There are usually three major stages in the struggling phase of every artist,

a) getting accepted by your parents for choosing an unconventional career.

b) getting people to appreciate your work.

c) having the mental strength to continue being committed to your art despite option a) and option b) not going your way.

Luckily for me, option ‘a’ was never an issue. Ever since I’ve told my parents I wanted to be a musician, they’ve been doing everything in their power to help me achieve my dream.

My father has especially played an instrumental role in my journey thus far, and without him, I would probably have given up long back. With every ounce of effort I make, I see my dad making 10 times more, just so my work is recognised. Whether it’s shooting my music videos till 2am in the morning, continuously aiding my search for music schools, or simply being the bouncing board for all my compositional ideas, my father is there through everything. He’s there to motivate me when I’m on the verge of giving up, he’s the first to clap when I achieve something new and he’s also the force that keeps me going at a steady pace, never letting me slacken my efforts. Through each discussion or even the occasional argument, my father manages to teach me something new, something that fuels the courage to keep going down the seemingly endless career path of being a musician.

When I was a child, about 5 years old, my dad used to play cricket with me, just him and I. Later I joined a cricket academy, but soon left, cause it wasn’t too much fun playing without my buddy. Years later, I feel the same way about music, sure that my dads involvement makes it all a lot more interesting.

It’s always hard to summarise what my father means to me so I’m going to leave it at – Love you papa. Happy Father’s Day!

  • Nalin Vinayak, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

This might be a cliché way to begin, but my Appu is my Superhero.

A lot of us will understand how difficult it is to give time to your family when you’re in the film Industry, but my dad has been always there for my sister Deeya, and me.

I remember the day vividly when I told my father I wanted to pursue music. Unlike a number of other parents, he was not just happy about it but he also made sure I was encouraged in the right way. I was good in academics and my teachers pushed me to become an engineer- they often told my parents that music wasn’t ‘the right option for a bright boy like me and that I was going to waste my time’, but it was my dad that stood by me and had my back.

There are times I often wonder how and why my dad supported me when I told him about my music. But then, I also realise that it was he who handed me the Harmonium.

This was back in the third standard when I first touched the keys of the Harmonium. I remember, I entered the house and my dad was sitting in the Hall, playing this beautiful instrument. I ran up to him and started banging my hands on the keys like a typical little child would do. My father instantly stopped me and told me the most important thing every musician should know or knows, is – ‘Respect your instrument’ and that was my first music lesson.

My father found a Harmonium teacher for me and that kickstarted my musical journey. He introduced me to this new world of music and when he noticed my interest in western music, he got me a keyboard.

Soon after, I started learning the Piano and because we didn’t have a piano at home, I practiced on my keyboard. Because of the difference between piano keys and keyboard keys, my touch started getting affected and I don’t think it took very long before dad got me an upright piano so I could learn better.

Appu, I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for me. You set the best example for me and all I hope is for one day, to become an appu like you.

Happy Father’s Day, Appu.

I love you.

  • Neerad Sumeet, Jai Hind College.

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