Baad­shah’s suc­cess wasn’t un­ex­pected: Pratyul Joshi

Delhi-based Pratyul Joshi, on strug­gling as a mu­si­cian and his de­but sin­gle, Baad­shah

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Big­gest strug­gle in In­dia isn’t the fact that the work (mu­sic) is sparse but (there is no) so­cial ac­cep­tance PRATYUL JOSHI, MU­SI­CIAN

Delhi-based mu­si­cian Pratyul Joshi is rid­ing high on the suc­cess of his de­but sin­gle— Baad­shah, which has gar­nered over 500,000 hits on Youtube. How­ever, for Pratyul, it wasn’t a sur­prise. “It wasn't en­tirely un­ex­pected, to be hon­est. I wanted to make some­thing time­less and soul­ful and be­lieved that sooner or later, it would climb the charts,” he says. But Pratyul’s suc­cess didn’t come overnight— Baad­shah was writ­ten 10 years ago. “I was in a col­lege band, still un­de­cided about tak­ing up mu­sic as ca­reer, and we were writ­ing our first EP. Baad­shah re­flected my thought process as a kid from small town with big dreams, then,” he says.

Pratyul didn’t have an easy jour­ney as a strug­gling artist. “Big­gest strug­gle in In­dia isn't the fact that the work (mu­sic) is sparse but (there is no) so­cial ac­cep­tance.” Pratyul also had to rebel against his fam­ily’s wishes, which led to con­stant travel and “sur­vival anx­i­ety”.

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