Being bullied through elementary and middle school, the only refuge she found was under the hood of music. It was her safe space; where she explored her kingdom of dreams. Aishwarya Suresh born and brought up in Thailand, to Indian parents was one of the mini-artists from The Stage, season 2. The big stage transformed her from a shy and sweet singer to a vibrant artist.
I was bullied quite a bit for a number of things but through all of that the only significant anchor that got me through it was music.”
The young singer, who is currently in her second year of college, says that music has always been a salient aspect of her life. Her family has been the biggest influence in her getting to where she is today. She explains, “With a dad who introduced me to Bollywood, Sufi and Classical music, a grandmother who I’d listen to Carnatic and Tamil songs with, and a sister who would religiously update my MP3 player (back when they existed) with English music.” Her mother noticing the joy music brought to Aishwarya, pushed her towards what is now one of the most dominant facets of her life.
Growing up in a foreign country Aishwarya battled being an outcast throughout her school years. While she struggled during those years, with a lot of wounds, aspirations, and self-doubt, the only thing that kept her steady was music. “I was bullied quite a bit for a number of things but through all of that the only significant anchor that got me through it was music. When I’d put on my headphones, I would kind of just disconnect with reality and plunge into this fantasy world on my iPod.” There are some people we come across in life who leave a lasting impression on us; for this bright star it was the most ‘kick-ass music teacher on the planet’, Mr. Waltho. He helped her come out of her shell. She recalls his advice, “I don’t know if he remembers but Mr. Waltho once said, “There are always going to be people that will try to bring you down, but you cannot bank on them and close your heart and mind to what the others can show you. Sometimes it can be petrifying but sometimes it can be so beautiful. You just have to make the very best of it.”
They all had one mission, and that was to make sure we walked off that stage every week having really learnt something.”
Persons like her teacher led Aishwarya to unravel herself, and showcase her music style to the world. The shy singer went from a YouTube artist to The Stage in one big leap. She speaks of her journey on The Stage, “It was one that introduced me to a whole new world, where I learnt about the technicality, precision, and energy of being a performer.” A reality show for a quiet person can be quite jolting, and Aishwarya believes that what the judges did goes beyond just judging. She says, “They all had one mission, and that was to make sure we walked off that stage every week having really learnt something.” Upon realising what Aishwarya feared, Monica Dogra (judge and singer) passed on valuable advice to boost her confidence by telling her, “You could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there is still going to be someone who hates peaches, and you are not obligated to feel responsible for that someone.” Defining moments such as these are shaping Aishwarya into a more confident singer.
As artists, let us not deviate from the path we weave for ourselves and begin to become someone or something else.”
Working towards becoming a singer who moves her audience with her power, and humility in her music, Aishwarya draws musical and personal inspiration from the two artists who she feels embody those traits: Lucy Rose and Adele. But it is her mother she says, she truly strives to be like, because of her constant guidance. The thought from her mother that will make an Adele or Lucy Rose of Aishwarya: “Even if someone tries to knock you down, treat them with kindness because they need it much more than you think.”
Currently working on her music and preparing for gigs, Aishwarya is also concentrating on completing her college education as she traverses the music industry.
“As artists, let us not deviate from the path we weave for ourselves and begin to become someone or something else. Let us transcend, but with a strong grasp on our ideals, opinions, and humility. Do not shy away from being who you are and letting the world see inside. You do you, and the rest will fall into place.”, says this ingenious artist. With bold steps Aishwarya Suresh made a leap. With a steady mind she keeps moving, ready to make many more bigger leaps.