Talented artiste from Assam, Abhishruti Bezbaruah, is a well-known name in the music industry. She was awarded Best Debut Singer (Female) title at 94.3FM Gupshup Music Awards 2016. A YouTube sensation with more than 10 lakh viewers, her Assamese songs have been appreciated by music lovers across the globe. She will be launching her latest album ‘ABHISHRUTI’ on 17th September.
Tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to take up music professionally?
Born and brought up into a musically inclined family, I was introduced to the world of fine arts at the age of six. I completed my Sangeet Visharad (equivalent to Bachelor of Music Degree) in grade 7, but it was only in grade 10 when I realised my passion for music – Hindustani Classical music to be particular. The real boost and encouragement that made me believe in myself was when living legend Padma Vibhushan Pt Birju Maharaj ji heard me sing and asked me to sing two songs for his dance ballet ‘Habba Khatoon‘, and also when eminent filmmaker of Umrao Jaan fame, Padma Shri Muzaffar Ali, called me to render vocals in his telly series ‘Zabaan – E – Ishq‘ when I was studying in Mayo College Girls’ School, Ajmer, Rajasthan.
Tell us a little about the latest album and the songs? Which track is your favourite from the album and why?
My new album is called ABHISHRUTI and it has six songs. Each song has a theme that appeals to me personally and carry messages of peace, celebration, love and devotion. I have been blessed to sing a song penned by the veteran literary philosopher, Late Radhanath Phukan. I also had the chance to work with some of the best musicians in Assam namely Diganta Bharaati, Ibson Lal Baruah, Poran (Jojo), Rakesh Baro, Anupam Konwar, Rosty Ahmed, Bulbul Deka and Diganta Bordoloi. Times Music handled the digital release as they liked my music and expressed interest.
My favourite song in the album is Ore Raati. This song was penned overnight by Kalpana Bhuyan and I feel it has a spontaneous feel. When I was a young child, I experienced the effects of the 90’s insurgency because of which I was sent off to boarding school. We have been at unrest ever since. Ore Raati questions why we can’t we live in a peaceful environment, why there is so much disturbance and whether there is a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel.
Name some artistes you like listening to? What songs are on your playlist now?
I love listening to Vidushi Kishori Amonkar, Mark Knopfler, Simon and Garfunkle and also new age artistes like Kygo and Charlie Puth.
At the moment, my album songs are on my playlist.
What do you like to do when you are not performing or in the studio?
I love catching up on the films that I missed.
You have performed at various venues across the country, which one was the most memorable one and why?
Every venue has its own charm. Recently, I had the opportunity to perform at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and I was surprised to see how much the audience, who don’t know the language, appreciated our folk music. I sang mostly Assamese tracks and people loved it. They knew my music and appreciated my latest videos which are available on Youtube. So yes, music has no language, and in this digital age, music travels.
What plans for the future?
A bunch of amazing musicians and I have formed a band so we want to travel and perform this year and for many more years to come. Besides that, my 3rd Bihu single after Roi Roi Roti, Tok Dekhi Mor Gaa will be releasing in 2018.
As told to Meeta Borah