Tanushree Saha is not your run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter-composer combination. She is one who believes in conveying a deeper message through her music. Proof of that is her latest track Balimaya, which is a collaboration with an African artist, and is written partly in English and Bambara (West African language). The song talks about world peace, kinship and universal love in a subtle abstract style.
I do not encourage people to remain genre specific, as that limits your knowledge and skill. I am a ‘Genre no bar, Language no bar’ musician.”
Tanushree’s gift was encouraged by family and teachers alike, because of which she has had a connection with music since childhood. Her singing range includes Hindustani classical, western indie pop, regional folk music and western classical. A truly versatile singer. But, despite this connection with music, which she has always maintained, she didn’t take it up full-time until 2014. Talking about her move into music as a career, she says, “It was a now or never situation. I created a small studio and began exploring beats and tunes, and writing lyrics, and also started learning to produce my own songs. In 2 years I made 11 original tracks. This was the time when I named my solo project Tangerine Daze. I plan on releasing singles one at a time with benchmark quality, good message and unbiased uniqueness.”
The difficulties of giving up a plush job and justifying her decision to family and friends; the struggles faced in an intensely competitive industry; the challenges of making it on her own; all of it was overcome because Tanushree kept faith. “Once you’ve decided your path, you have to stick to it no matter how difficult it is.” Apart from not giving up, hard work, creativity and catering to the audience’s taste is key to standing out, according to Tanushree.
It was a now or never situation. I created a small studio and began exploring beats and tunes, and writing lyrics, and also started learning to produce my own songs.”
Having found her niche in ‘World Music’, Tanushree prefers to be associated with that broad umbrella of music. She says, “I do not encourage people to remain genre specific, as that limits your knowledge and skill. I am a ‘Genre no bar, Language no bar’ musician.” A true believer of music purely for the sake of music.
Once you’ve decided your path, you have to stick to it no matter how difficult it is.”
Inspired by everyday life and mystical phenomenon, Tanushree is particularly fond of Yanni. “I am immensely inspired and moved by Yanni. His compositions are from beyond and always set a magical mood. At one point, it was his music that pushed me to think like a composer.” While inspiration is ubiquitous, Tanushree follows a process to get the actual song ready. Because an artistic product like music requires due process of trials and errors before its creator can be satisfied to perfection.
Keeping Tangerine Daze going as her solo project, while also collaborating with artists across the world to bring out music with positive messages and ideas is what Tanushree plans to do for now and the future respectively.
She warns aspiring musicians against complacency, while also urging them to put in their best and stay happy.
Talent alone isn’t enough. You need hard work, patience and constant polishing of skills to keep getting better. Don’t let yourself get stagnant, it is dangerous.”
Tanushree Saha had everything to lose, but she made the jump and backed it up with talent, diligence and perseverance, to land on her feet successful and proud. Like they say, the bigger the risk, the greater the gain.