No one can deny that Amit Trivedi is one of the most prominent composers we have in the industry today. It's no surprise when his name crops up multiple times during award shows in the nominations for the music categories. Amit Trivedi is one of the few musicians who has brought with him a breath of fresh air into Bollywood. He has proved what a powerhouse of talent he is with his innovative vision and versatility and has given us countless hits over the years.
But it wasn't all honky-dory for him. Amit has reached this far despite suffering from speech anxiety. On his 39th birthday, here's looking at the composer's battle with public speaking, medically called glossophobia.
It is not widely known that Amit Trivedi is extremely shy and that trait has kept him away from public speaking and the media glare during the days he was new to the industry. He made his debut as a composer with Dev D that released in 2009. The soundtrack went on to become a super success. Trivedi also went on to win the National Award for Best Music Direction for the film. But despite his tremendous success, there were barely a few people who knew him well. This was largely because he was shy, stuttered and suffered from speech anxiety and feared public speaking. But he soon realised that fame demands one to live life in the public eye and that was when he started working on his disability. Today, his videos on YouTube are enough to say that he has indeed come a long way, leaving his battle with public speaking much behind.
In his recent public performance, the singer-composer is visibly boosted with confidence and enthusiasm.
Commenting on his speech anxiety, his friend and collaborator for many years and many music albums, Amitabh Bhattacharya, said, "Initially, all of us used to fear the camera and were not used to public speaking. I remember how Amit used to fumble in front of the camera and we all used to make fun of him. But today, when I see him speaking and performing with so much confidence in front of the camera, it makes me immensely proud."
Trivedi was also hailed as The Poor Man’s Rahman in his early days. Reacting to which, he said in an earlier interview, “When I did ‘Dev D’, I was just instinctively reacting to the situation and the brief, and very naturally doing the music that I do. I had no idea as to what kind of an impact will it leave on the audience. It was just me doing my music in my small little room, without an idea of what would it bring or not bring. After it released and came out, then these names started floating as ‘The Next Rahman’, ‘The Poor Man’s Rahman’, ‘The Next Big Thing’ and what not. All those tags were unique and different. I would be asked as to how I come out with such a unique brand of music. I would say that I have no idea. All these adjectives have been given by the media and the people. I was only innocently doing my thing. And that is the only way I know how to make music. So when I used to come across these terms, I would say, ‘Okay, so be it. Whatever makes people happy’,” he said.
Here’s wishing him a very happy birthday and truckloads of success this coming year! Read More