Spend time with family , friends, see new places, retail therapy, cooking, in that order of priority
The last book you read?
One artiste you would like to collaborate with?
Dr L Subramaniam
As told to Meeta Borah