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“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together” – Sunita Bhuyan, quoting an African proverb
Sunita BhuyanSunita Bhuyanis no ordinary musician. Taught to play violin in the Hindustani style by her famous mother, Minoti Khaund, she went on to develop a unique sound of her own, blending pure classical with jazz, folk and pop.
Sunita has since performed all over the world, both as a solo artist and in a duet alongside her mum. She is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Music.
But there’s more: this talented violinist also has 18 years’ experience as a corporate executive working in HR. She uses music to develop teamwork and leadership within businesses. She believes passionately that her art contains profound lessons which we can all use in our working lives.
“The first lesson that I learned from music… is that the Indian classical system teaches us to build depth in one raga, or one composition…” said Sunita, referring to the way students of Indian music practise the same raga over and over again.
“The more you build the depth in one domain, or one raga, the more flexible your ability to be able to collaborate, to increase your repertoire, to be able to align with different kinds of musical styles, compositions, instruments, and different kinds of audiences.”
“Today the world is about how you can adapt to a changing environment and not just stick to your own line of thought…” Sunita added, speaking to Asia Scotland Institute in Edinburgh.
“It’s about building trust”
“We have to keep our young executives in focus that they have to keep building on their domain whether it’s technology or finance or HR or insurance or banking. Learn one raga and you can never go wrong, you can play anywhere in the world – that’s the message!”
Sunita said music also helps us to become better team players. The best bands share the limelight. The guy playing a hand percussion instrument is just as important as the lead violinist. “Musicians have to work in a group,” she said, “there is no other way.”
“Music teaches us the art of partnership and partnerships are not just about sharing skills and competences; it’s about appreciation,” Sunita added. “It’s about building trust between people. It’s about sharing the limelight which we are so hesitant in doing because we are so insecure… “
Sunita then went on to prove her point, playing a stunning 12-minute medley of tunes from across the Indian subcontinent with Glaswegian tabla player Hardeep Deerhe and guitarist Tom Oakes from Paragon Ensemble. You can watch their beautiful “Tour of India” here.
You can also view a video of Sunita’s entire presentation below. Or go to our Youtube channel to watch a short interview with Sunita.
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Our thanks go to the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for kindly hosting this event