Ladies and Gentlemen, Presenting Joy Guha, a talent from Kolkata, who is pulling all the right chords to receive an ovation from the audience. A star already in his own field, Joy is getting noticed by the right people and has been getting into the right musical circles and senior musicians have been showering upon him with their blessings. Let Joy tell us his story ...
I was born in Calcutta in 1976. My family is a very musical one. All of my family members were associated with either any form of music or dance. Both my father and my mother were singers; my elder sister was a dancer. Moreover, there is not even a single family of my relatives from which at least one of the family members is not an artist. Being born and brought up in such a family, I really did not need any kind of influence to get into music, rather it was a very natural thing to me to be with music, and it never felt that music was something extracurricular; it was rather a daily routine job in our family.
At early childhood, I just started on without any tutor. I used to try to play any instrument that I could get my hands on, and those were aplenty in my home. The instruments used to be my toys during my early childhood. But later on, I started my ‘Taalim’ from the great violin maestro Pt. V. G. Jog for about nine years, and after his demise, at present I am taking my ‘Taalim’ from the Sarod maestro Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta.
Both my tutors had a kind of feeling and they also told me the same that, I had all the necessities within me to become an artist and it is entirely up to me of the way in which I would utilize them or nurture them.
My first tutor Pt. V. G. Jog sahib once told me “Beta, tum mein artist banne ka pura baat hai, tum koshish karo, tum kar sakte ho”, and for this very reason, I feel that he felt, I could be successful with my music.
Currently, I live with my mother, my father, and my wife. I have told about my mother and father earlier, so now I will try to introduce my wife. She is the person, who has got a lot of reasons to be the one behind my success. It is not possible for me to mention a single way in which she has not helped me with my career. And also I should mention the mental strength and support she has provided me with. Aside from being the reason behind me, she herself is also a person with a great amount of talents from a variety of art genre. She has got good fame for singing. She has performed on quite a few of the most prestigious auditoriums of Calcutta. By the way, she performs Rabindra sangeet. She also has got good fame as a painter. Her paintings have been selected for many prestigious exhibitions and they did sell at a good price. She has got a good knack for photography even, and she is attached with one of the most prestigious photographic institutions of Calcutta.
When I compose my music, the only thing that goes on in my mind is music. Actually I have got a different concept behind my creations. The common idea is that the person, who is creating music, creates or composes based on his instruments and uses other instruments for enrichment and accompaniment. On the contrary, what I do is that I compose each and every composition keeping in mind the character of a different instrument and I create the tunes that I feel, suits best for that instrument. Therefore every time I have got a different lead instrument for every other composition.
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Speaking about the message part of it, my music always speaks of non-violence, universal brotherhood, and against destruction of our home planet. I get hurt when I see the greenery being demolished, or when I watch the natural resources being polluted. I get hurt when I see violence, people hurting other people in any way. I love the see the days of the festivals, when everybody is happy and in a festive mood. I love happiness the most when it spreads over every mind.
As an advice, I would like to repeat a very old saying; “Riyaz karo to raaj karo”. I heard this from both of my tutors and other great musicians. I would advice the young talents with the same concept that if you want your talent to bloom to the fullest, take the tough road ahead of ‘Riyaz’. There are no shortcuts to success. I would also like to request one more thing to the youngsters that, please try to create music which can make and keep people happy apart from their daily grind, because the human race is always in some trouble or the other. I personally feel that it is a social duty of a musician or any artist at large to provide them with a bit of healing touch through our creations.
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