Singer Arya Dhayal nonetheless can’t imagine that she has a fan in Amitabh Bachchan. He wrote on his Facebook web page, “…girl you are a very special talent…you have brightened my day in the Hospital like never before…” The megastar, admitted in a hospital in Mumbai after testing optimistic for COVID-19, was greatly surprised by her video by which she mellifluously combines Suddha Dhanyasi raga with Ed Sheeran’s phenomenal hit, ‘Shape of you’. Plucking the strings of her ukulele, Arya belts out the swaras of the raga and melds it seamlessly with Sheeran’s tune. Arya has replied in her put up: “I am above clouds. Never in my dreams did I imagine that you would listen to me singing”.
The ease with which she sings and swaps genres has made her the toast of social media. While the Ed Sheeran-Suddha Dhanyasi jugalbandhi was posted earlier, the most recent video that has gone viral has a seamless mixture of swaras in Thodi, a Kathakali padam from Nalacharitham Day IV and ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons. The medley, uploaded on July 14, has acquired greater than 23 lakh views on Instagram and crossed three lakh views on her YouTube web page. Among her followers are musicians, filmmakers and actors, together with Hariharan, Srinivas, Sreevalsan J Menon, Shahabaz Aman, Bejoy Nambiar, Parvathy Thiruvothu….
Followers on her Insta web page have gone up from 4,300 to 1.Four lakh after the video was posted. “YouTube subscribers and Facebook followers too have seen a corresponding rise. It is overwhelming. I was expecting a backlash for using Kathakali sangeetham in my experiments. But, thankfully, the idea was appreciated,” she says. In her new video, she has fused the observe of the favored retro quantity ‘Confusion theerkkaname’ in Shanmukhapriya raga from the movie Summer in Bethlehem with Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad guy’.
The 24-year-old, at present staying in Bengaluru, says that it was music that saved her going through the lockdown. “I’ve finished my studies and was on the lookout for jobs when the nation went into a shut down. It was depressing. But the lockdown gave me time to study music and practise. So, every evening, I would go on to the terrace of my paying guest accommodation with a cup of tea and shoot a song. Now that I have moved to another apartment, I make the videos in my room itself,” says Arya, a local of Kannur in Kerala.
Melange of music
She had been posting movies on her social media pages with karaoke tracks till she purchased an ukulele a month in the past and learnt to play it by means of YouTube tutorials. Arya says that she “always has had fun” mixing Carnatic and Western music and used to do it on Smule. Among her earlier “experiments” are Charlie Puth’s ‘We don’t speak anymore’ with ‘Entharo mahanubhavulu’ and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ and ‘Vathapi ganapathim’. “I haven’t learnt Western music. But I could pick up the notes and enjoyed adding a Carnatic flavour and technique to those. Like, the ‘Carnaticised’ version of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’. Ever since I began playing the ukulele, the process has become more flexible and I am doing it properly,” she says.
Before she finalises a combination, she shares the concept in her pals’ circle for ideas and approval. She mixes completely different songs till she is happy with the outcome. It takes at the very least per week to complete a tune.
Trained in classical music from childhood, her dad and mom ensured that she didn’t miss out on her music classes. Among her lecturers are Vasumathi, Jayasree Rajeev, Rajeev Kumar, Kovai SR Krishnamoorthy and Kalamandalam Hari who taught her Kathakali sangeetham.
She shot to fame on social media in 2016 for her soulful recital of a poem, ‘Sakhavu’. A fan of “all genres of music irrespective of the language”, Arya says that she typically checks out “least recommended songs” on music apps. She introduced out a single in English, ‘Try my self’, final 12 months and one other single, additionally in English, is within the making.
“Several offers have come in and most of them have promised to get back once the situation gets better. I want to become financially independent before I venture out into independent music. Till then I will go with the flow,” she says.
Check out her songs on her YouTube web page (Arya Dhayal) or Instagram (@aryadhayal)