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Sunita Bhuyan on promoting Indian culture through the music of Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

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When the world fell into lockdown and terror, a few resilient artists rose to the occasion and helped ease the burden of the world’s weary. Indian art, music and yoga have been proven to have healing properties and benefits. , vocalist and wellness expert Sunita Buyan. She does this by offering innovative music and promoting Indian arts and culture at various national and international forums and festivals.
Through her unique practice called “Health, Creativity and Leadership through Music”, Buyan has shattered the myth that music is just entertainment. Instead, she uses it as a medium to heal the mental health of both mainstream and marginalized communities. Honored her at a therapy workshop. And most recently, in recognition of her contribution during the pandemic by the Governor of Maharashtra, she appeared with her son Lonojit at her 150 virtual her event from her home studio. 35 to 40 of them were fundraising for Covid-affected communities.
Her latest initiative is her global tour around the world. [email protected] Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav also received an enthusiastic applause from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As an Ambassador of the Joy of Giving for Don Bosco Worldwide, Booyan has also collaborated on several initiatives in the United States. These include a Thanksgiving concert for Covid Warriors in Tapan Parish New York. Multi-artist ensemble of Sunburst Foundation Montana. A fundraising concert for victims of the Assam floods. India-US Friendship Concert hosted by the Consulate General of India in New York.
Originally from Assam and now settled in Mumbai, Bhuyan is a pupil of his mother, Assamese violinist Minoti Kaund and maestro Padmavi Bhushan Pandit VG Jog. Other feathers in her cap include her MBA in Human Resources and a Masters in Music.
While she was preparing for her upcoming tour to England, [email protected] Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, she joins the Sunday Guardian exclusive chat. Excerpt from edited interview:
Q. Why did you enter this field?
A. I am very attached to music and my early training in culture. I have been based in Mumbai for 21 years, but I often visit Assam for work and performances. In the last ten years I have ventured into folk fusion and became the first violinist in India to play Assam his folk on the violin.
I was a full-time HR representative, but left the company in 2012 to create a leadership program on health and creativity through music. I feel he had the right skills to combine these two passions of mine into one. So my profession flies from the training room to the stage…and by the grace of God, on stages all over the world.
Q. Please tell us about your recent tour. How is it different from the previous one?
A. Recent tours focus on central themes. [email protected] Promote Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav spirit. Beginning with Expo Dubai, where she headlined International Women’s Day at the India Pavilion, performing in front of the Prime Minister in Delhi, and finally at the Indian Consulate in New York.
At the same time, I have done many programs on music and mental health and wellbeing. This subject has been an important area for me, especially during the pandemic.
Q. India is 75 years old, what is the importance of preserving and promoting indigenous arts?
A. The Indian art form is incredibly rich and has immense depth. I think there are many life lessons that can be learned from art and music. I also truly believe that art has a great impact on physical and mental health. Therefore, training and structure of all kinds help us absorb the qualities of discipline and self-control that should have been instilled in us when we were young.
Q. How can people contribute to promoting our great cultural heritage?
A. People can do this by first acknowledging that all forms of art, like other arts, are a way of life and that they must pay to enjoy their enjoyment. I think it’s unfair, and indeed cruel, to expect an artist to keep you entertained for free! Why do people expect art to be available for free when other services are not?
Also, I believe that arts and music should be made compulsory in schools if our country is to raise well-rounded citizens. The corporate world should also learn to harness the benefits of the arts for health and leadership development.
Q. Please tell us about your process as an artist from start to finish. Tell us about your experience, especially when you went on tour. How do you prepare?
A. It comes with a series of steps, and no matter how much you prepare, you’ll always learn something new along the way.
As soon as we receive an inquiry, we assess the host organization and conduct internal due diligence. Then look at your budget and assess the venue and audience profile before seeing if you can fly an entire band for the project in question. If that is not possible, start considering options for collaborating with local musicians. Then start planning your playlist and conduct virtual workshops with co-artists. Once you land, research the venue and acoustics. After the performance is over, take a few extra days to enjoy, explore and relax in the new location.
Q. What is your favorite part of the tour?
A. I think it’s breakfast the day after the concert. After a successful event, they are usually relaxed. This is also why I always take an afternoon flight after a show and not an early morning flight. We usually get very stressed on the day of the actual show as we have to dress up, perform and interact with the hosts.
Q. What are you working on next?
A. There’s a lot going on at the moment and I’m looking forward to it all. Next, we have a tour to England next month. This will be followed by several collaborations in the UK as well. We also have big music and mental health projects in the pipeline that we hope to share more about soon.
Noor Anand Chawla writes lifestyle articles for various publications and blogs (www.nooranandchawla.com).

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