We had the good fortune of connecting with sreedhanya and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi sreedhanya, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
To me, success is doing what makes me happy. Making music and sharing it with people who connect with it is a magical feeling, and I know that is exactly what I am meant to do.
Alright, can you tell us what inspires you?
My turning point was almost two years ago, when my close friend passed away. Dealing with the pain of loss reopened my love of music, because in the moment, I felt like it was all I had. I started writing more than ever, and it was like a fog suddenly lifting. Such a devastating event completely shifted my perspective and made me realize how fleeting life is. Yet there I was, studying for a degree I had no interest in just for the prospect of a high salary and the respect of people I didn’t care to be respected by. The cost of those things was denying myself of what I had always yearned for.
Loss is hard, but it’s a part of life; my past helps me connect with people on a deeper level than I ever thought possible. My songs are like my diary, and as vulnerable as it is to share those thoughts, it’s crucial. All I want is for those songs to be heard by people who can find their own meaning within them. After all, the only constant through life’s unexpectedness is our connection to each other, especially through music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
You can never go wrong with the Beltline in nice weather! I love long walks, and the Beltline is filled with so many great places to stop for food and drinks, no matter what your preferences are — there’s something for everyone.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents have always been my biggest supporters. Despite not having a background in music, they never stopped trying to understand my obsession with it. From gifting 12-year-old me a guitar (because I wanted “to be like Taylor Swift”) to encouraging 23-year-old me to break the mold of a “good Indian daughter”, they’ve always nurtured my artistic side. I feel safe in my creativity because of them, and I am forever grateful for it.
Other: TikTok: @sreedhanya.mp3
The two pictures with a pink background are by Moja, and the rest are by Alex Hancu.