SERENADER INDIRA JOSHI
Interview by Dikshya Kakri
She is smart, sultry and fashionable. Many mistake her as a model, but she’s a singer and firmly believes that she was born to sing. At 24, Indira Joshi has created her own niche in the Nepali music. Appraised for her powerful stage performances Joshi blends a magnetic personality and a soothing voice. Back from her recent musical tour to Birtamod and Kailali, the dusky beauty discusses her journey, singing and life so far.
How did it all begin?
I was fond of singing even as a child. I used to sing and win the praise of my family and friends.
As a kid, I even participated in the reality program, “Ko Bhanda Ko Kam” which was broadcast from NTV. After my SLC examinations, I came to Kathmandu and was training at the Do Re Mi Institute.
From the suggestion of my sister, I auditioned for Nepali Tara season one and got selected. After that, there was no looking back.
I was one of the top five finalists and the only female in the lot. The show gave me an exposure as a singer.
After the show was over, my real struggles began. Then I trained under Bhanubhakta Dhakal, Ishwor Amatya and Gurudev Kamath.
Now in the sixth year of my singing career, I’ve sung more than six dozen songs and I still have a long way to go.
Could you describe life before Nepali Tara and after the show?
When I participated in the show, I was very young and any lacking as a singer that the judges pinpointed would make me cry.
I learnt a lot from participating in it. After the show was over, people recognized me wherever I went.
They assumed that I was a star but I was just like everybody else.
Traveling by local bus or in a tempo, people questioned me or told me that my face was similar to a well known singer.
It was hard for people to believe that a singer could use local transportation.
I understood that it wasn’t easy to make ends meet as a Nepali singer.
Has being in the limelight affected your personal life in any way?
Yes it has, I have very few friends, and people seem to be hesitant to interact with me.
They assume that I’m too haughty to open up. But that’s all wrong. Although I’ve chosen a singing career I’m a down to earth person.
I also believe in being educated and have continued my studies.
I completed by Intermediate from People’s Campus, then I obtained a Bachelors degree from Shanker Dev Campus and now I’m currently an MBS student at Golden Gate International College. Whenever there’s a function at college, I always like to get involved.
How supportive has your family been to your career choice?
We’re seven siblings altogether. I’m the fifth daughter in the family.
I’m the only one who has pursued a singing career. Although my father and I shared a cold vibe initially over the choice of my career, he’s come to terms with it.
My mother and sisters have always encouraged me to give my best in whatever I do.
I’ve always been too independent to ask for financial help from them but they encourage me nonetheless.
Artistes who inspire you?
My ipod is filled with national and international artistes. But the ones I truly admire are Alicia Keys, Shakira, Amy Winehouse, Nora Aunor and Fiona Apple.