In Conversation with Esani Dey

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Little Esani, one of the youngest musicians in the country, has been strumming the guitar since a very young age. Coming from a family of musicians, she has made a niche for herself in the world of music. In our interview with her, Esani speaks about how she handles success at such a young age, her experiences with maestros and more…

You are 16 and you’ve already performed with legends like AR Rahman, Louis Banks, and many more. How do you feel? 

I was so excited when I got connected with Rahman Sir’s work. I really didn’t ever think about playing with him as I used to listen mostly to carnatic, classical and jazz music. So it was a great experience playing and performing with him. With him my experience was quite jazzy and musical.

Louis Banks Sir plays experimental, tricky music. So, that is interesting. That is the thing about jazz; it is free flowing and it comes from every jazz musician’s soul.


What is your first memory of music?

Music was already floating in the house as my dad is a bass guitarist and mom is a singer so my parents made my first bump to music. My first Concert was at the Age of 7 in Kolkata.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration is firstly is my guru, my dad Sujay Dey, mom Romia Dey, and Late U. Srinevas; his playing inspired me a lot in Karnatic music.

How do you manage music and studies?

There is no specific time to practice but I try putting in 4 to 5 hrs a day. I just finished with my Class X examinations. I cope with studies and music quite efficiently. If one has the will, it’s not difficult to juggle!

Music was already floating in the house as my dad is a bass guitarist and mom is a singer so my parents made my first bump to music.

Who is your favourite artist?

It is hard to name one! There are many such artists whom I grew up listening to; U. Srinevas, Steve Vai, Scott Henderson, etc.

You and your sister Mohini both are artists. How does that help you? Does she give you tips and lessons?

She has helped me a lot in music. We sisters practice together and share music. We have a band named “Generation” that consists of Mohini – bass guitarist, Gino Banks – drummer and myself – lead guitarist. We sisters will soon release our album!

Any advice for our young readers and guitarists? 

Love what you do, be self dependent, take care of your parents, never stop practicing, and have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.

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