Why we Indians need international, especially west recognition, before appreciating our art and artist?
The above question has one recent example of Prateek, who is an independent singer and song-writer. Yes, we are talking about the singer whose song Cold/Mess got Indians recognition when last year U.S. Former President Barack Obama included his song in his top 100 list.
“Andhere ka ye jaal hai
Ya saanjh ki ye chaal hai
Ye aaina bekaar hai
Main kon hoon ye raaz hai
Ye zulfon ka andhera jo chha gaya
Main kho gaya
Tu roshni, tu saaz hai
Tu kon hai ye raaz hai
Abhi to sham baki hai
Aur raat raazi hai
Abhi to baat baki hai
Aur raat raazi hai”- Raat Raazi by Prateek
Delhi-based Prateek Kuhad made his first impression with the song Raat Raazi yet got acknowledgment after his debut album ‘ In Tokens and Charms in 2015′. The following year, he made his Bollywood debut with Dharma Production movie’ Baar Baar Dekho.’ With the song ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan.’
Kuhad has been a well-known name from that point forward and furthermore when he made in Obama’s playlist. Now, this world-famous independent artist released one of his song ‘Kasoor ‘ video and asked his audience to think about their first love.
Kasoor is a 2017 song, which got its video on the 1st of July, 2020. Prateek Kuhad recently added this song’s video and added for the audience to think about their first love. This video is highly shared on the internet today because it includes fan submissions from across the globe.
The video captures the fans and their real emotions on camera. The video asked the fans a few questions, and fans had to record their genuine expressions and sudden reaction to it. It included people o teenage, and above 40 too, this video was a showcase of love that irrespective of age, gender, or sexual orientation -– underline the universality of love.
Prateek said “I have about 15,000 email subscribers on my mailing list – these are all fans who have signed up over the years. So I sent them an email asking them if they’d be interested in being part of a project (they didn’t know it was a music video at the time), and many of them replied positively. So we sent them a video with a bunch of questions and prompts and asked them to react naturally on their phone cameras and send that video back to us. We got around 400 videos back! Jugaad Motion Pictures used these to create the final music video.”
Prateek was born in Delhi but brought up in Jaipur. After finishing his school education, he went abroad for higher studies in Math and Economics. He kept music as a side hobby and planned to devote a year to music after completing college.
He wrote the majority of songs in English. In an interview, he said he thinks for both the language -English, and Hindi but mostly English came out on paper.
Prateek once said,” I started writing(lyrics) because writing is a form of therapy. Just like, being myself and writing and telling those feeling out is like Catharsis in a way”.
As a kid of the 90s, he was fond of Lucky Ali Music and Strings. And use to listen to English classic rock and more. As a child, when he uses to play guitar at home, his father thought about what bad he was playing, but with time, he got improvised and supported by the family.
Many of us say that Prateek must have had a bad heartbreak. And that’s true. In an interview, he agreed with the fact that once he got a significant heartbreak from a girl, but now he has moved on. Maybe this is the sole reason that he is so quiet and an introvert man.
He has some close friends, including his sister; these are those close friends who got the chance to listen to his music first. Sometimes it happened that he didn’t like the music or sing but got appreciation from friends.
Who are independent artists?
An independent artist has unlimited authority over the art direction and imagination substance of his music. They can explore and invent their lyrical content and make it innovative as they want. They have full control over the product and are not answerable to anyone.
In India, there are many indie artists from India who deserve our attention, but indie singers have nicely distanced themselves from Bollywood. Everyone must be knowing Nucleya Udyan Sagar, also Shirley Setia Shirley, she is an Indian who was bought up in New Zealand and many more. It’s rare, but they might sing for any label project.
Other songs to groove on
Cold/mess: No doubt, it was a pleasant song from Prateek Kuhad. This was a 2019 song featuring Jim Sarbh and Zoya Hussain.
Tum Jab Pass: Again, a song on unconditional love. You may feel the music if you have recently fallen in love.
Fighter: This beautiful song is written and performed by Prateek Kuhad himself.
Prateek Kuhad is one of the gem Indian music industry has today. He is somewhere happy to be at a distance from other Indian singers. He is different from others. Prateek feels extremely happy with international and national recognition. In Bollywood, Karwaan’s album was his first project. He is a big fan of Kanye West and Sia. He looks forward to Drake for production work. The idea of wrapping two people who are kissing again came to limelight with Cold/Mess album cover. His favorite song is Drown.