Niteesh Kondiparthi can be counted among the few best young artists of Hyderabad. His passion for music is clearly reflected in all his compositions. His singing has been greatly appreciated by music enthusiasts, both amateur and professional alike, of Hyderabad.
Talking about discovering his passion early on in life, he quotes Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls,” and says, “I started playing the guitar when I was 15 years old. And there was no looking back since then. The moment I started playing music, I realised I was in love with it. As I kept on learning, new challenges kept presenting themselves to me and I’ve done my best to overcome them. I think being passionate about something is a choice and a commitment you make.”
He thanks his music teachers who helped shape him, and says, “I’ve learnt how to play the guitar from various teachers. All of these people have left a considerable mark on my approach towards song-writing and creating music. My first teacher was Keerthi Kumar from Virtuoso School of Music. I’ve also given my Trinity Grade 8 – Plectrum guitar exam last year.”
Having an understanding environment at home encourages young artistes like him. “I’m fortunate to have a loving, supporting and understanding family. My parents have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and I’m indebted to them for that. They’ve given me freedom when I needed it the most. My sister has also been of significant support to me in my journey,” says Niteesh, who feels fortunate to have such familial support.
According to him, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. He explains, “The most important lesson for an artist, according to me, is to never give up. Artistes have to deal with a lot of anxiety and self-doubt on a day-to-day basis, more so than a non-artiste. We’re bound to this plight because we constantly have to put our work out there and face scrutiny at every step along the way. So, don’t give up. It’s not worth it. All the things that you’re hearing in your head right now are just in your head. Be the best possible version of yourself and strive for balance in expression.”
For any artiste, there are some defining moments and Niteesh recalls his and says, “I’ve performed over 400 live shows around the country, opened for acts like Guitar Prasanna, The F16s, and Raghav Meattle and performed in venues like the Humming Tree, Hard Rock Cafe, Tabula Rasa, etc., across the city. I’ve also had the privilege of playing a song to Kamal Haasan onstage. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life. I’ve released my debut EP Not Worth It in May. I’ve been fortunate enough to be mentioned in media multiple times.”
“The scene in Hyderabad has picked up very well over the past couple of years. But, unfortunately, there’s not much scope for local original music when compared to the cover music. But, hopefully, this will change soon, with newer artistes making their own music and performing it,” hopes the young artiste, when asked about the current music scene in Hyderabad.
“I’ve moved to Mumbai recently to pursue my masters in Advertising & Marketing at Xavier’s Institute of Communications. The plan right now is very clear. I have to make it in the Mumbai Music Circuit and find a way to balance that with college,” signs off Niteesh who is all charged up to take his dream to another level.