Career Prospects in Music


Gone are the days when the music was to be considered as a hobby, or a good way to pass time. Music is too much from a vocation.

It has to have passion and zest It is very competitive and youthful And so this article has to be young; having the flavor of something new, probably because I am young, my readers will also be young, and it is the youth who make the present day India is all about – a Young and Dynamic India Thus foraying in the vast ocean of music, and specially in Hindustani Music, many young buds like me With the growth of the entertainment industry, which comprises of all kinds of faculties and organizations, like the film industry, advertising industry, radio and television industry, music has become a highly respectable and attractive career option. But unfortunately, many of us from a small town like Allahabad are unaware of where music is actually turning to djpunjab.

Well, in this fast paced age, where everything has converged to the era of “Nano” (I am talking of the latest technology that has zoomed up like Sapaat Taan of the Gwalior house), I better express my views in a simple, direct, but a broad manner

First things First – What is Music? Let us first know what Indian music

“Geetam, Vaidam tatha nrityam, triyam Sangeet muchchyate”, a maxim from the granth – Sangeet Ratnakar by the famous musicologist Sharangdev.

The above maxim says that Indian classical music, which is a school of thought, comprises of three different arts which are:

(a) Vocal, or Singing (the expression of sound vocally like Khayal, Ghazal, Bhajan etc.);

(b) Playing of a musical instrument (the expression of music through an instrument like Sitar, Veena, Harmonium etc.) and last but not the least,

(c) Dancing (The expression of music bodily through the art of dance).

No matter how you express it, these three arts are interdependent on each other. This is true of either styles, or Paddhatees, in Indian music – the North Indian Music and the Carnatic Music.

The growth of the entertainment industry has opened many new avenues and vistas for those who want to seriously pursue their love for music professionally.

The field of Music (Singing, Dancing and Playing of Instruments) offers many different types of jobs based on a person’s interest and capabilities. Broad categorizations of jobs available in the music industry include –

1. Teaching: One of the most traded trades in music Those who prefer a one to one interaction can start their own music school where they can teach / train other aspiring singers. You can open coaching class for training students for scholarships and competitive exams such as the Sangeet Natak Academy, MHRD, NET, for shows like Sa Re Ga Ma etc., jingles for ad campaigns. This is no doubt a very attractive career option as well.

Nevertheless, I would like to suggest some other options as well!

2. Sound Recording: For this you need to be a trained sound engineer, or a trained sound recordist, a combiner or an editor. But for this one should know the latest computer softwares in the market, recording gadgets and should be able to manage the recording instruments and the techniques easily.

Singers too with a well trained voice can sing at recording studios and lend their voices as back up voices etc.

3. Concerts / Performances and Live Shows: A professional singer / instrumentalist / dancer, or a freelancer, has the choice to perform in front of a live audience at concerts and live shows, including wedding parties, birthday parties and can be a religious music impresario for the NRIs looking back to their roots in religious functions etc.

4. DJ’s, VJ’s & RJ’s: Those who are not direct in singing, but enjoy music all the same, can become a DJ (RJ), RJ (Radio Jockey) and VJ (Video Jockey). All three deal with music However, what differentiates them A VJ presents music on Television like a Music compere for Antakshari type programs, an RJ presents music on Radio and a DJ presents music at live shows, or Discos.

Instrument Repairing / Instrument Manufacturing: This industry has a lot of scope and prospects, specially in large urban towns. The traditional as well as modern electronic instruments, or instrument substitutes, are spreading their wings and are getting accepted worldwide. A career in this focused zone can not be ignored in today’s world

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