National award-winning vocalist, Priyanka Gope has been making waves in the Bangladeshi music industry for nearly a decade with her soulful voice and melodic prowess. A graduate at the master's level in Music from the reputed Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India, Priyanka is now completing her PhD, alongside serving as a faculty member, at the Department of Music in University of Dhaka, all the while performing regularly on stage and television, both home and abroad. The Daily Star caught up with the supremely versatile artist to chat about her musical endeavours, her take on the future generation of musicians, and more.
How do you juggle between teaching and performing?
Teaching takes up a limited period of time but apart from that, I am completely devoted to my own music. However, I also have to simultaneously run my household while keeping up with professional commitments, which poses to be a great challenge at times.
What upcoming projects do you have in the pipeline?
I am currently in the preparation phase for an album comprising of thumris. The songs will be arranged in a way that brings a contemporary touch to pure Indian classical music. I will begin recording as soon as I finish my PhD dissertation.
Do you see the passion for classical music in the future generations of musicians, music lovers and music students in Bangladesh?
Indian classical music is definitely an acquired taste. I see the passion in a segment of musicians, music lovers and music students alike, but the proportion is not very high. Nonetheless, I believe there is still significant promise for the future of Indian classical music in Bangladesh.
Who are your favourite vocalists from the current lot of singers, both home and abroad?
Shreya Ghoshal definitely tops the list for me internationally. From the Bangladeshi industry, I really enjoy Elita Karim and Kona's music.
What is your advice to the next generation of musicians who want to pursue music as a full-time career, much like yourself?
I believe the most important thing is to love music. Nothing can replace dedication and passion for your craft, if you wish to pursue a career in it full-time.