“I personally don’t believe in the term ‘struggle’. I never have. I work hard on my own skills and focus on where I want to see myself. The opportunities that I have received so far are really special to me and I am thankful for that.”
At the age of just 13 years, Meghna Mishra made her debut into the Indian film industry alongside Meet Brothers, singing the song ‘Elitin Beletin’ from the 2014 Bengali film - Kkoli: A journey of love. Taking her career forward in the industry, Meghna’s most recent success came alongside music composer Amit Trivedi for the Indian musical drama film – Secret Superstar. Singing 5 songs for the film, her voice soon got recognition in the industry as she went on to win the Best Female Playback Singer for the song ‘Nachdi Phira’ at the 63rd Filmfare Awards. Her song ‘Main Kaun Hoon’ was picked up as one of the best Hindi songs of 2017.
The young singer reminds us that although making it as a musician in the film industry is difficult, we should personally not let that pull us down from working hard on our own abilities. Meghna believes that musicians should be driven by their own passion instead of chasing fame and popularity.
“I feel that if a musician wants to be famous or popular, then music is not his passion. Being famous is his passion.”
Today, Meghna Mishra urges musicians to explore themselves and discover their own identity before taking their music into the world of films. In a span of 3 years, the versatile singer has sung 7 songs for 3 different films in 3 languages namely Bengali, Marathi and Hindi.
A believer that only hard work and talent can drive you ahead in the industry, Meghna said -
“Musicians should really explore more. They should push themselves to do new things and discover new kinds of music that they are interested in. When I am in my own musical zone, I try to create. I love exploring and learning new things that I can use in my own compositions. This is how you can make yourself unique from other artists.”
Raised in a musical environment by supportive parents who follow classical music, the young singer believes that there is definitely more exposure and opportunities today than there ever was.
“What’s different in today’s age is that there are a lot of mediums from which you can establish yourself. I started off by creating my own Youtube channel. I feel that being active on all forms of social media as well as playing your music outside is really important if you want to be recognised by the industry. Creating your profile, connecting with people and pushing yourself to create new compositions that go out is important for your growth and will get you there.” Added the talented singer.
Meghna Mishra believes that music has truly become more than a side hobby. People have become more understanding to the craft and are very supportive to beginners and newcomers who want to take it up as a profession.
“My advice to all aspiring musicians is to be aware of the trends and catch what other people are doing. Your grasping power should be good and you should understand what the person in front of you is trying to say. Musicians should understand different emotions because music is actually an emotion in itself. We should try to understand that feeling and spread it through our sound. If there is a sad emotion that I want to portray, then I need to get into that particular mood.
If there is one message that I can leave for musicians today, it’s to not just dream, but explore and realize your own identity as a musician first.