Why I Chose BIMM

Why I Chose BIMM – Swastika Mukherjee

11th April 2017

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Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Swastika Mukhopadhyay. I am 21 and currently studying for a degree in vocals at BIMM London. I am from Kolkata, India.

How did you get started?

I have been playing music from a very young age. When I was three I started Indian classical vocal training and that continued for about thirteen years, I also play two Indian instruments. Meanwhile, I started singing Western music and I kind of did my own teaching. I started writing my own songs but was obviously scared to perform them in public. In my city, the Western music scene is not that famous so I had to keep it low key. I usually performed covers in small function bands and I was the lead vocalist for my schools Western and Eastern bands. My attraction to Western music was huge when I was sixteen, so I started picking up loads of songs and made a repertoire.

Why did you choose BIMM London?

I wanted to get properly trained in Western music and my aim was not classical Western, I did get some basic training back in India but I felt it was not enough. My parents actually thought I played music as a hobby, so it was a shock to them when I told them that I wanted to take it up as my profession. I was able to make them understand and they are pretty positive about it now. After lots of research I found out about BIMM and the courses seemed really interesting. So I made up my mind that BIMM was where I wanted to study.

How is it different to studying in India?

After coming to BIMM, or rather London, I learned so much about life, I always wanted to study abroad and London was always on my list. It was hard at first to leave everyone back in India and come and stay all by myself, I must say I managed quite well and it’s been two years now. In India I grew up in very protective surroundings and to be honest I did nothing on my own, I was so dependent on others. Back in India education is very strict and I never felt comfortable. When I started my lessons at BIMM I was so happy, the teachers here are so open-minded and can feel just like your friends. I have met so many different kinds of people and it is a wonderful feeling when you have people around you with the same kind of thinking. It is very very different to studying in India.

What’s been your highlight so far?

My highlights so far have been a few different things. When I was young I used to sing in All India Radio, that was a really great experience for me. I recently released two of my own songs and I have to say I did get a lot of positive feedback about them. I even released a music video.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.