My Indian connection made me create fusion music: Raja Kumari
Indian-American singer Raja Kumari talks about the importance of spreading a message through music.music Updated: Mar 23, 2017 20:11 IST
Indian-American singer Raja Kumari has become one of the renowned names in the music industry globally, having collaborated with some great musicians such as Gwen Stefani, fall out Boy, Fifth Harmony among others. She has recently come out with her new single called Mute, which is an Indo-American fusion with her rapping away.
The 30-year-old singer who grew up learning Bhartanatyam, derives inspiration from Indian culture for her music. She believes in sending out a message through her music. “I always wanted to be a musician. It was only after I took up Bhartanatyam that I got inspired to try hands at music and rapping. My music is about all the different topics, everything that concerns me and defines me,” says the singer.
With her one brother working as a neurosurgeon and the other, a lawyer, one wonders how she got inclined to arts and music. “I always had my family’s support who insisted me to do what I love so I never regret later in life. (Also) I might have grown up in America, but I still have an Indian connection that made me want to go ahead with Indo American fusion music,” shares the singer.
Sharing about the encouragement that she has got from her parents, she adds, “My mother is an artist herself and she accepted me for my music. My dad also had said that you can sit in the library and study in your older life; right now I want you to go and explore your music and do something that you will never regret.”
I might have grown up in America, but I still have an Indian connection that made me want to go ahead with Indo American fusion music
Having worked with top names in the music industry, Raja says it’s been the best part of her career and journey. “It’s been incredible experience learning from them and I have picked up something from each one of them. And it gave me a lot of confidence that I can show in my music.”
Ask her if she has an advice for the fellow musicians, pat comes a reply, “Do what you want, make music that you like and want to get in. Please don’t stop and think about what others are saying or thinking about you, instead do what you love and put all your efforts in it and then decide whether it turned out to be your best shot or not.
First Published: Dec 17, 2016 19:05 IST