Anu Shakya is a singer, composer and songwriter who was raised and continues to live in vibrant Patan. She started performing gigs at 18 and is now leading a band ‘Anu ra Bimba’ which has released four songs on their YouTube channel. The talented Anu recently completed her Jazz Diploma with the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory and a Master’s degree in English Literature. She teaches vocals at Musica Music Institute in addition to working on a new album and several song arrangement projects.
How did you get into music?
As a child, I loved listening to music and singing. Once, I sang a song in front of the whole class and my teacher in grade five appreciated and admired my vocals. I was an introvert and very shy so this really boosted my confidence. I started practicing a lot unknowingly. I just fell in love with music and started analysing songs. I was curious about how music is made and this all just snowballed into a lifelong passion. When I think back, it’s the appreciation and my urge to develop self esteem that really got me into music.
What was your experience with The Voice of Nepal?
It was an experience full of lessons. The environment for me was an opportunity for personal growth and resilience. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to discover new strengths and abilities that I didn’t know I possessed. Despite the initial discomfort, I was able to learn valuable lessons and develop a deeper understanding of myself.
Tell us something about ‘Preeti’
I wrote this song when I was 18. I am a huge fan of romantic dramas which actually inspired me to write this beautiful poetic love song. I introduced this song to my band Anu ra Bimba and we arranged it together. I think this is one of the songs that we have worked hardest and also took the longest time period to complete. The song is mostly about how immensely a person can feel for somebody and how it makes an impact on our day-to-day life. It’s very dreamy and passionate.
How do you view the female artistes in the industry?
Women have been making significant strides and contributions in the Nepali music industry showcasing their talent and creativity. In recent years, many female artists have emerged and gained recognition for their musical abilities bringing a diverse range of styles and perspectives to the forefront. Their successes demonstrate the increasing inclusivity and equal opportunities within the industry, where both male and female artistes have the platform to thrive and make a positive impact.
However, I firmly believe that anyone, regardless of their gender, has the capacity to become a better musician in Nepal. The key lies in the dedication, passion, and hard work that individuals put into honing their craft. Regardless of gender, when aspiring musicians immerse themselves in the learning process, seek guidance, practice diligently, and remain open to growth, they can achieve remarkable progress. The music industry should provide equal opportunities and support for all aspiring musicians to develop their skills and contribute their unique voices.
Do you plan on Making music your career?
Yes of course. All the hard work I am doing today is for a possible continuation in music now and for the future.
What is your favourite genre?
I never go for a specific genre. Anything that sounds good to me has a special place in my heart. I am always up for exploring new music no matter what.
Anu ra Bimba’s album