Shireesh Joshi - Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Marketing Group at Godrej and an active member of two bands based in Singapore and Gurgaon.
How has your musical journey evolved alongside your corporate career?
They have both continued to flourish independently though occasionally intersecting. In the initial years post college, playing music was mostly limited to parties but after acquiring my first sequencer keyboard, I began working on song covers with detailed orchestrations. This actually created my first crossover opportunity when I did the music arrangements for a launch AV for a brand I was relaunching and the singers were agency’s budding singers. Though such opportunities have been few. The real sustained connection has been corporate career funding my instruments over the years. My musical journey took off with formation of two groups – Bandwidth in Singapore in 2004 and Sur Shanghai in Shanghai the same year. Bandwidth has been playing a concert every year since 2004 with a couple of exceptions. Sur Shanghai wound down after I (and many others) left Shanghai but now I am delighted to be part of a passionate musical bunch in Gurgaon called Gurgaon Music Café. These have also been the years when I moved from middle to senior management roles.
"I would attribute my success to understanding the nuts and bolts of what each requires and working with great people and learning from great masters"
"I have been dancing ever since I was born. Back then what I presented was a far cry from the codified style I practice today. I remember my mother recalling happy instances when she had to control her laughter over the phone while my teacher from nursery called to complain that I was instructing the other girls in the steps of Karishma Kapoor's latest Bollywood number. Or when my mother was sprouting tears of happiness as I led my kindergarten class in the Michael Jackson 'Black and White' song. These things seemed like mere anecdotes until, some 18 years later, I put aside my notions of responsibility and duty to do what made me truly happy.
"I was a star kid - school topper, did well in college. But I wanted independence, not just financially but creatively and mentally"