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World Music Day: ‘I have lived only for music ever since I discovered it’, says Raghu Dixit

Microbiologist-turned-artiste Raghu Dixit tells us about its all-encompassing effect on his life

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World Music Day: ‘I have lived only for music ever since I discovered it’, says Raghu Dixit
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Just like many of us, Raghu Dixit too, has his moments of doubts when it comes to where his life is going. That’s when music comes to his rescue. 

The singer-composer and frontman of the multilingual folk music band Raghu Dixit Project, admits that he’s often plagued by the feeling that he should step away from the chaos towards a calmer, quieter life. “There are moments of frustration and disappointment, especially when you work really hard and the results are not as you expected. That’s when I go back to that moment when I first held a guitar in my hand and sang. There was a feeling of inexplicable gush of joy when I discovered my voice when I was 20. I ask myself if I feel even a little percentage of that joy and so far, the answer has been ‘yes’. Then I trudge through that moment of despair, simply because I love doing what I do,” he tells us.

It’s one of the lessons music has given him that the artiste applies to other areas of his life as well. “I apply it to relationships and friendships. Sometimes you go through a phase when you lose out on connections. Then you question yourself, if you should hang on or get out. If you feel even a little of the first joy you felt in the initial stages of your relationship, then it’s worth hanging on to. Luckily, my bond with music is still standing when everything else has failed!” he laughs. 



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The 44-year-old, who The Guardian, UK, dubbed, ‘India’s biggest cultural export’ is happiest when he’s performing live on stage. “It’s totally worth every other heartburn that happens off stage. That one hour when I’m performing is totally mine. Nothing else even comes close to that absolute joy — it’s unbeatable,” he says. The microbiologist-turned-musician believes that music has brought an amazing story to his life — “bigger and better than any blockbuster,” — he laughs. “I have lived only for music ever since I discovered it. There is very little I think about apart from just doing music and performing in front of audiences,” adds Raghu, informing us that work on his third album is going on and fans can look forward to a multilingual soundtrack album from them this time around.

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