Portraiture and Visual Stories

Amitabh Reu - Life Story

Portraits and Life Story


About yourself

I would describe myself as a simple, fun-loving man, hardworking and passionate about music. Passionate enough to pursue it against all odds and in spite of a hectic job and family life.


What are you most passionate about?

Undoubtedly music. Music makes me forget everything around me and draws me into a magical world. Whatever my mood is, music gives me a way to express it. Even in sad moments and sad songs, somewhere it makes me feel happy.


What projects are you working on right now?

I am focusing on various aspects of music and promotion including music videos. I haven't decided if I will do covers or own compositions. I am fresh off the success of Jalwa which was an amazing experience and I would love to do more such shows, so let's see if I am successful. I also have some upcoming gigs, as festival season is around the corner.


Tell us about the most difficult phase/experience in your life.

When I was trying to break into the music industry and trying to build up a career at the same time. I made rash decisions which affected my job, all in the name of pursuing my passion. 


How did you overcome this difficult phase/experience?

Ultimately, good sense prevailed and I realised that at that point in time I had to focus on my career as I had a young family to support.  So I put all my energy into building my career, and I have to say it did pay off. However, I never ever gave up on my dream to be a singer. In my heart, I knew that when the time was right, I would return to my passion. 


What is your favourite failure which set you up for success later in life?

In pursuing my passion for singing, I even upped and moved to Mumbai, leaving behind a settled existence in Delhi. Six months in, the realisation hit me that without a godfather, it might take years to break into the industry, a luxury I simply did not have. So I returned to Delhi with my tail between my legs, somewhat disillusioned but not disheartened. I vowed to myself that I would continue singing for myself and whenever the opportunity came, I would share my music with others. I still abide by this credo and it has paid off for me, as I get enough gigs to keep my passion alive and well, without having to compromise or risk my demanding job.


What is your most prized possession?

My house. The pride of owning one's own home and being able to look after my family is both a joy and an honour. I guess this is something only Indians would relate to. 

On a selfish level I would say my voice. Without singing, my life feels incomplete.