The News Core reached out to Parthiv Saha for an interview. Here are some excerpts from our conversat
Parthiv Saha, a 20-year-old singer is taking the internet by storm using Instagram as his platform to share his incredible vocals. Hailing from Cachar, Parthiv hopes his music can create a space for listeners everywhere. Through covering songs and adding his own magic to it , Parthiv has learnt to carve out his identity as a musician.
The News Core reached out to Parthiv Saha for an interview. Here are some excerpts from our conversation with him:-
What inspired you to start singing and posting songs on Instagram?
When I was in my 8th grade, there was a friend of mine who had introduced me to the songs of 'One Direction'. I never really thought 'One Direction' would inspire me in such a way that I would start singing English songs. I felt like it was my calling, I practised a lot and most importantly I believed in myself.
Regarding posting songs on Instagram, after my 12th board exam I really thought about coming out of my shell, I was bored and I had less friends. So, I decided to start covering songs and then posting them on Instagram. The number of likes and comments that I got wasn't that huge but for me it was a lot and gradually I got more passionate about singing.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Was your family supportive of what you've been doing?
Not until my 8th grade. I remember, when I was around 8 years old my mom decided to put me into a singing academy to learn Indian Classical music. I have huge respect for Indian Classical music but I couldn't really relate to it. I just couldn't make myself love Indian Classical songs. But that doesn't mean that I dislike it, I've been listening to lots of Indian Classical songs because it helps me with my vocals. But in general I would go for English songs.
And yes, my parents are very supportive. They support me in whatever that I'm doing right now and I am so grateful to have them in my life.
Tell us about your academic life and currently what you are pursuing.
Academically I was really mediocre. When I was promoted to 11 grade, I got admitted to the Science stream but I was not really good at it and it wasn't really my cup of tea. I was more interested in Arts but was bound to take up science because my parents thought "Science is the ultimate thing" and my relatives played a major part in it. But now I realize, that was not true because I've seen people taking different streams and excelling at it.
And currently, I am studying Sound Engineering at CMR University, Bangalore. I'm doing something that I love and I am so grateful to my parents for this.
Do you think your hometown Cachar has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why?
I think that Cachar has a different genre of music and the music that I want to go for has a different genre. I think that Cachar isn't really the place where most people think about western music. But I must say, the cultural heritage of Cachar is magnificent but the music didn't really influence me.
Among all the songs that you've recorded and posted on Instagram, what's your most favorite one?
As of right now I have two favorites - one is 'Sun lo na' by Suzonn an Assamese artist. I've been inspired a lot by his songs. The other one is 'Creep' by Radiohead. I could relate this song to my younger self.
Apart from singing and posting songs on your Instagram page, have you ever performed in any live shows? If yes, what's your favorite venue?
Yes, I have performed in many live shows. The first one was in my hometown in Cachar. It was an open mic and I really got a good response from the audience. However, my best live show was in Bangalore, in a place called 'Fandom' and it's my favorite venue. I really wish this pandemic would end so that I could go back and perform there again.
What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next 5 to 10 years?
Honestly, I have lots of plans but due to this pandemic things aren't going well. I'll grab as many opportunities as I can. Since I am pursuing Sound Engineering I would like to do an internship in some studios. In the next 5 to 10 years what I can say is I might be pretty famous and I might be performing in many live shows.
Do you have any hobbies or interests apart from singing?
Yes, I do have hobbies apart from singing. I like photography, I take lots of pictures and I even have a separate Instagram page for it. Also, I like writing and reading lots of poetry too. I am also a movie freak, I have lots of movies stored in my hard drive.
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
Yes, this is something that I really wanna talk about. I have been really inspired by two artists - Ed Sheeran and Prateek Kuhad. Ed Sheeran because he knows when to start and when to stop. The next time he comes out , he comes out with more amazing stuff. I think of him as my God and I would worship him. If I ever meet him in person it would be a dream come true.
The other one is Prateek Kuhad, who is an indie artist. My ambition is to become an independent artist like him. I have seen him grow through his music. I have listened to all of his songs and you could really do some stargazing and sleep peacefully while listening to his songs.
If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you pick?
This is a tough question, but obviously Ed Sheeran. However, with Prateek Kuhad it would be more realistic because I see myself collaborating with him someday hopefully, not now but maybe after 5-10 years.