The Raghu Dixit Project is a multilingual folk music band which has played across India and around the world and has also performed on the popular MTV show – Coke studio. With its hatke music, the band has earned fans across the globe. Nation Next caught up with vocalist of the band Raghu Dixit for a quick chat as he spoke about his transition from a gold medallist in microbiology to a musician, his music and more!
Finish you education first
Raghu dixit is a gold medallist in Masters in Microbiology and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. But he still chose to pursue his true calling – music. He is a self-taught musician and composer. Giving a piece of advice to youngsters who plan to take up music or any other art as a profession, Raghu said, “Students should finish their education first and have it as their back up plan before thinking of taking up alternative careers in dance or music. Don’t get blindly into anything without a plan. It’s a tough field to be in and more time should be spent in perfecting the art.” The singer accepted that becoming a singer was not always the plan for him. He said, “I was getting a lot of appreciation for my voice by people so I thought of taking up singing and I came back to India. I was young and I thought I should try music while I’m still young. Once you get in a job and you get comfortable, you’ll never quit the job and will keep doing it. So my advice to youngsters will be to try their passion out when they’re young but after they finish their education.”
Lucky to have a huge audience
The band has a rare distinction of having fans in all age groups and Raghu feels lucky about the fact. He said, “We have fans who are youngsters and people who are 60-year-olds who appreciate the fact that we have taken up ancient poetry and made it contemporary reaching out to the younger generation in the process. Not just urban audiences, we have audiences from B-towns and C-towns as well appreciating our music. So we have all kinds of audience appreciating our music and that’s a blessing because not everybody gets such a wide spectrum of audience in terms of demography.”
Happy music, happy people
The band’s unique for two things – Its music and its attire. All the members of the band wear Veshti while they perform. Raghu said, “Our attire is a representation of who we are. We are south Indians. We have grown up wearing veshti at home. We have just made it vibrant and colourful because our music is folk music.” Talking about the kind of music the band plays, Raghu added, “We specifically play very happy music. We want that people should feel happy at the end of our gig. Our intention is always to give a lot of positivity to people. They might go back to the same problems they had before but they might face the problems in a more positive state of mind.”
The musician though a South Indian was born in Nashik, so obviously he has a Marathi connect. With the band being multilingual, we asked him if it plans to get into Marathi music and the singer was quick to respond by singing a Marathi song, “Nachre mora ambyacha varat, nach re mora nach. That is the song which my mom used to sing to me when I was a small kid. Being born in Nashik, there’s a little Marathi left in me, but I don’t really know Marathi anymore. We are not doing any Marathi music as of now, but we would love to do it if an opportunity comes our way.” The band keeps performing regularly and has a hectic schedule, so how does it deal with the fatigue? “We don’t deal with it, we just roll” answered Raghu. On asking him if there’s anything about microbiology he remembers now, he replied with a funny answer – “Microbes are both useful and harmful. You can’t see them with naked eye and you need a microscope to see them. That’s all I remember about Microbiology now!”