With sincerity and hard work he cracked the entrance exam in his first attempt and got admission into SN Medical College, Agra for his MBBS degree. During the grueling years of studying medicine, unlike other students Anuragi fueled his love for music by learning the guitar on his own. He is a self-taught musician groomed by his mentor Abhishek Singh (Golu sir) and some friends, whom he met during his graduation years. From there started his tryst with music.
Post MBBS, the good student that he was, he cracked the entrance exam for post-graduation again in his first attempt and took admission for MD in one of India’s finest institution, Banaras Hindu University (BHU). But the dedicated musician in him went along there as well and continued exploring.
Musical Journey and Formation of Band
During Post Graduation days he nurtured his music in spite of having busy schedule, studying & working hard in the hospital. He formed the first Rock Band of the medical college of BHU with the help of his younger brother Ashish who was also studying medicine from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur and Juniors Harshit, Pradumn&Arindam.
After completing his studies, this simple boy from a small town moved to the capital city, Delhi to make it big in the Indian music scene. Then, He decided to record his album in one of the biggest studios in Delhi, Beatfactory Music. His earnest dreams came true within 2 years of moving to Delhi, when country’s one of the biggest record label ‘Times Music’ released his debut music album named ‘Anuragi’sNishaani’ on 29th August 2013, worldwide. He put in 2 years of hard-work and perseverance in writing, composing and recording his own songs as a singer. The songs of his album portray the support of his mentor Abhishek Singh and his younger brother Dr. Ashish Anuragi. Ashish, his younger brother followed the same track of being a doctor and he is a born writer and musician too.
Today his band ‘Anuragi’ (named after him), led by him as a Singer-Songwriter-Composer-Guitar Player, and consists of three core members Dr. Rajesh Anuragi himself, his younger brother Dr. Ashish Anuragi and his mentor Abhishek Singh.
Now, from where he has started his musical journey as a college band, band’s old members left pursuing higher education. So, Current line-up for his full-fledged Live band which consists of Dr Rajesh Anuragi on Lead Vocals/Guitars, Abhishek Singh on Lead Guitar (Studio), Ashish Anuragi as Songwriter, Subhashish Sam on Lead Guitar (Live), Bharat Gulati on Bass Guitar &KshitijThapar on Drums.
Anuragi’s music is dribbled with Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop-Rock, Acoustic & more to say Hindi-Rock genres, has got great songwriting blended with Hindi & Urdu words. Getting popularity from his debut album ‘Nishaani’ slowly, he is all set to record his 2nd studio album ‘Zaher’, which will probably be released by the end of the year 2014.
What is your practice regime? How much do you practice on a daily basis?
We used to practice once or twice weekly and practice also depends on gigs, new songs making, jams etc.
Which are some of the artists who have inspired you?
Although, some of Indian artist has made big in Independent music scene but I’m pretty much inspired from artist from the west. I am a self-taught musician; I write and compose my songs. That’s why I like western artist because they use to write their music on their own. Unfortunately, In India, scenario is just opposite. Here music format always be considered as a part of Films, and that’s why Independent music industry never came up front.
Anyways, I’m influenced from Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Hinder, Avril, Scorpions from the west. And, Sifar, Indian Ocean & Euphoria from India.
Which is your most favorite track from the album 'Nishaani' and why?
It’s the title track of the album ‘Nishaani’. I wrote this song on 2008 when I was travelling with some of my friends on a trip to Jammu-Kashmir.‘Nishaani’ is really close to my heart coz it’s actually my story, every word of this has a great meaning for me. My life inspired me to write this song.
You have been in and around the "Alternate Rock/Pop Rock” from a long time. How much do you think it has changed during these years? What difficulties you had to face then which bands now-a-days don’t have to worry about?
Modification and blending of genres always happened. It has been changed and taken new sound from time to time and artist to artist. Though, in India we are much focused into Rock now, but in the west sound of Alternative and Pop Rock has been modified and changed a lot from yesteryears.
Difficulty being an Independent Artist is not getting a platform to get your music to the audience as mass. However, you are creating good music but ultimately it will become unheard due to lack of reach to the audience. Now a day, no record labels are putting money on independent artists and there is no showcase for them on TV, Channels, Media, Radio, Newspapers etc. so ultimately Artist’s music will become unheard from most of the audience. Yes, digital platform is good for spreading your music but there is no revenue for the artists from this. And ultimately artist gone unpaid, unheard. That’s the frustration most of the independent artists had.
Second difficulty being an Independent artist is getting live shows and song selection. If you get shows, organizers ask you to play Bollywood songs. And if you have to earn money from only source that’s live gigs, you have to play those songs. Ultimately, on a track of earning money, your music will become unheard again now which it already was. And you cannot make your own identity by playing someone else’s songs, if you to build your own identity you have to play your music for sure.
One album and so many radio appearances, what are your future plans?
I just want to be listened. People know me/band by my music. And Radio is giving me opportunity to reach the audience.
Future plans, well now I am recording my 2nd studio album, album is taking shape basically. We have planned to release it at the end of this year. We are focusing on reaching to the audience by live shows, Radio and digital platform like Songdew which is really supportive for independent artists like us.
What would be your message to the aspiring bands and artists?
Well, I’m not in such position to give inspiration message to upcoming artists/bands, but I would like to share my thoughts which I really meant and applied for my musical journey. Create, write, and compose your own music. If you really want to be known by your name, you should have to create your own music.