Ardhra, who blends mimicry with beatboxing and likewise does fluteboxing, offers alternative for rising stars to carry out on her Instagram page
The fame of ‘Kerala’s first girl beatboxer’ sits flippantly on Ardhra Sajan’s shoulders. Her forte is a mix of mimicry and beatboxing. She additionally does flute beatboxing or fluteboxing — a mix of flute tones and vocal percussion.
Ardhra’s tryst with beatboxing started two years in the past due to her love for mimicry. “I love imitating people and sounds of nature. In class 10, I participated in the Kerala State School Arts Festival (2017). But I got only a C Grade,” says Ardhra.
Although disheartened, Ardhra determined to attempt one thing new and that was when she got here throughout beatboxing. “I learnt the art on YouTube for three months. The videos of Australian beatboxer Tom Thum was an inspiration. I also followed Adarsh chettan (Adarsh ADJ), a beatboxer from Kerala,” she says. The subsequent yr she returned to the Arts Festival stage with a mixture of mimicry and beatboxing. She was the state-level winner that yr with an A grade and received the identical the following yr as nicely.
Ardhra, 19, now an undergraduate scholar at Mar Ivanios College in Thiruvananthapuram, has showcased her expertise in tv reveals and stage programmes. She has additionally labored in two upcoming films, Indrajith’s Aha and Shane Nigam’s Veyil.
“Beatboxing can be used in place of music instruments. For Aha, Sayanora chechi (Sayanora Philip, composer of the movie) recorded quite a few beatbox portions and used it in the songs. In Veyil, there is beatboxing in the title track. I am now working with Adarsh chettan in another Malayalam movie in which beatboxing has been used for the entire music section, including background music.” she says.
Anyone can study beatboxing, Ardhra says. All one wants is dedication. While breath management is one of many key necessities in beatboxing, the artwork additionally entails using tongue, larynx, mouth/lips and tooth. “You don’t have to learn music to be a beatboxer. But you should have a sense of rhythm. The more you do it, the better you will be. However, learning the art can put a lot of stress on your vocal cords. There have been times when I was not able to speak for days,” she says.
She took to fluteboxing impressed by Bengaluru-based Sudhir R, India’s first fluteboxer. “Since there aren’t any women fluteboxers in the country, I thought of giving it a try. Besides flute, I also do beatboxing with harmonica and the pan flute.”
These days, she is internet hosting ‘Sakalakala’, a stay session that includes “the stars and rising stars” on her Instagram page (@ardhrasj). “There are a lot of talented people looking for a platform to perform. I didn’t get enough support initially. I want to give everyone an opportunity and so I include dancers, musicians, mimicry artistes and the like in these sessions.”