All of 22, the mu­si­cian feels for­tu­nate to have per­formed along­side artists such as OMI and AR Rah­man

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At 12, much like most kids his age who dream of be­com­ing rock­stars one day, Shubh Saran (right) em­barked on his jour­ney to play the gui­tar. Now 22, he has grown up to per­form ex­ten­sively as a solo artist, and with glob­ally renowned mu­si­cians in the United States, In­dia, Canada, among other coun­tries.

“At the age of 15 when every­one was run­ning af­ter en­gi­neer­ing or be­com­ing a doc­tor, I wanted to do some­thing with which I could cre­ate my unique iden­tity,” says Shubh, adding: “I was for­tu­nate that an early age, I got an op­por­tu­nity to per­form along­side artists such as OMI and AR Rah­man.”

Where does he see him­self 10 years down the line? “I’d hope­fully be play­ing and com­pos­ing my songs. That’s my first and the fore­most love.”

In his com­po­si­tions, Shubh has crafted a unique style that draws from clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary In­dian mu­sic, modern jazz and neo-soul.

Ask him about his lat­est al­bum, Hmyra, and he shares that “it re­volves around the cen­tral theme of a will­ing­ness to strug­gle and sac­ri­fice in or­der to achieve some­thing greater.” Talk about sus­tain­abil­ity, and Shubh says, “Stream­ing and down­load­ing are the or­der of the day. How­ever, per­form­ing be­comes the ma­jor source for money gen­er­a­tion.” Even with his de­but al­bum, he says, the fo­cus was not on mak­ing a huge profit, but to bring mu­sic out there and present him­self.

Who’s his favourite artist? Af­ter strug­gling to name just one, he fi­nally says Ti­gran Ham­sayan, adding that peo­ple who gen­uinely un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate jazz are few, but the num­ber is good enough to take jazz for­ward.

Ten years down the line, I’d hope­fully be play­ing and com­pos­ing my songs. That’s my first and the fore­most love SHUBH SARAN, MU­SI­CIAN

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