Songbird in the City
By Ayesha Singh
Published: 13th Apr 2014 06:00:00 AM
Kavya Trehan, 20, Singer and Songwriter
Talking nineteen to a dozen, 20-year-old singer-songwriter Kavya Trehan has animatedly expressive features. In five minutes, she tells you everything about her family, her music, inspirations, cats, secret cravings for aam papad, movies, backpacking, Delhi winter and her interest in stationery. When the torrent stops, she closes her eyes, picks up her guitar, and begins to sing, “I never learnt to share,” by James Blake, a song she’s been humming ever since we met her, letting her orotund voice do the rest of the talking.
This Delhi girl is a non-conformist, to the extent that her music doesn’t comply with stereotypes and that’s why it’s free of any well-defined verses or structures. She dabbles in almost everything—acoustic, ballroom waltz, emotional subversion, noir, jazz and more— whether she’s performing solo or with her musical partner, Moses Koul, with whom she has a band called Mosko. “We don’t adhere to any particular theme or routine. Sometimes our music is rehearsed, sometimes impromptu. I believe in one thing—one should play what one wants to, sing what one wants to. Self expression cannot be compartmentalised,” says Kavya, a popular name on the Delhi gig scene.
Having always lived in Delhi, she doesn’t know what it would be like to be away from it. She generously gives the city all the credit for her success, as the town has always been a great teacher. “It gave me fantastic friends who constantly compel me to improve myself. The diversity of its languages, seasons, food, cultures—everything inspires me to be as eclectic as the city itself,” says Kavya, who is studying Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College.
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