“I started singing at the age of six, and my mother noticed that I had a skill, and she wanted to get me properly trained under a guru. I learned Carnatic classical music and my first guru was the sister of P.B.Srinivas ji (a Playback Singer). At the age of 14, I started training in western vocals and was into various genres simultaneously. I used to experiment and explore in every possible way. I was always a determined kid, to never give up and balance out my academics and singing as well. I attended the Vaishnavi School of Architecture and Planning after finishing my intermediate to study architecture. My father was into architecture therefore, I’ve always been interested in his sketches, drawings, and perspective views. Since then, I’ve grown to appreciate art, history, and the processes involved in making them—the materials, construction methods, etc. I’m a licensed architect, and my dad is immensely proud of the woman I’ve grown into. I can proudly say that I do not find it difficult and have the energy to juggle between both of my professions.
I’ve worked on several private albums, short films, independent songs and backing vocals for films. I got to work with Vivek Sagar in the process and also on a Hindi song with RGV Productions. I recently released ‘Uyirin Osai’ and ‘Kaivasam’, my first original composition in two versions of Telugu and Tamil, in which I worked with the playback singer Haricharan. The fact that I composed, wrote, and sang my song by myself has been crucial to me. This makes me happy, and I want to write more songs since there is so much content that has to be released. I’ve had both difficult and joyful times in my career as an architect. I recently designed The Grotto café in Madhapur, which was a unique project in contrast to the typical Hyderabadi boxed-up buildings. Therefore, this project was distinct and, to be honest, it was one of the most fulfilling in recent memory.
Not every day brings us butterflies and rainbows. There are also difficult periods; as a child, I was quite active and curious. I would say that the biggest issue I encounter at home, at work, or anywhere else is protecting my thoughts and beliefs. In this chaotic society where everyone falls into the same loop, keeping my sanity intact instead of going nuts has proven to be the toughest battle. Whether it’s in music or design, I always attempt to embody this young person who aspires to be different, purer, richer, and more artistic.
My mother listens to my songs all night long and gets emotional as she is so happy and proud of me. They continued to be the same loving, encouraging parents they always have been.
One thing I want to voice out is that architecture has been a very tough profession, especially for women from my own personal experience. To deal with people on-site and clients, and to get to the point where they listen to us and work on that, especially in a male-dominated profession, sometimes it gets a little challenging. I always find this force within myself to have to stand up strong and constantly push myself to voice out my point in a male dominant society as such. Honestly, a lot of women do face a toxic patriarchal side of the world. All I can say is to help and protect yourself, as it is a tough world out there and you’ve got to be tough.”