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Life is a matter of luck, fate and situation
17 April 2010-Saturday
-The Cheeguz

The first thing that stands out about “Aagantuk” is her name. Welcome to her world of music, you are very much invited. She is a dreamer and her aim is high, a typical trait she shares with her fellow Sagittarians.

In fact the only worry that plagues her is - so much to do, so little time. “Music is my life”, she declares and that’s what keeps her sane in otherwise insane times. Let’s get to know the person behind the onstage persona… in conversation with Agantuk.

How would you describe yourself?

At the risk of sounding clichéd, I would say I’m a normal Nepali girl. Some might find that boring, but behind all that glitz, glamour and an image painted by media, I’m like any girl next door. My tastes are simple and it takes very little to make me happy. (Laughs)

Tell us how you end up choosing music as a career. Have you always wanted to become a singer?

Music has always been a part of my life. Yes, I always wanted to be a singer, it's something I was passionate about since I was little… I'm doing it now and I couldn't be happier!!

Tell us something about the remix of “Banma fulyo phool”. How did you decide to do that particular song and what do you have to say about its success?

I believe in destiny and fate. That song was heaven sent, it just happened and I’m thankful for that. It gave me my identity. I will be lying if I say I wasn’t shocked at its success!! We knew we had a good song in the making… but never thought it’ll reach such heights of popularity.

Singing an already established song is… tough or easy?

Well to be honest, doing a cover version is always a bit dicey. It could go either way. But it depends on your presentation. The very success of “Banma fulyo phool” is a testament to that. For me it worked out pretty smooth (smiles). It was the case of hard work and luck… combined.

Do you relate personal issues in your songs?

For me there’s a fine line between personal and professional life. I respect my private space and would never compromise. About personal issues seeping into one’s work, I guess it happens. Your mood, your situation can directly or indirectly influence your work. After all your music is an extension of you, right?

Any collaboration that you wish one day? With somebody you most admire (could be national / international)

Right now my hands are full; I’m busy being, Agantuk – the singer (laughs). I haven’t had a chance to dream that far…

Of all the tracks you have done, which one has a special meaning to you and why? 

Although it was “Banma fulyo phool” that introduced me to the world, if I were to choose my favorite track till date, it would have to be “Kun Ranga”. I can so relate to this song on a personal level. Plus, if I may say so, I love my voice in this particular track. This is my favorite by far.

What other businesses, work are you involved in?

As if now, it’s 100% eat, sleep and breathe music. I’m madly, passionately in love with my life… and that’s all thanks to music. I can’t afford any distractions, there’s so much to do.

 

You just got married recently, how has it been? And are you thinking of expanding your family any time soon?

Life’s been good to me so far, touchwood. It’s great being in love with the person you know you are going to spend the rest of your life. Marriage’s been great and I highly recommend it. About babies, yes I would like to start a family but for now that’ll have to wait. Let me just enjoy the moment…

After marriage has your priority changed?

I guess prioritizing is the key. Especially after a commitment like marriage, it’s all about time management. That’s the trick to sailing in two boats. Yes, it can get tough sometimes but I’m thankful to have such an understanding family. I don’t want to choose between the two, for me both are important… I want to take my personal and professional life together, side by side.

What makes you happy?

I’m a girl with simple tastes; it doesn’t take much to make me happy. In professional front though, a good project and appreciation from fans and well wishers is the ultimate high!!

What makes Agantuk special?

I guess I’m a big time softie. I care about people, to the point of fault (I get emotionally attached, very soon).

I love my friends, family, all those who mean a lot to me.

What is your greatest fear?

The only constant in an ever-changing world is time… and to be honest I’m somewhat scared of its flow.
 So much to do, so little time…  I always wonder what edge of life, time will take me to.

Any new projects, anything fans can expect?

With the promotion of “Bayera Botaima” almost done, I’m in preparation of my third album. It’s taking its sweet time and I’m more than happy to comply. Creative work needs patience…

Message to your fans:

We are here because of you, without you there will be no Aagantuk, no music… no Banma fulyo phhol or Bayera Botaima for that matters (smiles). Thank you for supporting us, the artists. Please love Nepali music and yes piracy is not cool, period!!

 
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