“Some people have lives; some people have music.” -John Green, Will Grayson
And those who have music, they want to spend whole life celebrating excellence in music!
Roopali Ganguly is a very talented music teacher in Singapore, who falls in this category of people. Roopali hails from a rich musical background and she has received her initial Indian
classical training by her father Sri Arun Kumar Ganguly , later she joined Prayag Sangeet Samiti under Guru T.N. Sharma and learned Hindustani vocal later she learned Bhav sangeet from Guru Viswakarma of Prayag Sangeet Samiti. She has also learned Ravindra sangeet from Guru Swapan Samaddar from Bangiya Kala Kendra Kolkata. She has done her Prabhakar in classical guitar from Prayag sangeet Samiti.
Roopali a software engineer by profession and has been working as an HR over the years but her musical passion and the quest for musical knowledge has made her dive deep into the ocean of music. She has started her own venture Musical Offerings, as a music teacher.Roopali is a student of SIFAS , learning Hindustani vocal under the tutelage of Guru Susanta Chowdhury, she has won the best student award in Hindustani vocal in 2014. Besides, she is well versed in western piano and is a freelance piano teacher of ABRSM Singapore. As a vocalist, she has performed in India, at SIFAS and many cultural organizations here and has also performed as a pianist at Yamaha and Cristofori and at other prestigious platforms of Singapore. Women Lines feels pleasure to share about Roopali’s musical journey in her own words-
1. So when did you venture into this and what motivated you
I started learning piano from Yamaha in 2010 and also joined SIFAS in 2011 as a hobby, I was able to get through most of the exams with distinctions in ABRSM and awards in SIFAS. So it gave me a spark to start my career in teaching and I started my music classes in 2012. I never thought I will grow into this as a career and will be glued to this profession. So my motivation was my musical knowledge and the quest of exploring the knowledge into its depths.
2. Can you share with us some of the challenges faced during the initial days?
During my initial days, it was pretty challenging to teach music as a subject from home as being the mother of two young kids was not easy but my passion towards music and my knack for teaching compelled me to focus on my work and I kept on moving.
3.So how do you balance your personal and professional life?
Well to strike a balance between my personal and professional life I just follow one quotation "choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life ."
4.What would you suggest to other aspiring women who want to venture out on their own?
Women who believe in themselves can bring a change to the world . Self-belief and self-confidence are the keys to the growth of women hood. I will only say that every girl who has seen a dream from childhood should never stop dreaming and if given a chance must pursue her dreams and desires and realize her hidden talents and potentials.
5 . Is there any person who has mentored/ supported or inspired you?
Well, the person who has always believed in me and because of whom I am a successful musician , Composer and music teacher is my Husband Mr. Hemanta Banerjee , he wanted that I should follow my dreams and pursue my passion of learning music and compelled me to learn music again after so many years. My Father is a living example for me who has inspired me from childhood to always pursue my singing and my mother from childhood was always there for me to encourage me for my singing lessons and was my first audience. In Singapore, I met my wonderful teacher Guru Susanta Chowdhury of SIFAS under whose guidance I groomed into a fine vocalist and bagged the best student award in Hindustani Vocal from SIFAS in the year 2014. I also made very good friends here who once made me believe at a point in my life that education never goes waste and it proved very true with me in all my endeavors. My piano teacher Miss. Cindy and teacher Evelyn ' s fine grooming helped me to master in western piano. My other close friend's help and guidance also inspired me to make my self-belief strong.
6.What do you have in the pipeline for your ventures future development?
Musical Offerings as the name I chose itself says that we have to offer music for everyone.3 years ago, the Musical Offerings was formed and ever since then it has backed raw talent with confidence and given them a platform to showcase their talent under artist and mentor Ms. Roopali Ganguly.Every annual function of Musical Offerings witnesses heart-warming performances by the team of passionate artists; and this year it got bigger, brighter and merrier as our theme was Diwali & Christmas delight'.
We had recently given our annual day presentation at Esplanade library open stage on 9th of November 2016 to celebrate the 3rd (year )annual day of musical offerings. The show was very well organized and all the students had given outstanding performances .
Since three years Musical Offerings students have performed and passed with excellence in ABRSM piano practical and theory exams conducted by the ABRSM Singapore board. Most of the students come out with distinctions and merits.
In future musical offerings wishes to grow and give much better services to talented aspiring students.
Women Lines wishes all the best to Roopali for her bright future!
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