Editor: Could you tell us a bit about yourself, how did you start your career in music, and how did you create a music band?
Nilesh Salunkhe: I am singer, lyricist and composer of band – NYASA, from Pune, Maharashtra. I started learning Tabla when I was in 3rd standard and kept learning it until I discovered that I could sing. So, right from my childhood, I have been learning Indian Classical Music. I have learnt from various Gurus at various places. I started learning Tabla from Mr. Sunil Kumbhar sir and thereafter, I learnt major part of Hindustani Classical Music from Shri P. N Joshi sir.
Currently, in Pune, I am a disciple of Mrs. Jayanti Ravishankar.
“We formed our band in 2012 and recently in 2016, we started original music production. I am more into Indian Folk and Classical Music and hence our band genre is also in the same frame.”
Editor: Describe the transition from when you started singing until today?
Nilesh Salunkhe: Since I started learning Tabla at a very young age and kept learning it until I discovered that I could sing; I was in 1st year of engineering when I realised that I am a good singer. The transition has been extensive since then.
Editor: Who were your inspirations growing up?
Nilesh: Since the beginning, I was really inspired by the Legends in Indian Classical Music like ‘Ustad Zakir Hussain ji’, ‘Pandit Ravi Shankar’ and ‘Kaushiki Chatterjee’. Also, I was truly inspired by a band of legends ‘Shakti’ and many more Indian musicians like ‘Indian Ocean’.
Editor: Where did you get the confidence to perform on stage?
Nilesh: I have been performing on stage since childhood. I used to be in a group of student musicians in schools for conducting morning assemblies, cultural activities, and annual functions. So, it gradually kept improving.
Editor: If you could choose any theme song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Nilesh: I definitely would love to keep my own song as a theme song for the rest of my life.
“Nyas chahe ho madhyam,
Nyas chahe ho Pancham,
Pyas Laage kyu har dum surmayee
Aas gaane ki mattham,
Saans lelu Mai Sargam,
Pyas Lage kyu har dum surmayee….
Sur he ye jindagani,
Taar meri kahani,
Jal same he pavitram,
Taal meri Jawani… Muskurate hai, gungunate hai, Dil loobhate hai Shrotam…”
Editor: Were you ever discouraged? If so, how did it affect your creativity?
Nilesh: The best part of my music journey is that I was never discouraged at any point because our band’s content has always been loved appreciated by those who are coming across it. And this is the reason my creativity in writing the songs and composing is satisfactory for my inner soul.
Editor: Tell us about your songs which have been released until date. Which one did the audience love the most?
Nilesh: We have released one song in 2017 called ‘Naari’ which has a strong message for the society about ‘women’s ability and credibility’.
‘Tulsi’ was another one, released on 14th December’18 which was again a beautiful message with a message for the nation that irrespective of different castes, creeds, religions, languages and cultures, every Indian should live like a ‘Man-Mauji’. Also, we then released a beautiful love story ‘Morey Piya’ on 10th March’18. And all of these originals are appreciated across all social media channels by a lot of people.
Editor: Since you are into songwriting, please tell us about your main impulses to write about music?
Nilesh: I personally believe that music is the best media through which we can convey the message to the masses. And people love when they can relate the lyrics with their own lives. So my songs are eligible to be recorded, released and made available for everyone, only when I’m completely satisfied with what message I want to communicate through the song.
Editor: Any upcoming album or song release you want to share with us?
Nilesh: Our band ‘Nyasa’ is releasing the complete album named ‘Moh-Maya’ soon. The album will have 5 original songs. Stay tuned to know more details.
Editor: What is your opinion about One Song? How has it helped you grow in your career?
Nilesh: One Song is conceptually a fantastic platform for independent artists as it has a huge fan base and so the independent artists which are being promoted here on this platform are ultimately being heard by this fan base which is the relevant audience for them.