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News |  28 Sep 2018 10:28 |  By RnMTeam

I want to attempt to promote Semi-Classical music: Runki Goswami

Mumbai: The cliché wail that Indian Music is dying has been said for a long time, but how many are actually doing something about? The Gurugram based singer/music composer Runki Goswami, is actually promoting Indian music through her various endeavours-domestically and internationally too.

“I have been born and brought in a family of music lovers. My grandmother started to teach me music when I was really young. I am trained in Hindustani Classical music. I remember performing for the first time on stage at the tender age of six. Further, I continued my studies also in music. Therefore, knowingly or unknowingly I have been in Music all my life,” shares Runki.

Runki, since then has been performing not just Hindustani Classical Msuic but also Semi Classical music. “Though I am trained in Hindustani Classical Music, I also practise and perform the semi-classical zones like Ghazals, thumri, kajari,” she says.

The artiste has a point to make, “Compared to Indian Classical Music, Semi Classical or Folk music is actually facing a tough time in India. Indian Classical music has an audience in India as well as abroad as many artistes travel to perform there. The same isn’t the case with semi-classical. This is what is making this form redundant. I want to revive Semi-Classical form too.”

She continues citing the reason for it too, “Globalisation is one of the biggest reasons that folk music is dwindling. There are so any influences, plus Bollywood music in India is really big.”

She recently performed in London  India High Commission – Nehru Centre presenting the various form of Indian folk music. “I want to do a global tour and present this music in various cities like Prague and Sydney.”

She draws inspiration from many artists, “Begum Parveen Sultana and Pandit Jasraj are my favorites in classical music stream and in the newer generation I love Kaushiki Chakrabortye. In films or light music, I am a big fan of Geeta Dutt, Farida Khanum.