18 May, 2021

Tejashree Amonkar

The granddaughter of the legendary Kishori Amonkar performed at the Prithvi Theatre Festival

Tejashree Amonkar

The obvious question: what does being a legend’s granddaughter mean as a vocalist?

I don’t think I am different when I am in the classroom with her. I am her student. But audiences perceive me very differently.

How do you cope?

I learnt to look at it as an inspiring boost—they have set their standards very high for me.

Now that you have started performing solo, how do you view yourself?

I consider myself as a beginner; I am still learning and exploring.

Do you believe in fusion, or are you puritanical?

I like anything that is aesthetic; I wouldn’t turn my back to anything. But if two things don’t go together...you can’t have Idli with

soya sauce.

Do you like any particular music?

I listen to everything that is not noise.

There is anxiety that the young aren’t interested in classical music.

But I see lot of youngsters at my grandmother’s...

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