Kushmita: "It is liberating to have my voice through the music that I play and to know that it is helping others."
Issue X Art & Artist Interview Empower
Interviewed by Dhanvi Nirmal
Edited by Hrudhai Chand
30th September, 2021
Kushmita KC is a famous Indian Violinist and musician who has worked with famous musical legends like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Rakesh Chaurasia, Shankar Mahadevan and many others. She has also performed with various bands such as Laboum (Germany) and Indus Creed (India). She was featured in the semi-final of Indian Idol Season Ten (2018) as accompanist to the top five contestants and has toured Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Italy as a Solo Violinist with “Sound of the Earth” orchestra. At this moment, she is working as head of Strings (Violin and Orchestra) at Woodstock School, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.
You’ve been taking violin lessons since the age of five. Over the years, how do you think your views on music have changed?
Kushmita: I was fascinated by the sound of violin strings the first time I heard it being played by a teacher for me. I have been in love with the violin ever since. I used to play the violin for my healing & was immediately drawn to it. Later, when I got admission into the Richard Strauss Conservatory, Germany, I got to understand that you have to practice for hours each day to be able to master the instrument. This was a painful side effect of the pure pleasure that I received while playing the violin. Today, I have come to understand my purpose through music in this world. It has been a complex journey understanding all of its aspects & adjusting to this world's rules for us artists. It is indeed difficult to make a living as an artist, still serving others and this world. At the same time, it is liberating to have my voice through the music that I play and to know that it is helping others. This gives meaning to everything I do with music.